SCENE TRASH HISTORY
"Johnson City" was a complete and utter accident. We had visited a local used guitar shop the day before and Nate walked out with a little mandolin to play around with. The next day Nate and I were sitting in my room playing around with the mandolin and Nate showed me some chords he had learned the night before and the song kind of took shape from there. Lyrically, the song represents a short period in my life where I wasn't having much fun with anything; I was at the end of a long-term relationship with someone I deeply cared about and we had just recorded the Travel EP. When listening to that EP I decided it needed something with a little more hope and happiness, when in reality, I was the one that was yearning for hope and happiness. So "Johnson City" was more of release for me than it was for the band's music. I just thought of how much I enjoyed touring back in the Summer of 2005, and Johnson City, Tennessee, was the first town we played in. The song describes a road trip back to that town and to better times, and actually provided a bridge to the songs we are writing/playing now. I'm happy now.
-Jeremy (Derby Lane)