Mythical: Once upon a time Dan was captured by mind-manipulating aliens that planted a small microchip into his brain that transfers and channels information through verse & audio. When this chip was activated from the distant planet that these aliens watch over Dan from he began acting strangely neurotic and wrote down alien transmissions in song form. He was then met by Nick Jenkins, a cyborg & freelance musician, and they began performing recording experiments. Shortly after their experimentations, they concocted a plan to take over the world, however, they needed a foil. Using a very disproportionately large tractor beam, they pulled in Ash Hopkins from “Starzzhip Interrprizze” and passed off their plans for world domination in the form of an unsuspecting, small operations indie pop rock band. They called their superannihilation plan for all humanoids “Run Dan Run”. They conducted hypnosis/mindthought planting experiments on the general masses at shows around their project base, Charleston, SC. They found a likely specimen for synthesizing hamsters with people in a young singer, Erin McKinley. They abducted her in a giant beam of light, gave her an aluminum foil helmet and made the first hamster-human ever recorded. They called their breakthrough discovery “Basic Mechanics.” Now they’re ready to infiltrate the homes of earthyouth in an honest-to-goodness jewel-cased CD package… muhahahahaha! Muhahahahaha!
Historical: Dan started writing crappy, overly sentimental songs in middle school. The first song he wrote he played it at a party in 7th grade hoping to impress the hot, popular girls there. However, they thought he was weird and enjoyed listening to covers of Blink 182 that his friends would do in their much more real and tangible “band”. The songs got a little better through and through but it wasn’t until he reached college and looked back on himself and wanted to vomit on himself that he finally matured. In college he met Nick Jenkins, Ash Hopkins, & Erin McKinley. In that order, one by one, they came together to play the new material that Dan came up with post-“annoying-i-think-i-know-everything-about-love-and-people”-teenage period. They put together a collection of recordings of pretty decent songs; Nick slapped some artwork of his together and they called it “Basic Mechanics.” Then ________.
Philosophical: This band came together at all different points through friendship, admiration, & passion for things we really care about (whether we admit it or not, to others and to ourselves). At this point of being different people in the same place, we try to be honest with ourselves and others. The result has been what be believe is an honest presentation of something, this point that we are at, a point which all can relate to. “Basic Mechanics” is a record of just that. Through this honesty we wish to connect with others and share what is our humanity.