Where there's smoke...

I don't know what it is with us and fire lately. One week Cynda sets her hair on fire and the next a wildfire breaks out in the hills near my house.

The day started out quite nice. I had been enjoying a nice lunch out with friends when I get a text from my cousin asking me if I had to evacuate. Heck of a way to start a conversation isn't it? Long story short, a wildfire had broken out in the hills behind where I live in Orange County. As I rushed home, I could see a plume of smoke in the distance but the presence of two fire-fighting choppers and a lack of worry from my neighbors put me at ease. But that didn't mean I wasn't going to grab my most valued and loved guitar, my laptop, recording studio computer, hard drives with our master recordings, and a change of clothes just in case. Thanks to the work of the fine OC Fire Fighters no homes were lost and the fire was extinguished quickly. So naturally I had to see what it looked like...

It was a wasteland: burnt plants covered the ground in a thick, black ash. Tree trunks that still stood were charred and void of any leaf and only a few patches of yellow grass still stood. Immediately I thought "this would be a great place to shoot a music video!".

So early one fine morning a week later Cynda, Nick, Zach and I found ourselves hauling our cameras, instruments, and a few chairs down into that wasteland to shoot a live acoustic version of "Half Life". The setting was perfect, a "place of waste and pain". But the beauty of the wasteland and hard times is that life will return one day and that place of pain will become beautiful once more. We hope you enjoy the video and we'll see you all real soon!

- Sean