It’s rare that I run into a band twice in just little over a month, but I had the amazing honor of finally shaking hands with these two incredible musicians last night. Both @johnaldfinn and @gooseshoes are genuine folks, who destroy stage after stage, from city to city, for a living in the band @normajeanband and oh, do they deserve it! Seeing them in Jamestown, NY a little while back was a crusher, but this go around was even better. Hopefully I run into these two again soon, as it’s always inspiring as a drummer and bassist to see these guys put more beautiful music back into the world. Thanks again dudes; love and respect! #wrongdoers #meridional #blessthemartyrkissthechild #redeemer #ogodtheaftermath #theantimother #roc #rochester #RochesterNY #inspiration #pma #posi #punk #percussion #showlife #diy #drummer #drummersofinstagram #bassistsofinstagram #hardcorelives #candid #normajean #nightverses #music #musician #mugshots (at The California Brew Haus)
It’s rare that I run into a band twice in just little over a month, but I had the amazing honor of finally shaking hands with these two incredible musicians last night. Both @johnaldfinn and @gooseshoes are genuine folks, who destroy stage after stage, from city to city, for a living in the band @normajeanband and oh, do they deserve it! Seeing them in Jamestown, NY a little while back was a crusher, but this go around was even better. Hopefully I run into these two again soon, as it’s always inspiring as a drummer and bassist to see these guys put more beautiful music back into the world. Thanks again dudes; love and respect! #wrongdoers #meridional #blessthemartyrkissthechild #redeemer #ogodtheaftermath #theantimother #roc #rochester #RochesterNY #inspiration #pma #posi #punk #percussion #showlife #diy #drummer #drummersofinstagram #bassistsofinstagram #hardcore #hardcorelives #candid #normajean #nightverses #music #musician #mugshots  (at The California Brew Haus)
It’s been a while since I’ve hit the stage or been with a group, but my passion’s all the same. Whether in a group, or on my own, I’m still here behind the kit; it’s who I am. I am very actively looking for a gig, so if you need a drummer? I’m right here. (Photo taken at the amazing @californiabrewhaus by Al Brundage, behind @pedrummer13’s spectacular custom made kit, 2013.  #drummer #music #musician #roc #rochester #RochesterNY #inspiration #pma #posi #punk #photo #positive #punkrock #sxe #showlife #straightedge #diy #drummersofinstagram #percussion #candid #vanity #vegetarian #memories #needadrummer (at The California Brew Haus)
Hello all my #RochesterNY friends. You may have heard there’s a little show at the @californiabrewhaus featuring the almighty @normajeanband and @nightverses this coming Monday, and of course, you know THIS GUY is going to be front-row center for most of the gig. It looks like THIS GUY may just have an extra ticket, purchased on purpose to give away for FREE to a person (selected at random) that wants it. All you have to do is like AND comment on this photo as to why you want this ticket and voila! I will make a selection completely at random and notify the winner on the day of the show. You have until noon on Monday to do so. There are no strings attached and the only reason I’m doing this is to spread a little joy to some unsuspecting someone, to show that hardcore isn’t just about what you look like, who you “click with”, or a specific sound. It’s about your attitude, how you treat others and what you make of it. Tick, tock goes the clock, so let’s get going on this. 3 & 1/2 days to go. #giveaway #roc #rochester #uplifting #pma #posi #positive #punk #punkrock #gimme #showlife #monday #instagrab #freeticket #normajean #nightverses #hardcore #hxc #music #TELEVISIONS  (at Irondequoit NY)
I don’t have a #wcw & considering I’ve never participated in #catsofinstagram properly, here’s my go at it. This one is special to @mama__bearrrr and @teachmehow2zombie because this adorable moment between to amazing felines occurred just before the house show of a god damned century, that was all thanks to their cooperation and provisions. For the chaos that ensued that night from some of the best in Upstate NY (Juggernaut, Cropduster, Source of Relapse, and On the Cinder), this was a beautiful moment of tranquility mere moments before it all went down. These two little munchkins were my best buddies while I waited for the adventure to begin. If you ask me, there should be cats at every house show, otherwise who’s the lonely straight edge kid supposed to hang out with? It’s nice to get this photo out there after almost a year and a half. Enjoy! #cats #kittens #catsofpunk #cute #adorable #meow #meowmix #purr #punk #punkrock #houseshow #beforeandafter #felines #roc #rochester #rochesterny #photo #meowmeow #memories #mugshots #vanity #sxe #straightedge #diy #meowmeowmeow (at The Gallows)
This is what happens when I wind-up getting to work at #HouseOfGuitars early; I fall in love with a @taylorguitars #TZ5. It’s my dream guitar that I never knew was out there, but alas, it won’t be mine for a while. A man can dream right? Someday! #taylorguitars #musician #amancandream #guitar #dreaming #dreamguitar #music #vanity #inspiration #roc #rochester #rochesterny #amanandhisguitar #tryout #gimme #iwantthis  (at House of Guitars)
Back in April 2012, I had the pleasure of meeting @jbannon of Converge in the dark quarters of Lost Horizon in Syracuse, NY. This show wound up becoming a very memorable one for me, as both he and interlocked our right hands, while he tore through (what was a new song then) “Aimless Arrow”, halfway through the show. Since then, the song has become an ode to all I have lost and how it all remains a part of me as I journey through life. This moment changed me for the better, as did all of that. For me, hardcore isn’t about going out with a bang, or how many kicks and punches you land, in the pit. It’s about connection and the way we choose to express how we feel in a positive way. This life only happens once. Thank you Jacob. #writing #wordsofhope #ROC #Rochester #RochesterNY #uplift #uplifting #inspiration #inspirational #PMA #posi #punk #AWLWLB #stayposi #giglife #hxc #hardcore #candid #vanity #memories #mugshot #syracuse #converge #aimlessarrow #allweloveweleavebehind #jacobbannon #syracuseny
If you’ve ever been blessed enough to run into the amazing sketch artist Mosiah around #RochesterNY, then you’ve either allowed yourself the opportunity to be sketched by this amazing gentlemen or you’ve denied yourself the pleasantry of meeting a very humble and talented individual with a skill-set the likes you rarely see. Not only is he an artist of the finest measure, but he’s also a gleaming soul that never tires, and only inspires. Find yourself in his presence and you’ll notice not only the speed and precision of which he produces these little masterpieces, but his incredible ingenuity. Do yourself a favor: spend a night in #Rochester and hope you happen upon him. He’ll change whatever course you’re one, whether negative or positive, and provide you the uplift you didn’t even know you were looking for. Thanks Mosiah, wherever you are, you made a great night better. #wordsofhope #writing #ROC #uplift #uplifting #inspiration #inspirational #isanybodyoutthere #PMA #posi #punk #picture #abstract #selfie #STOKED #stayposi #diy #drawing #sketchartist #gifts #handwritten #candid #citylife #vanity  (at The Little Theatre)
If you’ve ever been blessed enough to run into the amazing sketch artist Mosiah around #RochesterNY, then you’ve either allowed yourself the opportunity to be sketched by this amazing gentlemen or you’ve denied yourself the pleasantry of meeting a very humble and talented individual with a skill-set the likes you rarely see. Not only is he an artist of the finest measure, but he’s also a gleaming soul that never tires, and only inspires. Find yourself in his presence and you’ll notice not only the speed and precision of which he produces these little masterpieces, but his incredible ingenuity. Do yourself a favor: spend a night in #Rochester and hope you happen upon him. He’ll change whatever course you’re one, whether negative or positive, and provide you the uplift you didn’t even know you were looking for. Thanks Mosiah, wherever you are, you made a great night better. #wordsofhope #writing #ROC #uplift #uplifting #inspiration #inspirational #isanybodyoutthere #PMA #posi #punk #picture #abstract #selfie #STOKED #stayposi #diy #drawing #sketchartist #gifts #handwritten #candid #citylife #vanity  (at The Little Theatre)
SUCH GOOD NEWS: If you had an opportunity to be featured in some way on your favorite bands record, would you take it, no matter the cost? Well, I did. I’m proud to announce that not only will I be in attendance at @hastethedayreunion’s CD release show in their hometown of Indianapolis, IN, but I will also be featured on the record, recording some awesome “Gang Vocals” in Nashville, TN, with a bunch of other awesome folks! This a total dream come true, that I quite frankly couldn’t have fathomed. I am grateful, not only for this opportunity, but for everyone in the band who decided this music had to continue. It’ll be nice to see your faces again! #seeyousoon #wordsofhope #ROC #rochester #rochesterny #indianapolis #yesyesyes #uplift #uplifting #inspiration #inspirational #PMA #posi #punk #stayposi #gangvocals #giglife #hardcore #hxc #vanity #newbeginnings #hastetheday #guest #STOKED (at Rochester, New York)
Hidden in your light, I’m pointing to the dark, where our memories live and love goes to die. It’s where I belong. It’s where I belong. Hundreds of days have begun to blur, and all the pain, the suffering, fades, as I realize now, you never belonged to this world. #enoughalready #ROC #random #rochester #remembering #rochesterny #thesedays #theresahint #irememberyou #isanybodyoutthere #october #abstract #AWLWLB #son #diy #donna #homeisnotahome #latenight #cantsleep #candid #vanity #burntout #mom #mother #missyou #itscoming (at Irondequoit, New York)
Burned out, torn up, and my feet just can’t hit the ground any other way: running. #enoughalready #ROC #rochester #rochesterny #thesedays #isanybodyoutthere #photo #picture #plugyourholes #plugs #burntout #needarest #solitude #citylife #tryinftosurvive #selfie #vanity #wtf #madballnyc #madball (at Downtown Rochester, NY)
Home is what you make it, so I’ve made these streets a haven for my music filled memories, walking down overly beaten paths I’ve walked so many times before. It’s not the city that makes you, you make this city. Believe it #rochesterny, you can be an individual, that adds colour and vibrance to the world we inhabit. Start today. #wordsofhope #writing #ROC #rochester #uplift #uplifting #inspiration #inspirational #isanybodyoutthere #PMA #posi #punk #plugs #plugyourholes #allwehave #stayposi #diy #loveatfirstsight #candid #vanity #boutthatlife #newbeginnings #memories #photoshoot #professional (thanks to @pakusch for the photo work!) (at Downtown Rochester, NY)
One should take the time to spend time with living things, both big and small, otherwise, without it’s consistent practice, what will become of love? Love all you can, when you can, and fully. #tbt #throwbacktuesday #breakingtherules #kitten #kitty #random #punk #posi #PMA #latenight #cantsleep #oldfriend #plugs #plugyourholes #love #critters #catsofinstagram #memories  (at Lollypop Farm Satellite Location At Greece Ridge Mall)
My first love, I miss you most of all. Trying to fill this void, where once I placed the space I reserved  for you, is ongoing. Regardless of the perceived notions of what others might see, I’m still the same son, missing you, always. Some days, I’m stronger, but most I’m weary of what my world lost and what I could ever do without you. To those who say, “Life goes on”, yes, it does, but never the same. Not without her. #mom #mother #missingyou #nothingelsematters #thesedays #RIP #ROC #rochester #rochesterny #donna #remembering #remembrance #irememberyou #son