Before Jason Butler was kicking our ass and calling us to action in FEVER 333, he was bringing the urgency in letlive. Now Butler’s letting us witness his real history through his 333 WRECKORDS CREW label. The label is offering the demos of letlive.’s acclaimed album Fake History on a pay-what-you-want basis.
Today marks the 10th anniversary of Fake History‘s original release by the Tragic Hero label. The album was reissued by Epitaph in 2011. Anybody who witnessed them at that period truly saw a band on fire. Now fans can experience the raw, embryonic stages of that album.
Butler discussed the years 2007-2009 and how formative they were to him. “Whenever I think about those years, I smile and I’m overcome with this sense of inimitable nostalgia. We learned a lot about freedom during that era. Worked multiple shit jobs and/or hustled in ways that some may consider questionable just to buy equipment. Found the most nefarious of establishments to call our studio. We quite literally risked our health and lives in mobile death traps we called ‘tour vans.’ I mean one of our vans had a hole in the floor during a winter tour of America. It was completely metal inside with no lining, and my best friend and I agreed to share the back floor where the doors didn’t lock properly and would randomly open when we were driving on the highway. That’s how bad we wanted it and I truly believe it showed.”
“All we wanted to do was create something different,” says Butler about the demos. “Different than the primary music we listened to or the “scene” we would be considered in, different than that around us, different than what each other wanted at times even. That’s what made these demo years so special. We allowed ourselves and each other an opportunity to be free as creatives and as people. Our effort to be so different was ironic. One of the biggest hurdles we faced when trying to grow the band was our lack of breakdowns and swoopy bangs. But in the end, it is what made ll. so special to us and to those who became bold enough to say they liked it. The ones brave enough to come to the shows and let go with us. The ones with the courage to be different within an already sub-cultural arena. Those ll.ifers. That ll.ove.”
Fans can head over to the 333 WRECKORDS CREW Bandcamp site to get more information.
“I think I speak for us all when I say we had no idea where these demos would bring us and that’s the most beautiful part about it,” says Butler. “That aforementioned freedom and uncertainty brought us to you.”