So today we release the "22" lyric video unto the world.

Coming home from tour is a strange feeling. Now don't get me wrong here, you have a LOT of fun on the road, but you also work.. HARD.  Everyday you travel far, cooped up in a van with your brothers, navigating highways and traffic, sometimes straight through the night. Then you arrive to your destination and the afternoon race begins. Navigating your trailer through tight city landscapes, finding your club contact to discuss the night to come. Moving all of your heavy gear into the club. Setting up all of your merchandise in the perfect spot in the club. Then, you take advantage of whatever moments of peace you can, perhaps getting in a quick nap before the club starts to fill up. Maybe you get a meal from the bar, or maybe you forage through the van for some dollar store, microwave cuisine...  Although most nights you are too busy to eat.. So you squirrel away your meal somewhere safe. Maybe you'll get to that later. So now you clean up the best you can, more often then not, forgoing a shower. You change into your show clothes and head inside to greet the fan's and friends who have come to support you. Then, as performance time approaches, you steal way a few minutes to warm up, focus, and gather your wits. 
              The band before you hits their last note and it's go time. You load all of your gear onto the stage through a traffic jam of people, guitars, and drums, in the dark, with the club music blaring in your ears. The soundman gives you the nod that it's go time and you hit the first chord. For 30-45 minutes you play your heart out. This is the moment you are given to show them what you have got. You ride the line between completely out of breath and composure, focusing on displaying everything you have rehearsed and learned throughout the years. 
              You hit the last note and the crowd cheers. Now its time to take every piece of heavy gear off the stage, being sure not to leave anything behind.. After all tomorrow night you will be hundreds of miles away.  You hurry as fast as you can.. so you can be sure to go sell some merchandise and get some money for gas and food before people disperse from your merchandise booth. You spend time thanking your friends who came to see you play, and displaying your gratitude to those whom you have just met. You pose for pictures with your best face of enthusiasm, ignoring your exhaustion. 
              Now the people have gone home and you coagulate with your crew out back. Sorry guys we can't stay here.. We have an 8 hour drive to Atlanta.. We have to drive at least 3 hours into the dark of night, before we go to sleep in the van, to ensure we are on time tomorrow. Only to repeat the entire process.
              Tour ends and now, you are home. Perhaps you have a family to greet you, or maybe you are like me, alone. For weeks or even months you have been surrounded by people, hustle and bustle. You have had deadlines and a mission, everyday during that time. With every moment knowing what work there was, and what had to be done. No time for reflection or solidarity. Now you have MUCH more of that. You feel alone and you aren't sure why. Going from that world of having NO idle time, where you knew EXACTLY what you had to do, to this one makes you feel isolated. And only your fellow brothers from the road will understand, no one else can. You long for the constant purpose of the road once again.
             Now I don't pretend to know what returning home from combat must feel like. I have never served and have the utmost respect for those who have. But perhaps, on some minuscule level, the isolation I feel coming home is reminiscent of returning home from battle; where every moment you had a mission, and your purpose was clear. Only to return home to a world of empty time, and a black hole of reflection. Except in my world, reflection is of the hubris type; Memories of new friends and musical conquest. In a soldiers world, the memories could be as dark as the vastness of space. 
             As you watch our new lyric video for "22," please remember those who have found this reflection to be more than they could bare. Take a moment to give thanks. Reach out to anyone you know who has served this great nation and express your gratitude.  If you or anyone you know needs help go to: www.veterancrisisline.net or call 1-800-273-8255. 

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