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A dramatic scene filmed for the video takes place at the “Painted Rocks” a place where every military unit that has completed training at Fort Irwin paints their unit patches on a gigantic rock outside the front gates. This budding music scenario, however, actually began when the Boys-in-the-Band were just kids in grade school. Josh for instance started playing the violin when he was 10-years old, as did the other members all who found their musical beginnings in school plays, music classes and a longing to have what they heard on the radio. From there it was onto high school bands, and always the lure of music followed them even as they went off to college. Most of the guys by then, had without a moment of true acceptance reluctantly succumbed to the idea of going to college and getting good grades to get good jobs. No doubt, lucrative careers were waiting in the wings with 9 to 5 white shirts and black tie jobs. But standing in the way of this perfect picture was the fact that none were happy or at peace without music in their lives. “Dan, Mike and I went to high school together and started the band during our sophomore year,” says Josh who spent his early years living in different countries that were tied to his father’s job-related position. “When I got old enough to attend high school, my parents decided it was important for me to be settled in one school and start getting things set so I could attend college.” When I ask Josh how it was always moving from place to place, he chalks the experience up to teaching him about life and giving him the tools he needed to make the “world” his friend. “I never thought about it as odd or difficult. But rather I saw it as a way to learn about people and different cultures around the world. Yes it’s hard to leave the friends you have gotten to know. But you are also in a position to make new friendships as you grow, and the experience that I lived broadened my ability to appreciate what people in different culture go through in life. It prepared me for a life of being in a band.” Let’s talk about that “band” kind of a life for a minute.

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The guys tells me it’s like being in a dysfunctional marriage—only with FIVE men. A scary thought! And making it work in the day-to-day comes down to accepting and adjusting to different ideas, different backgrounds and different personalities. But they all agreed on one thing: without question there is always a conflict over something that tends to put things on hold even if it’s just for an hour or two. The group also agrees that adjusting to and working through differences and accepting that no matter... they will come is just part of the creative process; part of the mayhem; an element of the “band” process that never goes away, but does go into creating a great sound and great music. It’s a process most bands go through, and it makes the difference in whether a band makes it or not. It also moves along the process of weeding out members who don’t quite fit, and offers an open space to those who do. THE SECRET STATE went through numerous bass and guitar players and selections of who should stay. And who would go... it was a collective decision that every band, every business has to make if they want to move forward. In this case, creating and playing outstanding music was the goal and these guys were prepared to do what it took to make it happen. As Josh says… “We just finally made the decision to go with our passion and our belief that we had what it takes to make it in the music business.” Needless to say, at least for the time, out went the college educations and any hint of college diplomas that might have been lurking around the corner, and an absolute true-blooded band was born. Not surprisingly, none of their parents were thrilled with the prospect of watching their sons give up the promise of good paying future employment to hit the skids looking for a career playing rock and roll in smoke-filled bars filled with every vice known to mankind. Too bad.

All was a “GO” for the day-to-day of city to city tours, midnight gigs, little sleep, lots of hard labor lugging equipment from venue to venue, little pay and living in a van filled with cramped everything, eating drive through food when they could afford to eat. The “good life” was coming on fast, and the taste of their music dreams coming true were in sight. BUT not yet. Ironically Mike got deployed to Iraq to serve as a combat medic for the U.S. Army on the eve of their departure to make it BIG in Florida. That left Josh and Dan to take a close look at Plan-B if they wanted to move forward with rooting the band. Not an easy task.

“Night after night touring, living in a van, pulling a trailer for months at a time, eating crackers... just barely surviving and then there were those calls to our parents asking for money when we had to get something fixed or we needed to buy food.”

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