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

New Year. New Song. New Video. Free download! 🎸


The new year brings with it a fresh start. It brings a chance to leave the past in the past and push forward. In that spirit, many of us make resolutions to help guide us throughout the year. And we’re no different… 

What’s our New Year’s Resolution? Release our new record! AND…that starts now.

We are excited to share with you all the title track of our new album: “Into the Night”.


Making "Into the Night" has been a challenge. Between losing a band member in the thick of recording, getting sick multiple times, and just life getting in the way, it has been a long road. We only got around to  filming  the video the week before Christmas! And seriously, the song is just being released today. You are the first to hear it! We finished exporting the final version of the song yesterday morning and just exported the video last night. 

With no further ado, we give you "Into the Night"!

Download the song for free from Dropbox

Happy New Year! -Cynda, Sean and Nick

Well, we need a Bass Player...

It’s always hard losing a band member. It doesn’t matter how many times we’ve gone through the process…it never gets any easier.

Zach Popa will no longer be our bassist. Zach had many interests outside the realm of CEO and has chosen to pursue his passion for musical electronics. Zach had always served as our de facto band tech so we are happy that he is chasing that dream.

Although we are happy for him, it is still difficult to have to go through the process of finding a new member-- especially right in the thick of recording new music. The worst part is that for some reason bassists are ALWAYS the hardest musicians to find! (insert random bass player jokes here)

There’s no telling how long we’re going to need to find a bassist but we’ll meet the challenge as we always have. The right person is out there somewhere…

Until then, we move forward ever hopeful and excited to share what we’re creating with you all. And new stuff is coming....REALLY soon!

-Cynda, Sean and Nick


Drums... Drums in the deep

Cynda sitting in the producer's chair

Ok so the drums weren't in the DEEP per se, but we have started recording new music!!! 

So, for those of you who have never recorded music before, it actually takes quite a lot until you can get here to begin recording "for real"

For starters, you gotta write the songs. (well of course you do or what would you be recording) Depending on the song, either Sean comes up with some guitar part, or I have some lyrics and a melody. Then, the two of us usually come up with some other musical parts and I write some more lyrics. But the song form isn't officially done yet. 

We then bring the song to Nick and Zach and they'll just play along. We'll all collaborate as a group as to what parts we like or not and come up with alternate ideas. It's a process and some songs are easier to write than others. And if you decide to do a cover song (which we did, not telling what yet heheheheh), you gotta figure out how YOUR version is going to go. 

Now you might think, "Okay, so you've written the song, you can record it now." Well....

For Nick to be able to record drums, in a meaningful sort of way, rather than just being some Drum Monkey/Machine, he needs to HEAR the song.

That means scratch tracks. 

So before we could record Nick, Sean and I made a vocal and guitar rough track of each song, so that Nick knows where he is in the song, what parts need more energy, when he should bring the dynamics down, and so on. ONLY THEN could we record drums

So once the day came to record drums, we just record right?? Well yes... and no. 

Day 1: We set up microphones. Nick tuned and re-tuned drums. We moved microphones. We all listened through the speakers and headphones. Nick put tape on some drums. And paper. We listened again. Gaff taped the one microphone stand that wouldn't stay put to the floor. Changed hihats 3 times. 

Tweak by tweak, until we thought it sounded good. That took pretty much all day. 

Day 2 and 3: We ACTUALLY recorded the drum parts. I made Nick do parts over and over. Nick recorded 4 full songs per day. So great job Nick!!

So what is this?? Is it an album? Or just songs

Well, this will be an album. All the songs will form a cohesive album. But each song will be released as a separately as a single. All I can say now is that the overall album will be called

Into the Night...