Posts Tagged ‘Cooper Wallace’

It’s Friday again and we hope it’s the start of a great weekend for everybody! Here’s what the members of GRACE@ARMS are up to:

Bastion:

I’ve done some stupid things in YouTube videos like drinking a bottle of Tabasco sauce or speed-eating Qdoba burritos, but I hadn’t yet attempted to chug a 40.  Some people had been pushing me, so here it is (oh, I decided it wasn’t awesome enough so I went ahead and chugged a bottle of Tabasco sauce, too)!  Here’s the short version of the video.  If you want to see the whole version with the Capri Sun and me sitting around, scroll down!

Milo:

I’m fired up because the show on Saturday went well [Thanks, JB for covering! – All] and now I’m preparing to intern in Chicago this summer!

Bastion (again):

If you want to see the whole video (the only parts I really cut out are me waiting to burp), I decided to post that, too:

If you’re unfamiliar with GRACE@ARMS, you can find us on iTunes, Facebook, YouTube, and at our homepage, graceatarms.com (you can also find us just about everywhere else–just search for Grace@Arms or BastionAtArms). You can also keep up to date with my blog, my art projects, my music, and my madness at my Facebook, Twitter, and my original blog at graceatarms.com/bastion.

Thanks and thanks again. Keep rocking with all that you’ve got.
– Bastion, of Grace at Arms

Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) chugging a 40 oz Magnum high gravity malt liquor while wearing a Grace@Arms shirt.  This is a screen capture from a YouTube video.  All art and logos copyright Grace@Arms, Bastion Crider, Greg Crider LLC.

Bastion’s speed-eating burritos, Milo’s partying for Little 5, and Cooper’s slack lining!  Check it out!

Also, we’re a week and a day away from our concert at Mike & Joe’s in New Castle, Indiana so be sure to tell your friends, make your plans, order your sick new t-shirts, and pick up your GRACE@ARMS cards (worth $1 off the ticket price)!  In the mean time, here’s what we’re up to:

Bastion:

After I ate that over-stuffed Qdoba burrito in about two minutes, my good friend Andy Adams approached me about eating another one.  I felt like I spent too much time chewing last time and was pretty sure I could beat my time, so Adams and I sat down to tackle a pair of well-packed chicken burritos with fajita veggies, ancho chili BBQ sauce, rice, two scoops of extra-hot salsa, a scoop of corn salsa, cheese, and sour cream.  These things were monsters, but, when I matched my previous time of 2:08 and Adams polished off his burrito, we celebrated… by eating a second round of giant, over-stuffed burritos!

Milo:

I’m enjoying my final Little 5 week at IU!  BOOM!!!

Cooper:

My friend introduced me to slack lining this week.  Before attempting the endeavor, I was apprehensive.  In retrospect, I was right to be.  Slack lining is like safe, easier tightrope walking.  I used the word “safe” loosely.  If you slip, and the line happens to get between your legs, complications arise.  My advice;  respect the line.

Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) and Andy Adams eating giant Qdoba burritos with chicken, fajita veggies, rice, extra-hot salsa, corn salsa, ancho chili bbq sauce, cheese, and sour cream.

If you’re unfamiliar with GRACE@ARMS, you can find us on iTunes, Facebook, YouTube, and at our homepage, graceatarms.com (you can also find us just about everywhere else–just search for Grace@Arms or BastionAtArms). You can also keep up to date with my blog, my art projects, my music, and my madness at my Facebook, Twitter, and my original blog at graceatarms.com/bastion.

Thanks and thanks again. Keep rocking with all that you’ve got.
– Bastion, of Grace at Arms

It’s Friday and we’re two weeks and one day away from the last show Bastion scheduled before his back went out!  If you haven’t marked it on your calendar, mark Saturday, April 28 at Mike & Joe’s in New Castle, IN now!  GRACE@ARMS will take the stage at 6pm!  Bastion’s got some more information (and the other guys have some fun thoughts, too):

Bastion:

Admission for the April 28 show is $5 (you get a scoop of ice cream and some other give-aways) BUT if you show your GRACE@ARMS Ancora card (the one where you put the stickers on it to get free G@A stuff) OR any other G@A card, then you get a dollar off the admission price!

Images of Grace at Arms' (GRACE@ARMS) various business, contact, and Ancora cards.  Artwork, "Ancora", and logos copyright Grace at Arms, Bastion Crider, and Greg Crider LLC.

Milo:

“It may be that those who do most, dream most.” – Stephen Butler Leacock

Cooper:

I just finished reading the final installment in the Hunger Games trilogy, and I find myself feeling kind of empty.  The books pull you in and nearly force you to keep turning the pages.  The last hundred pages or so left me wondering, “could this have been done differently?”  All in all, however, I loved these books and would recommend them to anyone.  Cheers!

It’s Friday and we’ve got news!  Bastion will be making a solo acoustic appearance at a several-band concert outside of Imagine Music in New Castle, IN, at 1:00pm on March 31 to support local businesses and charities!  We’ll be posting more information on facebook.com/graceatarms, but save the date!  Now, here’s the band:

Bastion:

I’ll make an official announcement if/when there’s something official to announce, but IF I/GRACE@ARMS had a solo/acoustic project coming out in January, which of our songs on YouTube would you like to see on there?

Vote for your favorites by either going to youtube.com/graceatarms and “Like”ing the songs you’d most like to hear (if you don’t have a YouTube account, they’re free) or by going to facebook.com/graceatarms and voting for songs in the Poll we posted!  If you do both, your vote counts twice.  Vote for as many songs as you’d like!

 (If my vote counted, I’d vote for “A Love Poem For Ghosts”!)

Milo:

I spent Tuesday and Wednesday completing part 1 of the national boards in optometry.  Now it’s time to relax [with me at the resort/casino in French Lick! – Bash]!

Cooper:

We are in the season of growing!  The grass is sprouting anew, trees are budding, and everyone and their buddy is crowding the weight room.  One observation I’ve made is that the best lat pull-down machine is never open!  If I have learned one thing in that place, it’s to circle that piece of equipment like a vulture.  That rant aside, it has been nice to work out more often and feel a little healthier.  Cheers!

Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) playing acoustic guitar in his home, Valhalla.
If you’re unfamiliar with GRACE@ARMS, you can find us on iTunes, Facebook, YouTube, and at our homepage, graceatarms.com (you can also find us just about everywhere else–just search for Grace@Arms or BastionAtArms). You can also keep up to date with my blog, my art projects, my music, and my madness at my Facebook, Twitter, and my original blog at graceatarms.com/bastion.

Thanks and thanks again. Keep rocking with all that you’ve got.
– Bastion, of Grace at Arms

It’s hard not to enjoy a Friday.  The boys of GRACE@ARMS seem to be enjoying themselves today, too.  Here’s what they’re thinking:

Bastion:

Tomorrow is my birthday!

…and I guess I’ll finish that thought tomorrow.  So between the now and the future, here’s something I thought of in the past (you know, maybe this is a good quote for the day before the birthday of a man who’s so afraid to grow up):

As it turns out, the best is not necessarily the best, the one is not necessarily the one, and the end of everything doesn’t have to be the end of anything at all.

– Bastion Crider, 2009

Two heaps of chocolate candy bars leftover from Bastion's Chocolate Piano.  Photo by Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS), 2012.

For those of us who can't read more than 200 words before needing to look at a picture, I've finally dismantled (and begun eating) my chocolate piano.

Milo:

Now, this is the world we live in,
And these are the hands we’re given,
Use them and let’s start trying
To make it a place worth fighting for.

– Land of Confusion
by Phil Collins

Cooper:

The weather in Muncie has been phenomenal!  Gorgeous temperatures and sun soaked skies have made commutes to classes so enjoyable.  I’ve been getting the lead out all week.  The beautiful driving weather has put me in a great mood.  Cheers, everyone!

A banner designed for Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) by Grace at Arms' singer and front-man, Bastion Crider.  All art, logos, and designs copyright 2012 Grace at Arms, Bastion Crider, and Greg Crider LLC.

If you’re unfamiliar with GRACE@ARMS, you can find us on iTunes, Facebook, YouTube, and at our homepage, graceatarms.com (you can also find us just about everywhere else–just search for Grace@Arms or BastionAtArms). You can also keep up to date with my blog, my art projects, my music, and my madness at my Facebook, Twitter, and my original blog at graceatarms.com/bastion.

Thanks and thanks again. Keep rocking with all that you’ve got.
– Bastion, of Grace at Arms

It’s Friday (already?) and we’re back with more thoughts! Have a great weekend and, if you live near New Castle, Indiana, start getting ready for Bastion’s return from his back surgery and Grace@Arms’ return to the stage at a very special full-band concert at Mike & Joe’s (find the Facebook event here)!

Bastion:

I’ve been cranking out a lot of videos and chocolate pianos lately, so I think it’s time for a short news recap! This week:
1. The Lorax is in theaters and it’s amazing (and oh, so faithful to Dr. Seuss). My review is here.
2. GRACE@ARMS’ YouTube page is booming these days! We’ve had record hits this month, which top our record hits last month, which topped the record hits the month before. We’re growing! Thanks so much for watching, listening, and spreading the word! Feel free to help us turn this trend into the norm by sharing http://youtube.com/graceatarms !
3. My back continues to heal! I’m taking short trips to work and to other calm environments now and easing back into the swing of things. Thanks for all the support!
4. I’m putting in the order for the new Baseball shirts and Anniversary shirts today so they should be here soon! Thanks again to everyone who pre-ordered them–we can’t afford to make them without pre-orders so really; thanks, thanks, thanks!!!!
5.  I’ve also discovered Instagram recently so I’ve been playing with some old photos on my phone.  I’ve attached a few of Milo’s and my Maine vacation, my Halloween costume, and some other silliness to the end of this article.  Enjoy!

Milo:

“Go tell the Spartans, stranger passing by, that here, obedient to their laws, we lie.” – Epitaph on the Monument at Thermopylae

Cooper:

This week has been incredibly wild and crazy! Spring Break 2012! My week off has been spent with Raeanne, friends, and my new pastime. That pastime is the newly released Mass Effect 3! I’ve loved seeing some old friends and enjoying the time off.

Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) making a funny face.Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) in a suit, tie, scarf, and overcoat.Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) looking out over the ocean while on vacation in Lubec, Maine.Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) walking with a nurse's assistance after back surgery at the Naab Road Surgery Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) shows off his zombie costume in a mirror during Halloween 2012.A poster of Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) in front of the movie screen at the Skyvue Drive-In in New Castle, Indiana.  All art, logos, and design by Bastion, copyright Grace at Arms, Bastion Crider, and Greg Crider LLC.

If you’re unfamiliar with GRACE@ARMS, you can find us on iTunes, Facebook, YouTube, and at our homepage, graceatarms.com (you can also find us just about everywhere else–just search for Grace@Arms or BastionAtArms). You can also keep up to date with my blog, my art projects, my music, and my madness at my Facebook, Twitter, and my original blog at graceatarms.com/bastion.

Thanks and thanks again. Keep rocking with all that you’ve got.
– Bastion, of Grace at Arms

It’s a spectacular Friday for Grace@Arms!  Bastion’s drinking Tabasco sauce, Milo’s quoting himself, and Cooper’s the one talking about zombies this time!  Before we get to all the nonsense, though, we need to thank all of our fans and supporters again for all the love and support this year!  Don’t forget to go to graceatarms.com/alive2012 to get your limited edition t-shirts!

The cover of the album, Chrysalis, a 7-song LP album from rock band Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS).  Chrysalis was released March 1, 2011.  All songs, titles, art, photographs, and logos in Chrysalis, including those appearing on the cover, are copyright Bastion Crider, Greg Crider LLC, and Grace at Arms.

The Chrysalis of Grace@Arms was released one year ago yesterday and is available on iTunes (click the image) or can be purchased as a CD, complete with a highly detailed case and album insert at CDBaby.com/GraceAtArms.

Bastion:

You can’t own a hat like the one I got for Christmas two years ago unless you’ve got the kind of hot pepper appreciation that makes some people roll their eyes and other people dry them.

Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) wearing a Tabasco brand hat which contains three pockets for holding three small shots of Tabasco brand hot sauce in 2009.

Since I do own this hat (and since I could not think of anything clever, fun, funny, or otherwise awesome to do for this week’s FtBF), I decided to film myself doing something uncommon.  Some of you remember when I drank the three shots of Buffalo Wild Wing’s hottest sauce (click here for the video).  Well, today, I am drinking a 5 oz. bottle of Tabasco sauce, shot by shot.  …by shot.  …by shot.

Milo:

The only excuse for killing time is if you truly love to kill time.  Do everything deliberately.

Happy birthday to our album, Chrysalis!

Cooper:

The Walking Dead is my go-to show.  I can’t get enough of this series.  I live Sunday to Sunday right now.  Not only are there copious amounts of zombie gore, the character development is fantastic as well.  The undead sometimes take a very secondary role in this post-apocalyptic scenario.  I highly recommend this to zombie and drama lovers alike.

A logo for Grace@Arms' Facebook page designed by Bastion Crider of Grace at Arms (GRACE@ARMS) to match Grace@Arms' @LIVE 2012 visual theme.  All art and logos, and "I CAME HERE TO ROCK" copyright Bastion Crider, Greg Crider LLC, and Grace at Arms.

If you’re unfamiliar with GRACE@ARMS, you can find us on iTunes, Facebook, YouTube, and at our homepage, graceatarms.com (you can also find us just about everywhere else–just search for Grace@Arms or BastionAtArms). You can also keep up to date with my blog, my art projects, my music, and my madness at my Facebook, Twitter, and my original blog at graceatarms.com/bastion.

Thanks and thanks again.  Keep rocking with all that you’ve got.
– Bastion, of Grace at Arms