So, we’ve been doing this a long time…

…as has “new” drummer Marc, and as I prepare for tonight’s show at The Pinch in DC, I can reflect a bit.

My coworkers often ask about my shows. I guess the question I get asked the most is “do you still get nervous before a show?”


Every time.

It builds over the course of the day leading up to show, no matter how busy I am, and no matter what distractions I have. “Do I have everything?” Yes. “Even batteries for the wireless?” Yes. “Even batteries for Scott’s wireless, since he’ll forget them?” Yes.

Tonight adds multiple layers of concern, since a.) we’ve never played at The Pinch before, b.) this is the first show with Marc in over ten years, and c.) you always wonder: Are we really ready?

My nervousness always ends when the lights go down. Come out to The Pinch (all ages, 7PM, $8) and see how we address my concerns, and enjoy some butt-kicking metal from Burning Shadows, Death Penalty, and Suffer No Guilt while you’re at it.

The War Drags Ever On…

(Yes, I just used a blog post title to link a video by a semi-obscure NWOBHM band. Get over it.)

So the upcoming Division album rolls onward. Some new song titles: World Decay, Angerman, and Forever Falling. We will be playing some of these songs when we reappear this summer, in time to play at the Midwest Metal Anthem in August.

I’ve heard comments on the pre-pro demos ranging from “That could have been on Ascension” to “that sounds nothing like the last album”. We’ll see what you all think soon enough.

In the meantime, go support our friends Iris Divine through their Kickstarter for “Karma Sown”.

No, we don’t have a title yet. I’m sure we’ll let you know when we do.

“…but change is.”

So, it should be no surprise to anyone that it’s time to announce another Division lineup change – it is Spring, after all, despite the wintry conditions. Some of you probably missed Mark Taylor’s tenure in the band, as we only did one show with him. Things just didn’t work out, despite the best wishes of all involved.

It comes as somewhat of a surprise to me that, once again, the circle of metal has encompassed us. After the return of Dan and Scott, I figured I was out of former members that would want to be involved. I was partially right…

Allow me to introduce Division’s new drummer, Marc Stauffer. Many (most) of you know Marc from his longtime tenure in Twisted Tower Dire, as well as his recent involvement in local bands like Hatred and Krass Judgement. Many of you don’t know (or might not remember) that Marc’s played with us before, for several rather blurry shows in 1999, including the Powermad 1999 festival.

Marc brings a similar musical background (translation: he’s old like the rest of us), bizarre sense of humor, and a whole lot of experience in the dank, dark underbelly of metal that isn’t mainstream to the band. We’re even willing to overlook his enjoyment of NASCAR.

Division is happy to have him on board for the forthcoming album and some summer festival shows to be announced soon. Now all we have to do is schedule shows with TTD so we can get him a real workout…

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Control Issues delivers a deep assortment of musical textures and emotions through songs that have been forged and tested in the unforgiving world of live concerts.