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Dayton, OH
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Poptek Recs is a simple label with big pop songs.

Honest Download

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We are excited for the new The 1984 Draft album, "Makes Good Choices". So excited that we want to share their next single, "Honest", with you for free download. Plus we have some heartfelt commentary about the single from The Draft's lyricist and vocalist Joe Anderl. You can get this song and the rest of their good choices by ordering the 12" vinyl now before the album releases on August 24.

"I feel like every record needs a "thank you" note.  A thank you to those who listen.  A thank you to those who stand by you for 1, 5, 10, 15, 20 years of playing music.  A thank you to everyone who has bought a record, come to a show, booked us, helped us put out a record, offered advice, greeted us with friendship, and provided a floor to sleep on.  Without the listener / fan / friend, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do. 

When I sat down to write "Honest" I don’t think I was in the best head space.  It was a definite time of transition in my life, one of those "why am I still doing this" kind of moments.  For the better part of 20 years, music has been my passion.  It’s been my hobby, job, play thing, fun, and therapy.  It’s how I know most of my friends.  It’s been my weekend activity over and over again.  It’s some times my safe place but at others my greatest adversary.  At 39, I don’t know what else to do with my life.  I vested so much in this that I don’t know if I could ever just go find another hobby.  There is literally not a day that goes by where I don’t think about it.  I’m a lifer at this point and I am ok with accepting that.

Over the years, music has brought a lot of really special people into my life.  The people who stand up front, smile, sing along.  The people who keep you going.  The Brian Ostrander, Ty Owen, David Massimini, Kyle Sowash, Mark Kramer, Tim Anderl, Sean Gardner, Kris N., David Payne, Art Jipson, Tod Weidner, Gary Thornton, Larry Evans, Jay Woessner, Andy Ingram, Amanda Anderl type of people.  These are just some of the people who have at one time or another been the reason I continue on.  There are too many to count and list.  Show after show, day after day.  They have shared encouraging words, hours in the car, nights at the bar, tears, joy, and a few Pabst Blue Ribbons along the way.

If it wasn’t for them I don’t know if I’d be here right now." - Joe Anderl