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February 18, 2008

Grudge Match (part 1)

Many of you probably know about the Elany Arts soccer team. We play in a competitive, indoor league in Delaware. Elany sponsors the team (hence the name) and a bunch of us play. The team is made up of friends. It is a lot of fun, and I have to say, we are not bad.

Many of you also probably remember The Look Machine's quest to find a good record label after we recorded our album. Well, one of the labels we "applied to" was Jade Tree Records. It just so happens that they sponsor a soccer team in our devision. They take their team very seriously. They write up all of the games on their site, and they generally make a big deal of their soccer team. I sent them this email today.

SUBJECT: Jade Tree United to be crushed in grudge match

Dear Jade Tree:

Tonight Jade Tree United will face Elany Arts. "So what makes this game different?" you may ask.

The Elany Arts soccer team has 3 members of DE band, The Look Machine, on the roster. The rest of the team is made up of friends / fans of the band.

The Look Machine was formed in DE over 5 years ago. They have played countless shows (some with other jade tree bands), built a large and dedicated fanbase, enjoyed radioplay on WSTW and other local stations, and most importantly, enjoyed every second of the ride.

When they had an album produced by Boysetsfire, they thought that they would send it to jade tree along with a press kit because they believed that they would be a good fit.

They never heard back and they followed the advice on your website. They didn't call and pester you about it. However, that doesn't mean that they have forgotten and it doesn't mean that for 50 minutes tonight, they won't take great pleasure in beating the daylights out of your soccer team.


Collin Palkovitz

P.S. A proposal: If you win tonight, The Look Machine accept the silence. If Elany Arts wins tonight, you give the album another listen and let the band know what you think.

Posted by collin on February 18, 2008 04:12 PM


that is so awesome!

Posted by: jason on February 18, 2008 04:29 PM

I smell a record deal.

Posted by: Ian on February 18, 2008 04:58 PM

all we need to do now is back it up with a win.

ps - any replies yet?

Posted by: paul on February 18, 2008 06:00 PM

please crush them....i hate jade tree...

Posted by: joshua Latshaw on February 18, 2008 09:49 PM

Congrats guys!!! Great game.

Posted by: Ian on February 18, 2008 09:58 PM


Posted by: joshua Latshaw on February 18, 2008 10:49 PM

Elany Arts won the game 6-5.

Posted by: Anonymous on February 18, 2008 11:19 PM

actually it was 5-4.

Posted by: paul on February 19, 2008 01:57 AM

So, if they offered us a deal now . . . what would we do?

Posted by: Xerxes on February 19, 2008 03:12 AM

take it and release the album.

Posted by: jason on February 19, 2008 03:26 AM

Thats even better than when I wrestled my boss for my current job. Congrats!

Posted by: jaysonjaz on February 19, 2008 10:31 AM

This is basically how I got darby to marry me.

Where do they post the match reports!? I want to read it.

Posted by: jason on February 19, 2008 12:27 PM

haha--I love it! Great idea, Collin!

Posted by: jessica on February 19, 2008 12:41 PM


they have jade tree united scarves. we need to out do them. we need elany arts suit coats or ear muffs.

Posted by: paul on February 19, 2008 01:41 PM

What is Grudge match part 2 going to be?

Posted by: Anonymous on February 19, 2008 02:10 PM

I bet you anything when they write up this game, they will say something like "and then as the buzzer went off our shot went in the goal! If only we had 2 more seconds we could have tied it up." When in reality, if the buzzer hadn't gone off, we would have easily stopped that shot . . .probably with one of their scarves - it was so slow!

Posted by: christian on February 19, 2008 02:21 PM

We had just stopped their offense at the end of the game. I stepped over the ball and left it behind when the buzzer went off (because the game was over) and one of their guys kicked it in. They all cheered and moaned like it ALMOST counted. Whatever. They never would have even gotten that shot off if the game was still on.

Posted by: Collin on February 20, 2008 09:34 AM

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