Friday, October 31, 2008

a serious read

To anyone that is willing to listen...

For those of you that do not know me my name is Steve Soboslai (pronounced Sub-Oz-Lee). I play guitar and sing in the band Punchline, which I have done so for the last 11 years since the 10th grade. I learned to play guitar with this band and have a more complete understanding of what music is alongside my band mates.

Maybe we musically jumped the gun on getting national attention? I think we scared some people away with what I feel was premature pop-punk... Some people say that this was our best music - I disagree. How could it have been, especially with having so little experience and seeing so little out there in the world. There is finally a story to tell.

We've been lost in the streets of Japan. We've stayed at the governor's house. We've lost band members to extreme serious issues that I'd rather not get into. Seen awful bands rise through the ranks by just saying what people want to hear. We've even written over 100 songs as a band. There is no doubt that it has taken 10 years for us to make our best album.

Just Say Yes was self released last month on our own label called Modern Short Stories. It was written and recorded from the heart. No record label was telling us when and where to record it or what to shoot for. The album is real and without a doubt the most genuine album we've ever made. I see right through so much of the music that comes out of this scene! Maybe when they turn 28 they will understand.

Getting to the point...

Outside of reviews from the critics (which have been quite amazing), we have had less feedback from fans and listeners of music than I had anticipated. The feedback from those who HAVE given it a chance and listened have had excellent things to say about it, but it seems as if most people just aren't hearing our music.

Money is tight. Music is easy to find for free for those who want it badly enough. Thus, I have decided to give out 100 copies of our downloadable CD for free today ALONG WITH a few extra songs - some songs you have definitely never heard, some that people have been wondering why they didn't make the cut, and some that people have been asking us to put into circulation just so they can have them on their ipods.

Please give this album an honest listen. Play it for your friends when you find the song that moves you. Please let us know what you think of the album by emailing me personally at

Thanks for your time,

Steve Soboslai

Here you go - enjoy.


Janelle said...

Steve, I just wanna say, I've met you a few times after shows, & my times spent at Punchline shows with my brother & some of the best friends have been some of the best nights of my life. Punchline has been a favorite of ours for a while, & there have been entertaining mornings when my brother & I get up, get dressed, & walk out & realize we're both wearing Punchline shirts.

I've been wanting this album really bad, but am a broke college student, so I pretty much love you for doing this.

Sarah said...

I bought the CD a few weeks ago and I pretty much loved it from the first time I listened to it :]

I love you guys.

Dagbert said...

Thanks for the record. Loving it.

Herbee said...

Hey Steve, I'm doing my part telling everyone I know about the band and playing various tunes for them. My son and I are sporting new IT CAME FROM PITTSBURGH tshirts (hilarious design! and you guys need to make a bumper sticker too, BTW) and I just blogged about you guys at my lonely "hey look! I had TWO comments this month!" blog.
Love the new cd but lately, I've been listening to "Castaway" over and over...*almost* to the point where people yell "GaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaH! NOT that song AGAIN!!!"
: )

Nicholas said...

I'm Pretty Sure That "Get Off My Train" was one of the best songs of 2008. It works great at Parties!
I'm truly shocked that most Alternative and Pop radio stations aren't playing the fuck out of it!

-Nick Kraft