and now i have a guitar named alfie and a stuffed rabbit named moosh and a set of minis and two of my best friends bc of wato deep sigh i am pleased
in the first few days of february 2012, i listened to half of the waiting room, just enough to know that i wouldn’t have to see a band that sucked. on the 3rd, i went to see ymas, and my friends and i were standing around then wato came on. my jaw dropped to the floor. this wasn’t the same band i had listened to. this was better. i actually shed a few tears over liam’s voice, and i remember a lot of thoughts like oh my god holy shit this is ridiculous. liam’s voice plus dan’s stage presence plus the sheer musical talent of the entire band created a mesmerizing show that i couldn’t take my eyes off of. when they were finished playing, i knew i had to buy their album. we went over to merch, and dan was there. gnal was $10, and i have him a $20 and told him to keep the change bc they were really amazing. i went home after the show and began listening to the album and haven’t looked back since.
that is the story of how my life got completely ruined.
okay so, i’ve just read the article in rocksound about Dan leaving WATO. i’ve been a fan since 2009, i’ve seen them four times since then and each time they’ve been amazing i dont care what anyone else says about them playing live. to me they were. i dont even know why i’m typing this out, no one really cares what i say but still. i didnt become a fan simply because of Dan and his screaming, i liked their whole sound as a band. some people dont care for the band now they’ve read how they handled this situation with Dan. other bands have done it i’m sure. it was horrible and they did handle it totally wrong but thats between the guys in the band and Dan. not fans, the way they handled it has nothing to do with us and shouldnt effect if you still like their music or not. idk i love the band and it was heart breaking for me when Dan left. even more heart breaking now seeing a lot of fans are saying they hate them.
bless. i agree with this whole thing. i’m sick and tired of people acting like this is the end of the world. like you said, it’s happened before. dan’s not the first guy to get kicked out of his own band, and he certainly won’t be the last. it’s horrible, and i have moment where i hate wato for it, but liking a band is about liking the music they produce, and judging by bleed, they’re still going to be producing fantastic music. they did what was best for the band at the time. whether or not dan thought he was 100% into it, the rest of the guys didn’t think so, and if he’d stayed, imagine how that could’ve eaten away at the band internally. what if they’d kept him on and been bitter about it and ended up breaking up entirely? i obviously don’t know everything about the ins and outs of the situation, but i think that could’ve been a very real possibility. this isn’t like jonny craig being the dick that he is and people still loving him because he’s got an amazing voice. this is a band trying to keep internal strength and (horrible phrasing, forgive me, it’s always the first that comes to mind) dropping the dead weight. i wish they would’ve let dan do warped, but it wouldn’t have made sense to. they wanted to overhaul before the new album, logically, so they need to present themselves as they are, not as they were. it sucks, it’s borderline evil, but it doesn’t make them the worst people in the world. it takes a shitload of fortitude to basically be an asshole to your friend while looking out for the greater good, so in an odd, slightly twisted way, i respect them for that. they saw a problem and knew that it had to be fixed. it could’ve been handled better, but it wasn’t, and we all have to move the fuck on. if you hate wato now because you think they’re horrible people, whatever. they did what they thought they had to do.
sorry for tacking my rant onto your rant. i have a lot of wato feelings.
i’m scrolling back through all of the dan-related posts i made/reblogged from last june and it’s weird to think that it’s been nearly a year. it feels like it’s been way longer. maybe it’s just bc the past year has been a whirlwind for me, but idk wato feels right as a four piece and i can’t even imagine what it’d be like if they still had dan.
the last gif in that post keeps getting stuck like
so i’m stuck like
i was at sephora today getting a free makeup application bc i had a card for it so why not, and the santa area was right outside. i was getting my eyeshadow did up all purdy and there was a loud bang and crash from outside and someone said gun so naturally we all hauled ass to the back. like thirty seconds later one of the employees comes sauntering back and says that someone just threw a chair. everyone goes back to what they were doing, and we all slowly calm down, but i was still shaking hours later.
that is the story of how i thought i was gonna die and the first thought in my mind was WHAT IF LIAM DOESN’T KNOW HOW MUCH I LOVE HIM