The Heyday

28 Sep

“Hearing your own song on the radio the first time is one of those moments you’ll never forget.”

Forming in 2006, band members Randy Ramirez (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Brian Martin (lead guitar, vocals), Pete Wynn (bass guitar, vocals), and Sean Bennett (drums, vocals), have gotten major props for their sound. They’re a band that is full of energy and ready to make an impact in the music scene. Their newest album, ‘Till We See the Sun’, will be released on October 1 and it is sure to be a great success. This young band is new on the scene, but are bound to be blaring out of your speakers in no time! I spoke with Pete Wynn and learned more about the band, their future plans, and more. Read the interview below and enjoy.

Q. Since forming the band in 2006, what has been your greatest success?

A. We’ve had a lot of successes as a band since forming. I think some of our main goals that have been achieved include playing concerts all across the country, sharing the stage with bands we look up to, getting to make real quality recordings, hearing ourselves on the radio, and seeing people singing along in different states. A big standout was playing a show in Billings, Montana right when we started touring a couple of years ago. It was the first time we saw anyone in the crowd who knew the words to our songs, and we heard people singing along in the soft part of a song called “Matter Of Time.” It was an amazing feeling. Of course, hearing your own song on the radio the first time is one of those moments you’ll never forget as well.

Q. Your guys’ new album is coming out on October 1. What can your fans expect from this record?

A. I think they can expect a little bit more maturity and quality but more of the same fun, energetic music. We learned a lot about songwriting and what goes into making a record that sounds great over the last couple of years, since we put out our first album, and this EP shows it. I think the songs themselves are better, not to take away from the first batch, but they feel better to me. Fans will still want to, and be able to, sing along to every word and dance around like a maniac, but the whole thing is a progression. Very excited for people to hear it.

Q. Your first self-titled album had a bunch of hit songs on it. What was your favorite off of that album?

A. As a band, we all kind of recognize “Come In Or Stay Out” as being the favorite; it was the one we chose to make a music video of. I have too many favorites, personally. They’re like your children, how do you choose a favorite? They were recorded right when we all moved to college, and I have many great memories associated with all of them. I’m a big fan of the chorus of “Right Here All Along,” which is a song we don’t play too much any more. Something about the backup vocals and the tone of it always caught me.

Q. What is the hardest thing being in a band?

A. I’d say that touring is simultaneously fun and most tough. It takes a special kind of person to drive 18 hours overnight to get to a gig and not be too exhausted to give it your all come showtime. It’s hard to be that person every day, but you have to pull yourself together and go rock out. It’s rewarding to be able to do that, and always a relief to get out of the van. Living in Denver, we have to drive a long way to get to any shows outside of the state. It’s about 500-600 miles to get anywhere else, like SLC or Lawrence/Kansas City, so we’re always driving at least 10 hours to get to shows. We’ve driven to a show in Pennsylvania that was about 1,600 miles from Denver. THAT was tough to play.

Q. Are there any venues you all dream of playing in one day?

A. In Denver there are some venues, like the Fillmore and Red Rocks, that you always dream of. That’s where you see your favorite huge bands play when you’re growing up, and Red Rocks is a destination venue for any band who knows about it. There are your big LA venues, your Metro in Chicago, your Stubbs in Austin, and of course, Madison Square Garden. We’re not quite there yet, haha!

Q. What has been the best piece of advice given to you since forming?

A. A well known “industry” guy who’s signed a lot of HUGE bands talked to us for about 45 minutes at a show a while back. He told us that the music industry is like a puzzle with a bunch of pieces that change size and shape all the time. The biggest and most important piece, however, is and always will represent a band’s live show. If the live show is consistent and amazing, people will always come see the band play and the record sales and all of that will come how it comes. You HAVE to be good live, and we’ve worked very hard on that. I’ll always remember the puzzle analogy.

Q. You guys have toured with The Damnwells, who are also going to be featured on Sounds That Matter. What was one of the greatest things when sharing the stage with them?

A. It’s amazing to share the stage with a band like that. Before the show you get to hang out, talk about gear, hear some stories, whatever. But then they come up on stage and blow you away. You can feel their experience and it makes you want to be better, inspires you. It’s wonderful.

Q. What songs are you inspired by or cannot live without?

A. I’m a big Beatles fan, and I’m one of those people that sees their influence in everything else that’s been made since. Can’t exist without their records. Chronicle by CCR, some Paul Simon, etc. I couldn’t live without Simon’s “Late In The Evening.” All of “Revolver.” We have a lot of classic rock influences, but like Tom Petty being beat over the head by Third Eye Blind. You can hear the classic sounds and twangs in our songs, but with a ’90s update. We all listen to a lot of different music, too, outside of rock. But being in a rock band, it doesn’t make sense to a lot of people if I say I can’t live without a jazz record like Michel Camilo’s “One More Once” or Jaco’s self-titled album. Makes sense to me, though…

Q. What are some of your hopes and fears as a band?

A. Obviously we just want as many people to hear our music as possible; that’s why we spend so much time driving around the country, in the studio, doing what we do. We think we can make people happy. Everyone’s scared of the music industry totally collapsing, and there ARE disturbing trends in popular music. We have to give it our best, write the best songs we can, play the best live show we’re capable of, and the rest will come.

Q. If you were stranded on an island for the rest of your life and could only bring one of your songs to listen to, which one would it be and why?

A. I can only bring one of OUR songs? Hmmmm. We wrote a song called “Long Time Coming” that has a killer bell part in the outro. It’s a pretty mellow song and it’d probably help me relax. If you want one that we’ve actually recorded and people have heard before, then I’ll go with a new one from the EP called “Good Old Days.” It’s my favorite.

Here is a special treat from The Heyday, a song off of their newest EP, “Fools Go Fallin.”

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