This is where the DALES story began.
2 years ago, in the most trying creative period of my life, I ran into my old friend Matt Beckley at a cafe in Sherman Oaks, California. We went back to his house to make music, but instead drank a bottle of Stranahan's and watched a live bootleg of Bryan Adams playing "Summer of 69" in a stadium in Lisbon. Just him, a guitar, and 50,000 people singing at the top of their lungs in a language they didn't even speak. What a moment. I was pleasantly reminded of how great music can make you feel.
Then everything became obvious. In a world driven by more, more, more....I got excited by the power of less. Matt and I spent the next two years making songs in this 16x20 studio shed in his backyard. If the magic wasn't there with just a voice and a guitar, then no amount of voodoo was gonna make it better. The feeling had to exist in this little room, or not at all.
Then we hit record. Instead of filling the empty spaces with a million things, how could we fill them with the things we really need? The philosophy about music became the philosophy about life. Do everything simply, but with importance.
I've been fortunate enough to do this music thing all over the world. In a LOT of small punk rock clubs, a couple arenas, a few festivals, and even on someone's farm in the middle of Utah. No matter where this adventure takes me next, it's always gonna lead me right back here. To Matt's backyard, where I will write a thousand more songs with the same mission... If it's not great in here, then it's not great enough.
Thank you for all the Young For The Summer love, but I promise you this is only the beginning of the best story I am ever going to tell.