i have been trying to do this for years and years, but have failed quite miserably every time. nothing came out right. nothing was what i wanted it to be. and then i realized that that is an essential fact of life–nothing will ever be as you want it to be. i recorded the “basement demos EP” live in my basement on my laptop microphone at the conclusion of the summer of 2008. 1 guitar. 1 vocal. 1 take. completely raw. no editing. no reverb. my voice cracks. my old guitar–beat up from countless hours of use–was mostly out of tune. i sped up. i slowed down. but it was me finally being honest with myself, and with everybody around me. it is a brief look into the inner workings of what i refer to as my “swiss cheese” brain. its been a battle since day one. its been a battle to get this far. its been a battle to write and record these songs. but lo and behold–i have triumphed through it all, to fight another day. i am proud of who i am. i am proud of what ive done. i am proud of the songs ive wrote. i am lowes the gladiator.