We got a NEW BASSIST! woot

Sometimes things need to come full circle to work out. But sometimes that it takes 10 years to complete that circle.

When we lost our last bass player, I didn’t know where to look for a new one. After the experience of trying to find bassists before, it has always been a nightmare.

About 10 years ago, Sean and I met at music school. It was easy for the two of us to work together, but finding other musicians who would show up without an ego problem was challenging.

Both of us agreed that there was always one bassist at our school who we’d love to play with, but he was busy playing with a bunch of bands.

Last year, we came out to see one of his DJ sets and found out that he was mainly doing that solo now. OMG, awesome! He’s not in like 6 bands now!

So without further ado, we want to introduced you to our new bassist and awesome person…

Hector Palacios!


Trash or inspiration?

Last week, we released a new music video for the second song on "Into the Night" called Manotheistic. While the song isn't up on your favorite streaming service yet, the inspiration for the music video has been stewing in the deep recesses of my brain for 2 years. 

What inspired the video? Having a house flood. One of those ridiculous plumbing leaks that destroys the whole house. It was about 5 months before we could move back in. UGH! 

But after moving back in, there were boxes... A LOT of boxes. I thought how am I going to get rid of these quickly? I'm not. What if I reused them instead? OK. For what? Hmmmm. 

Seeing them sit there in the garage piled up high, I though they looked like towers. The FIRST word of this song. Sure, I'll need to paint them, but hey that could be fun right? (actually it wasn't..)

So that's where the inspiration for the Manotheistic video came from. Nothing glamorous or meditative. Just old, empty cardboard boxes. 

Hoping you can reuse the old to create something amazing!


A Dream Come True

It was 2003... or maybe it was .... the older you get the more the years blend together. I was in Cleveland, Ohio with my cousin going to my first Vans Warped Tour. She had been there before, but I was a Warped newbie. 

So I got as much swag as possible, went to see as many bands as possible, stood in long lines to get as many autographs as possible. By the end of the day, I was covered in sweat and dirt, but had an amazing time attending. 

And that's what I thought I would always be--- an attendee. Sure it seemed incredible to be the one on stage, but that seemed like a far off dream, a million miles away from where I could ever be. 

Now it's 2018.........and that dream is coming true! 

Cockeyed Optimist will be performing at the Pomona, CA date of Vans Warped Tour!

P.S. If you or anyone you know would like to come to the LAST cross-country run of the Vans Warped Tour, come out to the Pomona Fairgrounds on June 21st.  Tickets are available HERE.

Heres to dreams come true, Cynda

Pushing on, Into The Night.

We hadn't released new music in almost 5 years. I KNOW that is waaaaaaaaay too long. It wasn't a conscious choice, it was more not having the right people on board. 

That said, the decision to write and record new music was an easy one. Up until now, Nick wasn't even on a Cockeyed Optimist record. So after deciding to actually write new music, the album "Into The Night" came out. 

Writing the title track was somehow easy. I can't even remember how long the song took to write in total, but it definitely came out quickly. Not long after Sean got his 7-string guitar, the opening riff of "Into The Night" was not far behind. 

Drum recording on all of the songs seemed to go so well. And then came the bass tracking, which wasn't as easy. Then Sean did the rhythm guitars. 

AND THEN we lose a bass player. (BTW, we're still looking, so if you live in SoCal and can rock on bass hit us up.) It was hard to come back and record the lead guitars for Sean. 

But we keep pushing on and we will continue to do so. We hope you enjoy this Behind the Scenes of "Into The Night". 



I am so excited to announce my new SIGNATURE TONEPRINTS from TC ELECTRONIC!!!

This past September I found myself at GuitCon 2017 in Markneukirchen, Germany. It was an amazing week and an experience that I’ll never forget! And one of the things that made it amazing was getting to create my own signature pedals with TC Electronic!

With the help of Tore Mogensen (aka Pedal Jesus) I crafted a Delay and a Reverb sound that you’ll be hearing a lot more of in the coming months: the Chaos Crescendo Echo and Khazad-dûm Reverb.

Here’s a look at what went into creating both effects:

If you’re a guitarist and love pedals (like me) you owe it to yourself to check out these sounds. Unlike many people who get to release a signature product I WILL ACTUALLY BE USING THESE! If you get the chance to see us live YOU'LL HEAR THEM and please ask questions about them. I'm very satisfied with these effects and I hope you will be too.

I  want to send a HUGE "thank you" to Tore, Tobias, and the entire TC Electronic team!

- Sean

Find out about the other GuitCon Toneprints here: GuitCon Toneprints