Uploaded on Aug 14, 2009
Song: Can't Go On
Album: Ornament and Crime
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Recent Activity (2005-present):
Due to the difficulty getting music released and disinterest from labels and the public, the future of Self is uncertain. Lead guitarist Mike died in May 2005, and his role in the band has yet to be filled, though the remaining members played a show in his honor on October 09, 2005. They have performed since as a full band and Matt has appeared in solo performances.
Members of the band have been working on other projects. Jason has been drumming for the band Suburban tragedy, and Matt has formed a new band, Wired All Wrong, with God Lives Underwater member Jeff Turzo. Wired All Wrong released their first album, Break Out The Battle Tapes on September 12, 2006.
On January 13, 2007 Matt announced on his MySpace blog that a new Self album was in the works. In late 2008, several new tracks appeared on Matt's MySpace.
Mike Mahaffey (1967-2005):
Mike Mahaffey was a founding member of the power-pop band Self. Founded with his brother, Matt Mahaffey, in the early 1990s, Self released two major-label albums and various independent and Internet-only albums. A multi-talented performer, Mike played lead guitar, keyboards, and bass for the band on various occasions. Before joining Self, Mike played in several bands, the most successful of which was hair-metal band Blackfish. Mike played lead guitar in the band, but contributed little to the songwriting. Blackfish released one major-label album in 1992 before disbanding. His last recorded work was on Self's as of yet unreleased Ornament & Crime.
Mike died in his sleep in May 2005. He is survived by a wife, an ex-wife, and three children. There were several tribute shows in Mike's honor held at the Exit/In in Nashville, Tennessee, with proceeds going towards a college education fund for his children. The first show featured Spongebath alumni The Katies, Fluid Ounces, and The Features, and took place on August 19, 2005. A second show on September 10, 2005, was headlined by a reunited version of Self and also featured The Privates and SJ and the Props. A third show on December 3, 2005, featured John Cowan and various musicians close to Mike. In addition, wristbands were made available for purchase and bore one of Mike's favorite phrases, "It's all good."
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