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    The Beautiful Mistake

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    1Wide-Eyed And Wasted lyrics
    2Love Was Not Enough lyrics
    3Stabbing Backwards lyrics
    4Cold Hands (For Dying Hearts) lyrics
    5Wide Eyes lyrics
    6A Friendly Committee lyrics
    7Lancaster, Pa lyrics
    8Mix Tape lyrics
    9Wide Eyed And Wasted lyrics
    10Walking Wounded lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1Beautiful Mistake [2002]
    2Light a Match for I Deserve to Burn [2002]
    3This Is Who You Are [2004]


    Josh Hagquist - vocals, guitar
    Shawn Grover - guitar
    Jon Berndtson – bass
    Josh Quesada - drums

    Riverside, Ca

    It's been a few years since THE BEAUTIFUL MISTAKE got their start, but if you ask bassist Jon Berndtson, they still feel like they're just getting started.

    And in many ways, they indeed are. Though seasoned road veterans, having hit the road several times both domestically and abroad, THE BEAUTIFUL MISTAKE finally feel like they're making headway, gaining recognition and attaining satisfaction with their efforts. Case in point, the band's newest offering, their sophomore album This Is Who You Are, which hits streets April 6th via the Militia Group.

    "This is the first time we've ever been able to bring out the influences in our music and be completely happy with every single song," says Berndtson.

    Since the band's 2002 debut album, Light A Match, For I Deserve To Burn (The Militia Group), THE BEAUTIFUL MISTAKE really have made noteworthy progress, quickly rising to become one of the label's all-time best-selling releases.

    But such accolades and triumphs didn't come without a price. The Southern Calif.-based quartet had a revolving door of several drummers to contend with. In fact, the day before pre-production was to commence for This Is Who You Are, the band kicked out their drummer at the time. Fortunately, things came full circle when a familiar face came to the rescue at the eleventh hour — the band's original drummer, Josh Quesada

    "It was unbelievable," says Berndston of Quesada's re-entry. "We went into pre-production, and he'd take a break, I'd show him a song and he'd learn it in like, five minutes. He was getting songs nailed on the first or second takes."

    With a solidified line-up, the sessions for This Is Who You Are went into full gear last fall, produced at a few first-rate recording studios by major-label studio gurus Michael Rosen (AFI, Santana, Rancid) and Tone.

    "We wanted to find the right people to work for us," notes Berndston, "that were not only our friends, but believed in what we were doing and we were excited about. Because then, everything comes out quality. We just wanted it to be perfect."

    THE BEAUTIFUL MISTAKE even solicited the producers' viewpoints when it came to their lyrics. Rosen and Tone had the band explain the songs and then provided direction and ideas on much of the content.

    "For us, lyrics are a big part," Berndston says. "And for this album, we wanted to basically do open-heart surgery. We wanted to take what's inside of us, and put it on the outside so everyone can see it. Because we're not scared of that."

    Musically, THE BEAUTIFUL MISTAKE combined their influences into a succinct package for This Is Who You Are, working to merge the heaviness and experimental side of Failure with the pop sensibilities, melody and chaotic guitars of U2. But the band didn't rely solely on others' creations for ideas — they even referred to their own material from their debut album as a litmus test for the songs on This Is Who You Are.

    "My standards of our best stuff from [Light A Match, For I Deserve To Burn] are like 'Light A Match' and 'On Building,'" says Berndston. "So we had to take the best parts of both of those songs, and multiply it times ten for every single song. There couldn't be any filler songs. Everything had to be well thought out and just rock."

    Fortunately, the material on This Is Who You Are isn't just about guaranteed rocking — it's sincere, personal and forthright. But then again, THE BEAUTIFUL MISTAKE are the first to realize that anything less genuine would be viewed as half-hearted.

    "You don't write songs to try and sell records or to make money," Berndston says. "That stuff comes in its own time, the music speaks for itself. But the only way the music speaks for itself is if you're true to yourself and you're writing songs that you truly believe in."

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