breaking benjamin confessions

“BB’s music is sort of cathartic, for me. It’s quite negative sometimes, but somehow it takes all the negativity from inside me and leaves me purified. I always feel much better, much calmer, after listening to breaking benjamin… it’s the feeling of calm after the storm has passed.”

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So, BB came to my city last night, obviously I went. I just wanted to share some of the pictures and videos I have with you guys. They really put on a fantastic show and if any of you haven’t seen them live, you need to do it! They are very humble and truly care about their fans and that shows through their performance. I hope you guys like the pics!

-G

“I love how often Ben tweets pictures of his cat. I think it’s really sweet, and it makes me feel like we have something in common.”

You can find Ben Burnley’s Twitter here. :) -K

“I checked The Shallow Bay today and instead of the usual site, this message was on the screen. This has got to mean things are happening in camp BB, and I am so excited!”

I’m not sure if the logo is supposed to cover the words a bit or not, but that’s how it looked when I checked the site for the screencap. In any case, “The tide is out, the bay is low. We will be back soon!” :D -K

“In my darkest hours, Breaking Benjamin has helped me get through. There’s something about Ben’s voice and the strong lyrics and the bewitching tunes that just frees me.”

“Ben named his cat ‘man’. That’s so uncreative, and this is coming from someone who named their guinea pig ‘pig’.”

Just so you know, Ben’s cat is actually named Zach. Ben just calls him ‘Man’ because he’s mean. :) source

-K

A message from the mod

Hey, guys.

I’m just sitting in my house, listening to some old Breaking Benjamin bootlegs and thinking about how grateful I am that I found this band. I came across Breaking Benjamin when I was fourteen and they were touring for Phobia. Breaking Benjamin’s music helped drive me through the hardest part of my teens, through some truly horrible experiences, and I’m standing on the other side because I had BB on my side. What’s so amazing to me is that there are other people who feel the same way. Despite where we come from, who we are and what we’ve known, Breaking Benjamin connects us all and that speaks volumes to me.

At first, I didn’t feel like a real BB fan. My family was broke and I couldn’t afford the albums, so I had to pirate them. I didn’t own any merch. I don’t live in America so I could never see them live. I joined The Shallow Bay, but most of the members seemed a lot older and so many of them had been with BB since before Saturate was even released… I felt like a teeny-bopper with a crush on Ben up until the wait for Dear Agony. When Dear Agony was announced, I got to go through the torturous waiting process and it really felt like a rite of passage. When DA was released, I felt like a real fan, as if I’d earned the right.

When I think about it now, I realise that it was kind of douchey of me to feel that way. Right now, there are kids who are looking through their brother’s CD collection or their sister’s iTunes and stumbling across Breaking Benjamin. There are thirteen year-olds watching videos on YouTube and clicking on the first Breaking Benjamin song they’ll ever hear. There are twenty year-olds who might not have enjoyed Breaking Benjamin when they were active that are growing to love the grit in Ben’s voice. Sooner or later, these people are going to listen to more of the BB repertoire. They’re going to fall in love with the ascending chorus of Evil Angel, listen to Forget It and momentarily think they’re listening to a different band, fall asleep to the soothing acoustic of Rain, turn up their speakers and belt out the chorus to Shallow Bay… these people are going to fall in love with Breaking Benjamin the way I did and they’ll become fans regardless of the timing.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve been a fan since Polyamorous hit the radios or if your first BB song was I Will Not Bow. It doesn’t matter if you own fifteen tour shirts or scribble the lyrics in the back of your schoolbooks. It doesn’t matter if you’ve loved them for one year or ten years. You are a fan if you love the music and how it makes you feel. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know the difference between Inertia and Always, if you love the way the music affects you then you’re a fan.

Right now, there are a bunch of people who haven’t gotten to experience that nervous anticipation for a new Breaking Benjamin record and I hope that they will get to feel it soon. I hope for all of our sakes that Ben is on the hunt for new musicians and that we’ll all get to bond over the sweet relief that is new BB music.

I’ve let this post get away from me a little bit, and I apologise. I’m considering putting it under a ‘read more’, but I think I’d rather just clog up your dash with my rambling. :P When I began writing this, I intended it to be a thank you to all of my followers here. I can’t even begin to tell you how thrilled I am when I see that someone has submitted a new confession or that people are reblogging the ones already posted. I’m overjoyed that, even though The Shallow Bay and Unknown Soldiers are down, even though we’ve been starved of Breaking Benjamin for years now, Benheads are still united by their love for brilliant music. I’m so proud to be a member of this fandom, and I’m really glad that you guys are here with me. Breaking Benjamin brought us all here, and I’m so glad to see that we’re still here.

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I’m getting a bit teary-eyed. haha. I can’t wait to usher in a new era of Breaking Benjamin with you guys. Keep soldiering on. :)

-K