When you're the main songwriter and driving force in a successful band, you often find yourself
creatively stifled. Your fans have certain expectations, and therefore you have an obligation to
deliver to them an album that meets their expectations, fits in their comfort zone, all while
growing and maturing as an artist. The problem with this is, true artists are capable of so much
more, music to them is an art, and the urge to create something new and exciting is something
that they can't suppress. Ace Enders found that success, both critically and commercially during
his tenure as the main songwriter of The Early November. The band went on to sell over 450,000
albums (3 of which sold over 100,000) And as much as Ace loved penning rock classics such as
"Ever So Sweet" and "I Want To Hear You Sad", he wanted more, he wanted something different.
He wanted to be able to write songs that were more experimental, and creative. He wanted to
work in his own studio, on his own schedule and create songs that were truly important to him
and a pure reflection of who he was as an artist. These desires grew until they finally manifested
into "I Can Make A Mess", Ace Enders' solo project.