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Contributed a cover version of Cemetry Gates to How Soon Is Now? The Songs Of The Smiths By... (2004).


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Emo band from San Diego, California formed in 2000, and on hiatus since 2006. Founder and main songwriter Josh Hagquist continues to play live acoustic versions of their repertoire.

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The Beautiful Mistake is a rock band from San Diego, California. Formed in 2000, the band released two full-length albums: the 2002 debut album, Light A Match, For I Deserve To Burn, and 2004's This Is Who You Are. They also released two EPs and had various songs featured on different compilation albums. Formed by Josh Hagquist and Shawn Grover following the breakup of their previous band, Ember, the band went through numerous member changes with Hagquist (vocals–guitar) remaining the constant in each incarnation of the band. The Beautiful Mistake released albums on SideCho Records, The Militia Group and Reignition Records and had songs and videos featured on Victory Records and Hopeless Records. The band also had their two full-length albums re-released in Europe on Sorepoint/Eat Sleep Records and in Asia on Bigmouth Japan. The Beautiful Mistake toured with numerous hardcore, punk and rock bands including Further Seems Forever, Brand New, Hopesfall, Elliott, Funeral For A Friend, As Cities Burn, Fall Out Boy, Senses Fail, Moneen, Every Time I Die, Open Hand, Glasseater, Brandtson, Anberlin, The Myriad, Copeland, and Emery to name a few. They were also able to share the stage with bands like Snapcase, Shelter, Common Rider, Underoath, Atreyu, Avenged Sevenfold, and Boysetsfire during their extensive touring of the U.S. They also made repeated appearances at CMJ fest in New York and SXSW in Austin Texas. They also had songs featured on numerous television shows on Mtv, Vh1 and the WB network. In 2005 The Beautiful Mistake were included in the movie "Bastards of Young" released on Art & Industry Films. The movie showcased the growing post-hardcore DIY music scene and also included interviews and performances from Taking Back Sunday, Thursday, Midtown, Jimmy Eat World, and Armor For Sleep. Interviews were taped at the annual Surf & Skate Festival in New Jersey in 2004. The Beautiful Mistake played its last full-band show at Purple Door fest in Pennsylvania in 2005. Josh, Shawn and Armin Tchami reunited for an acoustic set at Tomfest 2008 and played songs from every release. Since 2006, Hagquist has played guitar in The Midwinters, from San Diego, and bass guitar in The Lassie Foundation, from Los Angeles. Josh also plays guitar in The Stranger Kings from Orange County, California. TBM guitarist Shawn Grover was in a band from Eugene, Oregon called Moher. Josh Quesada plays in a band from Longmont, Co called Francis and the Wolf. Jon Berndtson played guitar in Cue the Doves and performed vocals in two bands, Get Young and Years Spent, all from Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Beautiful Mistake (Josh Hagquist, Shawn Grover, Jon Berndtson, Josh Quesada) played two reunion shows in Southern California in late March. The first show was at the Chain Reaction in Anaheim, and the second was at Brick By Brick in San Diego. The Beautiful Mistake is currently working on new songs. Included in the line-up is original guitar player, Steve Dunlap. The album This Is Who You Are peaked at No. 49 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart, and No. 22 on the Billboard Top Independent chart.Derek Hess created the original piece of artwork for the cover of The Beautiful Mistake / Ettison Clio Split EP on Reignition Records. (Released in 2006) In May 2019 The Beautiful Mistake recorded a yet unnamed 5 song EP with Beau Burchell. January 2020 The Beautiful Mistake announced their new EP "You're Not Broken, I Am" will be released on Wire Tap Records in the US, and Disconnect Disconnect Records in the UK/EU. The first single "Memento Mori" was released on January 27th exclusively on Kerrang! In September of 2021 The Beautiful Mistake played Furnace Fest in Birmingham, Alabama. Their set included songs from "Light A Match...", "This Is Who You Are", and their newest EP "You're Not Broken. I Am."