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SINKHOLE: “When everything is wrong; I keep my head in a song.” Seems about right for a life credo, no?”Sinkhole” is one of those songs built around a guitar riff that had been banging around in my head for a while. I love the guitar tones (Gibson 335/Mick and Gibson SG/John) and the three distinct rhythmic patterns that make up the song. Lyrically… I’ve always been fascinated by sinkholes. I remember when I was a kid, my dad and I went over to my Grandmom’s house in Trenton. Inexplicably, a big hole in the ground appeared in her backyard. My dad and I had to fill it (mostly my dad if I remember right). My grandmom lived in a row house, so we had to haul the filler dirt through her house (no other access to the yard). Amazing to think the earth can just randomally open up and swallow us – terrifying really. Good material for a song in my opinion. “Under the green grass; there is a sinkhole…” Ahhh! – Mick

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from Three Nights (2010), released May 1, 2010

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The Successful Failures Trenton, New Jersey

Formed in 2005 in Pine Hill, NJ The Successful Failures are Mick Chorba (guitar, vocals), Ron Bechamps (bass, mandolin, vocals), Rob Martin (drums), and Pete Smith (guitar). Eight full length albums under their collective belts and the band is still difficult to pigeon-hole. Call them indie-rock, power-pop, roots, or Americana, or better yet: no-nonsense rock 'n' roll. ... more

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