I Am Gary Hampton.

Past Self/Future Self
June 26, 2008, 3:12 pm
Filed under: Blogs

So I stumbled across an old private blog I had from 2004, essentially a mix of poems/songs as well as (essentially) an online journal to document my failing attempts at relationships. Reading back on those posts is amazing. What have I learned?

I’ve learned that if I would have listened to myself 4 years ago, I’d probably be better off today. My past self has now given my present self advice for my future self, because I’m still going through the same issues, and yet I’ve already figured out how to fix them. The problem is I don’t listen to myself and I continue to make the same mistakes.

As one of my old songs says from October 2005:

And she whispers “will you ever learn from your mistakes?”
And I say “it sure doesn’t seem to look that way.”

When will I start listening?



Funeral For A Friend Interview (2004)
June 24, 2008, 9:59 pm
Filed under: Interviews, Music

I’m going to start posting old band interviews I’ve done, starting with this one. Probably my favorite one I’ve ever done, had such a great time talking to Matt from Funeral For A Friend.

I know there’s a lot of text down there, but if you have a few minutes please read it and let me know what you think!

Band: Funeral For A Friend
Member: Matt Davies (Vocals)
Label: Ferret Records
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Date: November 14th 2004
Interviewer: Gary Hampton

Thank yous to Steve and Ken at Warner Music for setting this interview
up, and of course Matt for hanging out with me.

All photos were taken by Gary Hampton

When I heard that Funeral For A Friend would be coming into town I got excited. This would only be their second time here, and I would be there once again. Then when I heard they’d be playing two nights in a row, that got me even more excited. These guys put on a great live show, and when they came through recently I had the chance to sit down with Matt Davies and discuss anything we wished to discuss.

MATT: I am Matt Davies and I pretend to sing and sometimes dance quite crazily in Funeral For A Friend.

As a british band they have conquered the british market and have set their sights on America. Since the Coheed And Cambria tour last April the band released an album here in North America and are in town with back to back shows at the Kool Haus with Taking Back Sunday. Not only are they rocking hard and entertaining the crowds, but also the crowds are reacting back and taking notice to all that the band has to offer. But exactly how much of difference is there between playing opening shows over here than playing headlining shows in England?

MATT: To be honest with you there’s not much difference I think. I think the only differences would probably be the fact that we’re probably bigger in the UK than we are over here and the attendance I guess is probably, you know, more for us than there is over here but it’s kind of cool to kind of try to win over new audiences over here with the new bands we’ve been playing with. It’s generally kind of like a nice challenge thing again, because sometimes you can get kind of complaisant with playing in front of an audience, and when you’ve played an audience that has already converted to your music than it’s kind of easy to get more comfortable with your situation. This way, these shows keep us on our toes, kind of keep us edgy and stuff which is always a good thing in my point of view. So I guess the shows over here are probably a lot edgier than they are over here.

For a new band starting out it’s a task to make a name for yourself in your area, and eventually grow and spread to bigger areas and build a large fan base. That’s exactly what these guys had to do in England, and now coming overseas it’s pretty much like they have to do all of that hard work again.

MATT: It’s kind of like starting over again which is an enjoyable experience in itself because that’s what I enjoy about being in a band is the shock of people that have never heard you before and have really gotten into you. It’s always kind of gratifying when people come up to you and say ‘i’ve never seen you before’ or ‘this is my first time seeing you and you guys blew me away’ and that’s the kind of reaction we want to get. We want people to take notice of us, even though we are from the UK and the kind of music we play is kind of popular now and there’s alot of bands about it I think we do it well enough for people to actually sit up and take notice.

But Funeral For A Friend isn’t the only UK band to be making it big in North America recently. Bands like Muse, Lostprophets, Snow Patrol, they’ve all been getting their break within the past year or so. Why is it that North Americans are finally starting to notice what Britain has to offer? Continue reading

For Rory
June 15, 2008, 2:35 am
Filed under: Blogs

An old video I made in graaaaaade…10? 11? An intro to a tv show we never ended up making. I did a couple of different versions of full episodes as a pilot but it wasn’t interesting to anyone other than us. Whatever, I learned a lot doing it.
We were reminiscing earlier and Rory said I should post the old intro I did with Thrice and Brand New music, and I totally remember it. I couldn’t find it, but this is a shorter intro I did with a short segment (which is pretty dull), which funnily enough also has Brand New music and actually has the short scene which was the reason why we were discussing the old intros!

Enjoy Rory…and anyone else who decides to watch.


Wonderland Owes Me.
June 13, 2008, 7:13 pm
Filed under: Blogs

My Facebook Status from Sunday night – Thursday night

All week I was excited to go to Wonderland.

And when I finally go, I get my season pass and have a great time.

Until the last ride…when we get off and notice someone has stolen Jenny’s purse, holding Jenny’s, Josh’s and my cell phones and wallets.

You owe me Wonderland, you owe me. You handled this problem terribly and we deserve something in return.

Story to come.


Ps. Here Rory: Brand New – Brothers

UPDATE: We had our season’s passes refunded which was great, but they haven’t done anything else to help out. Jerks.