Thank you!

The Armoires would like to thank everyone who came out to see us at The Other Door for our special tribute to Ian Bulbenko.  It was an amazing night and the love and warmth we felt from the audience was truly humbling and awe-inspiring.  We love you.

For those of you who missed it, we presented the entire set that we had rehearsed with Ian for our debut show in September, just before we lost him.  Sean Barillas from Nate and Larysa’s band Mantis sat in on the drums; thank you, Sean, for doing such a wonderful job filling in for an impossible act to follow!  Larysa came up from UCLA to provide her unique and gorgeous viola parts.  We were able to do the two songs that were cut from our debut show (“Bagfoot Run” and “I Can’t Even Hear Myself Drink”) and even debut a new song, “Wire Girl”, with Nate on lead vocals.  We’d also like to thank Michael Bulbenko for his heartfelt introduction, and our friend Skot Fuchs for running sound and lighting.

For those of you who missed it… we missed you, too!  We will have news of new shows very soon.  We’d also like to thank all the friends old and new who stayed to talk, hang out, and catch more music with us afterwards.  The Other Door has always been home away from home for The Armoires and will always be our home base.  It was wonderful to share memories, talk music and life, and feel that the gift that Ian gave us will go on and grow with your love and support.

That’s the way we’re supposed to say it, and it’s all true.  In all honesty, though, a few hours before the show, Christina and I had no idea if we’d even be able to get through the set.  We’d rehearsed our asses off, but inevitably sorrow and fear of letting Ian down were very present in our hearts and minds, and we both felt we might even be crazy for attempting this.  It is no exaggeration to say that the reception we received from our friends, Ian’s friends, and people we had never even met before, transformed those emotions into joy and celebration and what we hope was a true testament to Ian’s legacy.  The passion, commitment and sheer mind-boggling talent of Nate and Larysa carried us through.  We choked up a few times, but we also laughed and joked and reminisced and felt truly loved.  It was an unforgettable and unique experience.

The music should and will go on.  Ian will always be with us.  And dammit, we’re going to have a good time, as he always wanted everyone to.  Thank you all so much, from the very core of our hearts and souls.

-Rex & Christina