Going Forward, Looking Back

GOING FORWARD We did it! Well, you did it! Hell, we all did it! On July 15th, we celebrated the release of our debut album Somnambulist. Friends and family gathered at Last Exit Live to hear two of our favorite bands open the show; Ghetto Cowgirl and Japhy's Descent. The list of "thank you's" continues to grow as the community continues to embrace and support us. Of course there is Uncle Curtis from STEM Recording--always there guiding and supporting us. Thomas Laufenberg, you're a genius and consummate teacher. Deon Doughty for the amazing interpretation of our music in the album art.

Most recently we have gained friends and support from Mitchell Hillman who has been incredibly kind, generous and genuine in his reviews of our music. Also, KWSS and Beef, thank you for taking a chance on the new kids and supporting us and the show. After the show, we were imparted with some sage advice; this is a community and the community looks out for one another. It works because of the reciprocity that exists in this community. And then, we were welcomed. Not as in "you're welcome", but rather welcomed into the community. There was no better way to end an already perfect evening than with that.

LOOKING BACK

In early June, our guitarist Todd parted ways with Young's Modulus due to ongoing health issues. It was a difficult decision for all of us, but Todd needs to be healthy as does the band. We wish Todd nothing but the best and good health and he will forever be a part of Somnambulist and for that, we are grateful. As the saying goes, "when one door closes, another opens" and Ryan King willingly walked through ours and boy, are we glad he did! Ryan was an integral part of Somnambulist as well since he works at STEM with Curtis and worked with Young's Modulus on the album staring with preproduction. It was clear that after only a few practices together that Ryan was going to become a permanent member of Young's Modulus.

So, without further ado and in the spirit of GOING FORWARD, we are happy to officially announce the NEW Young's Modulus with Mike on lead vocals and guitar, Tommy on skins, Sean on bass and.....Ryan on guitar! We could not be more excited and there is already so much in the works for us. Mike and Ryan are already writing, talk of a Somnambulist tour is on the table and plans to return to STEM next summer is being discussed. Also, the website is going to be revamped and of course, shows, shows and more shows!

The success of Young's Modulus in our year together is not lost on any of us and we plan to keep the momentum going. And with you and the community that we have been embraced by, anything is possible and we intend to achieve it and pay it forward every step of the way. #StayTuned and #RockLocal

Here we go, here we go, here we go now.........

To say that a lot has happened since we finished recording with Uncle Curtis at @STEMRecording, is an understatement. Our album has been successfully mixed and mastered and just about ready for release. After an arduous search for the perfect artist to translate our songs into the album cover, we were fortunate enough to be put into contact with Deon Doughty. Our connection with Deon was instantaneous and his artwork for the EP we are dropping and the full album are nothing less than amazing. You can check out his work and long-term project capturing the ever evolving AZ music scene at www.azrockandroll.com We have played several shows, but none like the shows we have this month. In January we played an EP release show for another local band, Moxie, by way of The Heartless Bartons, and found true friends. We kicked off our April show fury at @ThirdSpace on the 16th with Moxie (facebook.com/moxiemusicaz) and LA-based, Name the Band (facebook.com/nametheband). The energy from that show still has us on cloud nine! In fact, we and Name the Band are planning to put together a few Southern California shows together sometime in June so #StayTuned.

Tomorrow we are playing our biggest show to date at Crescent "fucking" Ballroom (as we affectionately call it)! And, once again, Uncle Curtis has taken us under his wing and, more importantly, trusted us with his reputation as a sponsor for this show. We are once again joined by our other band family Moxie and are excited to be playing with Monaghans Dixon (facebook.com/monaghansdixon) who also recorded at STEM. We are dropping our two song EP "Sleepwalker" for this show and are beyond excited, humbled and terrified!

Next up is planning a full-scale album release for our album "Somnambulist" and gigging, gigging, and gigging some more. We have shows at The Rebel Lounge and The Rogue Bar before the end of the month and don't plan to slow down anytime soon.

Now, this is all great and wonderful and somewhat surreal. But, we would not be here without the undying support of friends (old, new and gone-to-soon) and YOU, the fans. Yeah, we do this because we love it, but YOU, the fans make it all the more special. The connection that we have made with those that we would have otherwise never known is something that cannot be described. Fans are the fuel needed to keep on writing and playing and so, never stop being fans; never stop going to shows; and, NEVER ever stop being genuinely you and we promise to do the same.

With that, keep an eye out for our summer album release party for #Somnambulist sometime in May. See you at a show! #YMNerds #SleepwalkerEP #Somnambulist

Not Farewell, But See You Soon

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Our time at STEM is coming to a end, our album is almost done!  I can confidently say that we all have grown from this whole experience, learned a whole lot and made some great friend. Curtis, one of the very first things I remember you asking us was, "Have you started writing your second album yet?" Well, fear not #YMNERDS! we have a second album already in the works as I write this. Your support and guidance is and always will be appreciated, never forgotten, and thankfully you didn't hand us all "work boots".  Thomas, you have me day-dreaming about tones, transient sounds, and raw guitar POWA, and you did this--with a guy-- that doesn't know a chord the way that most do. Your patience, knowledge, and kindness will forever be remembered:

Thomas: *Click* "You ready?" *Click* MJ:"I'm good to go." Thomas: *Click* "Ok, here we go." *Click* Thomas: *Click* "Oh, and fuck off." *Click*

There are far to many things to list, but grateful for each and every one of them, you guys are the best.

Thanks to everyone that helped us along the way. Thanks to our families and loved ones both now and then, to our oldest and newest friends, and the support that each of you have given and continue to give. Your belief in us, love, and friendship will forever be valued.  We are very appreciative, more than I am able to convey. So, as we look forward to the future we see each of you at our next show :) and #StayTuned, more info to come!

Going Forward!

Forever Thankful,

Mike, Todd, Tom and Sean

Week 4!

We are finished with week 4 recording! Drum tracks, done. Bass tracks, done! Guitar tracks, done!! Vocal tracks... almost done! The finish line is getting closer! This week we said goodbye to Thomas. We will all miss you and cannot thank you enough for your insight, care, and guidance! Until next time!

Curtis, @STEM Recording, continues to motivate, inspire, and guide us!

Chris, you are awesome! Thank you for all your help throughout this entire process and for hanging in there when Mike and Tom... banter... back and forth.

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Week 2!

Another amazing session! Thank you Thomas L. for all your guidance, the tones that you pull out are incredible. Curtis you are the man, you continue to be a invaluable resource and guide throughout the entire process and a walking sports almanac (how does he do this)! Thank you Chris for all your help during production! Drums for Our Road down, lead and rhythm for The Promise captured.  @STEM Recording  #StayTuned #YMNerdsIMG_2513 IMG_2511 IMG_2514 IMG_2510 IMG_2508 FullSizeRender IMG_2518