The songs comprising 'No Drugs No Friends' were written over the past 2 years with the sole intention of making it through some really rough nights. They weren't all meant to be shared, until one of us got drunk enough to show them to another, and another one of us was drunk enough to say "Fuck it let's make a band!". They are personal songs about anxiety, love, and the destructive choices we sometimes make to cope with those feelings. We don't offer much in terms of solutions, but I hope you can still find solace in our stories.
Make August Count is:
Zach Ezer - Drums
Jason Sloan - Vox/Guitar/Trumpet
Anthony Porcelli - Vox/Guitar
Daniel Giovanniello - Bass
All songs written by Make August Count.
Recorded during December 2k15 in Zach's living room in Middletown, CT, and the Porcelli's basement in Manhasset, NY.
Engineer: Zach Ezer
Photo Cred: Eli Maskin
Model: Elizaveta Kravchenko
released March 22, 2016
Special thanks -
Zach: I want to thank my parents, the families of everyone in the band, and the BHT crew. Without them, the album and our first mini-tour would have never happened. On paper, I had a terrible time. We recorded the first half of the album in my apartment, two microphones at a time, then I moved into Dan’s attic while we recorded the rest. We drove to Queens to get me a kit, and had to try half a dozen computers to get our gear working. We had next to no idea what we were doing, and no money to do it with, even if we did. But we did have a few great songs. I feel like I came into this band after it had already hit a triple, all I had to do was jog the run in. Despite everything that happened, making this album was a great experience. I’ve never been more excited (and less sober) making music. I fell in love with these songs, and all I can hope is that anyone listening to these songs has the same reaction I did when I first heard them.
Dan: To my family, thank you for all the support. To my friends, thank you for all the love. To Jasons/Anthonys/Zachs families, thank you for helping to accommodate us in so many ways. To State Lines, thanks for the inspiration. To Jason, Anthony, and Zach, thank you for being a part of this band with me – we are literally four friends creating music together, I don’t think you can ask for anything more than that.
Jason: S/O the rents, UR, other family members, the combined squads of Warped/Penis Monglers 2*, the inhabitants of 65 Pearl, the Giovanniellos, the Ezers, the Porcellis, the families of all our friends (esp. the Ritterbands for the basement show), and all of the DIY emo bands who paved the way and really made us feel like there was value in creating our own music. Also if you haven't seen Crazy Stupid Love I just watched that for like the fifth time and it's still dope strongly recommend.
Anthony: Thank you to everyone who helped Make August Count become a thing that is real. I owe you all the world.
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