Welcome Super Fans

 

Congratulations, you have reached the ultimate level of "Superfandom." Thanks for taking this wonderful road trip with us. It has been a blast sharing our stories, ramblings and behind the scenes fun.

Today, we bring you Sucker Punch, Back Seat Down and MacGregor's Revenge. Not bad, eh? You're also getting tons of album art concepts, stories and videos.

 

Also please take a look at our PledgeMusic store where you can order physical CDs, T-shirts, coasters, artwork and other goodies.

We hope you've enjoyed everything. I'm sad to report that this will be our last email for the album. Stay tuned for more shows and more music. - Tony

 

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Welcome Super Fans

Album Artwork

A Message from Kevin
MacGregor's Revenge

Matt and Matt


Music

Sucker Punch

Back Seat Down

MacGregor's Revenge


Stories

Sucker Punch

MacGregor's Revenge

 

Lyrics

Sucker Punch

Back Seat Down

MacGregor's Revenge

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Exclusive Videos

 

Tony, Dan and "gunshots?" welcome
you to "Superfandom."

 

Tony and Matt review album art work,
the creative process and tea cups.

 

Kevin Lyman, creator of the
Vans Warp Tour, becomes
a Beemo fan.

 

Our toon tune of doom.
MacGregor's Revenge. 

 

Our Producer Matt Tonner 
reviews the producing process. 

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OR

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download to a desktop.

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OR

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Stories

Sucker Punch

Earlier in the days of the Orlando music scene, there was a place that all musicians passed through known as Johnny’s Rockin’ Bistro.  It was up on Semoran Boulevard, north of Howell Branch in Casselberry, and shared a plaza with Wal-Mart and the Paul Mitchell hair school.  Arguably, the pizza was good and everyone seemed to love the cow pattern motif.

 

For musicians, Johnny’s was a relatively easy book. To play there, the deal was simple: you played music that didn’t suck, Johnny provided a stage, Johnny ran sound, you brought 30 people to pay a $5 cover and eat pizza, and Johnny paid you $15.  

 

I’ve never been there where it wasn’t an ‘eclectic’ night of music.  One particular night, the ‘rock’ incarnation of Beemo was matched up with another original act that sounded much like a Sublime tribute band.  They were solid for sure, but we’ve never really heard about or from them again. The band’s name was Sucker Punch.

 

The rehearsal after the show, I began to strum the Am and E chords on an upbeat, emulating the style of the band that we just played with, and Sean layered over what was anything but...this sort of surf rock/Greek wedding/gypsy sort of groove.  It stuck.

 

While we’re really not sure what happened to the band, their name lives on in a song inspired by their performance in a now defunct pizza and live music joint.

 

This is one of our songs that doesn’t really fit with the others, but seems to catch attention when we play it live.  It really is a great little jam. We’ve had a number requests to record this one, but because it doesn’t bubble up to our typical, we’ve sat it on a shelf until now.

 

Recording wise, it’s a bit different from the live version, but captures the wild and loose feeling that you get when you’re there.  This go round, electric guitar parts were mixed in with the clean acoustic, but somehow though the magic of Will’s mixing, it’s difficult to tell where the individual parts are, and feels like one guitar voice throughout.

 

I love to play this one live, for a few of reasons:

  1. it’s an instrumental, and I get to rest my voice for about 3 ½ minutes.  Because it’s different from our norm, it doesn’t usually make it into a 45 min showcase set.  It’s a great relief in the middle of a 3 hr set, though.

  2. If there’s enough alcohol in someone in the crowd, they will get up and dance.  If that’s you - please know that you make my night! And if a tipsy grown-up doesn’t get up, a care-free kid will (they’re the best)

  3. The applause that comes before the song is over.  There’s a spot towards the end that, when we play it live, drops off considerably at the end of a Sean’s solo.  People go nuts, but then realize that we’re not quite finished, so they stop...then applaud again, but this time about 3 seconds after we finish-finish, when they’re fully confident that we’re not going to start up again. Gotcha!

 

If you’ve never heard it live, consider this your personal invitation to a Beemo show.  And if you know whatever happened to Sucker Punch - we’d love to hear about it! - Dan

 

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MacGregor's Revenge

After we recorded our song MacGregor’s Revenge, I began hatching a plan for a video. We needed something fun and whimsical to act as a counterweight to the tragic demise of the young lad featured in the Celtic jam.

 

For those of you unfamiliar with the tune, the poor boy gets gets caught in a flood, stranded at a crossing and hypnotized by a demon water spirit disguised as a pretty pony. The monster drags the lad down to a watery doom, chews him up and spits out his partially digested carcass onto the banks of a frigid loch...mmmmmmmm fun!

How do you make something like that adorable?

 

Where to begin? I read the lyrics over and over again. According to Matt the song is longer than Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, so it took some time. I was looking for a way to start the first scene of the video and match the catchy mandolin line. 

 

I decided to explain the first sentence of the song. “The lad reached the river, the height of the flood.” I only had one question. Why, for the love of Mike, was the lad going to the river in a flood? 

 

Suddenly, a thunderbolt of inspiration struck. The answer... he was trying to catch a little cricket. Ahhhhhhaaaaa!

 

I had the main idea... show how something harmless, like chasing a tiny bug in a little summer shower, can lead to complete chaos and destruction. Plus, unsupervised kids tend to wander off...duh. Fun fact, the giant mystical storm brought the hungry Kelpi.

So, I made a little cricket and named him Plink after the sound a mandolin makes when it is being tuned.

Then I made our hero MacGregor and the evil Kelpi who remains nameless. Note to self, have a contest to name the Kelpi. Email your ideas here.

 

Next I prepared each scene in some illustration software - I don’t use PowerPoint like the mighty Juliano. We sent it over to our animator amigo Jason Jackowski to work his magic.

 

To mix it up, we added live footage shot at our rehearsal studio by our videographer Antoine Hart. A few edits later and we shipped it.

 

We sure do hope you like our mythical tale of killer river demons and righteous Celtic champions. Adorable, right? - Tony

 

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Lyrics

 
 

Sucker Punch

None to report

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Back Seat Down

It’s hard to get moving when you don’t know where you’re going

Motivation’s lacking when you’re standing still

I don’t want to find out when you’re out there on the highway

Saying what I want to hear right now, saying what I want to hear

 

Turn the back seat down

Turn the back seat down

There’s no one around

 

I don’t remember why you called me in the first place

I don’t remember why I even picked up the phone

Must have known that I would still respect you in the morning

Saying what I want to hear right now, saying what I want to hear

 

Turn the back seat down

Turn the back seat down

There’s no one around

 

Heels up on the dashboard as you motion over to me

I pull over and I put my fear on hold

The way your eyes see through me as they shimmer in the moonlight

Saying what I want to hear right now, saying what I want to hear

 

Turn the back seat down

Turn the back seat down

There’s no one around

Back seat down

Back seat down

There’s no one around

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MacGregor's Revenge

The lad reached the river at the height of the flood

He searched for a crossing in vain 

The black steed appeared, a bit in its mouth

And the water dripped from its mane

 

It beckoned him on with a toss of its heard 

And hid its ravenous eyes

He knew not why he climbed on its back

And it ran to the deepening tide

 

He hollered and he cried 

Stuck fast to the demon’s hide

Till the water was up to his eyes

 

MacGregor was walking and heard the boy call

Too late he arrived on the shore

There was just bits of the lad washed up on the bank

And the water’s deafening roar

 

MacGregor went down to the river each night

He prayed to protect him from harm

He lay in wait, a cross round his neck

And a dagger tucked under his arm

 

MacGregor swore revenge

On the demon horse’s head

That it won’t go drowning again

 

One night from behind him he heard a horse neigh

He turned and prepared for his doom

Felt a chill down his spine when he saw the black steed

Trotting out of the gloom

 

He felt it calling him and he reached out

He took a step toward it with dread

He summoned his will and drew out his knife

Cut the bridle clean off of its head

 

It bellowed and it cried

And the color went from its hide

And the fury blazed in its eyes

 

MacGregor swore revenge

On the demon horse’s head

That it won’t go drowning again

 

He snatched up the bridle and turned on his heels

A voice from behind him did cry

“Return it to me or by my soul 

In a day I will wither and die”

 

MacGregor went running toward his abode

With hoofbeats behind the whole way

He ducked inside while the cross on the door

Kept the foul demon at bay

 

It hollered and it cried

While MacGregor hid inside

And the next day it withered and died

 

MacGregor swore revenge

On the demon horse’s head

That it won’t go drowning again

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