matthewmcvickar:

My band Clones of the Queen (pictured above) released our debut EP Gate last week, and you can download it for free on our website. Sharing is very much encouraged.
I have loved few things in my life as much as I love music, and I have dreamed of creating music since I was very young. Over the last year and a half, my dream has come true, and as of last week I’ve got a small, round, shiny artifact to show for it.
So please allow me the following lengthy indulgence in nostalgia and mythologizing.
An obsession with Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Three Dog Night’s ‘Old Fashioned Love Song’, and Tom Petty’s Full Moon Fever lead to gluing bottle tops and a rubber ping-pong paddle shaped like a gorilla to a piece of scrap wood in the basement, drumming on them with dowels and singing, making up short songs for myself. In middle school I took a few months of unfocused clarinet lessons, and in high school I discovered music on the internet and performed in four musicals and the school chorus. A year into college, I decided to drop everything and become a music major and learn how to play the drums, but only those with prior experience could get into the music school. Sophomore year, I talked my way into the marching band percussion ensemble and spent a semester trying to keep up, and also tried to make a song a day for two weeks. I spent my junior year in Japan and made some mixes. I bought a drum set the next summer, took a few weeks of piano lessons, and quit them both when my senior year proved too academically demanding. I graduated, moved to Hawaii, dabbled in Audacity a little more, made thirteen episodes of Some Wonderful Noise, and started DJing for my friends’ parties. When I was thinking about leaving Hawaii, my friend Ara asked me to come by her band’s practice to see if I could add anything. I bought Ableton Live, learned the basics, and we started playing shows. A few months later I started playing solo shows as Lapwing. Clones of the Queen kept playing shows. A year and a few months later Manny Nieto saw us play live and told us he wanted to record us, so we asked our fans for money, went to a studio in Kailua, and recorded seven songs for an EP we called ‘Gate’.
Last week, at Apartm3nt in Honolulu, we had an official release party for the EP, and a ton of friends showed up. It was a blast.
I had always worried that I might never get around to making music, that it would always be a hobby occasionally attended, that I’d never actually acquire any musical skill. Small as it is, beginner though I am, this EP a landmark in my life. I’m proud of it. I love it.
Ara and Paul are the best bandmates and friends a person could ask for. They are creative, energetic, and kind, and every practice and show we do is rewarding, simply because we’re spending time together.
My amazing, beautiful girlfriend Lauren has been endlessly supportive and encouraging. I don’t think she’s missed any of our shows that she wasn’t off-island for.
To everybody who has given us a show, backed us on Kickstarter, given me advice on IM while I fretted about everything, or just complimented us after a show: Thank you.
I can’t wait to keep going. For 2011: at least another COTQ EP, a small tour if we’re lucky, some recorded Lapwing output and DJ mixes from me, and hopefully a lot more.

matthewmcvickar:

My band Clones of the Queen (pictured above) released our debut EP Gate last week, and you can download it for free on our website. Sharing is very much encouraged.


I have loved few things in my life as much as I love music, and I have dreamed of creating music since I was very young. Over the last year and a half, my dream has come true, and as of last week I’ve got a small, round, shiny artifact to show for it.

So please allow me the following lengthy indulgence in nostalgia and mythologizing.

An obsession with Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Three Dog Night’s ‘Old Fashioned Love Song’, and Tom Petty’s Full Moon Fever lead to gluing bottle tops and a rubber ping-pong paddle shaped like a gorilla to a piece of scrap wood in the basement, drumming on them with dowels and singing, making up short songs for myself. In middle school I took a few months of unfocused clarinet lessons, and in high school I discovered music on the internet and performed in four musicals and the school chorus. A year into college, I decided to drop everything and become a music major and learn how to play the drums, but only those with prior experience could get into the music school. Sophomore year, I talked my way into the marching band percussion ensemble and spent a semester trying to keep up, and also tried to make a song a day for two weeks. I spent my junior year in Japan and made some mixes. I bought a drum set the next summer, took a few weeks of piano lessons, and quit them both when my senior year proved too academically demanding. I graduated, moved to Hawaii, dabbled in Audacity a little more, made thirteen episodes of Some Wonderful Noise, and started DJing for my friends’ parties. When I was thinking about leaving Hawaii, my friend Ara asked me to come by her band’s practice to see if I could add anything. I bought Ableton Live, learned the basics, and we started playing shows. A few months later I started playing solo shows as Lapwing. Clones of the Queen kept playing shows. A year and a few months later Manny Nieto saw us play live and told us he wanted to record us, so we asked our fans for money, went to a studio in Kailua, and recorded seven songs for an EP we called ‘Gate’.

Last week, at Apartm3nt in Honolulu, we had an official release party for the EP, and a ton of friends showed up. It was a blast.


I had always worried that I might never get around to making music, that it would always be a hobby occasionally attended, that I’d never actually acquire any musical skill. Small as it is, beginner though I am, this EP a landmark in my life. I’m proud of it. I love it.

Ara and Paul are the best bandmates and friends a person could ask for. They are creative, energetic, and kind, and every practice and show we do is rewarding, simply because we’re spending time together.

My amazing, beautiful girlfriend Lauren has been endlessly supportive and encouraging. I don’t think she’s missed any of our shows that she wasn’t off-island for.

To everybody who has given us a show, backed us on Kickstarter, given me advice on IM while I fretted about everything, or just complimented us after a show: Thank you.

I can’t wait to keep going. For 2011: at least another COTQ EP, a small tour if we’re lucky, some recorded Lapwing output and DJ mixes from me, and hopefully a lot more.