18 Nov

“We aren’t the best, we might not be the most entertaining, but we mean it. I think it’s noticeable.”

Catchy songs, catchy hooks, great vocals. Those are just a few ways to describe Spontaneo; a band on the rise from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who were recently signed to Modern Short Stories. This group of guys are not only devoted to their music, but they also play their music with everything they’ve got. There are so many bands out on the scene right now, but there are only so many who deserve recognition and Spontaneo is getting just that. Members Diego Brynes (vocals, guitar), Mike Patroski (bass), Dave Daugherty (guitar, vocals), and Eric Leach recently released their album, “For Those Who Can Whistle” which is filled with a ton of great songs. I’m happy someone recommended this band to me and it didn’t take long for me to start listening to their album on repeat. I have a great feeling you will love their music just as much. Get to know the band a little better with questions answered by Diego Brynes.

Q. When did you guys form and what made you want to get started in the music business?

A. We started about three years ago now. Mike, Dave, and Eric all went to high school together. There was a point in time when the four of us went tot the same college, they wanted to start up a band and asked me if I could sing in it. I was a little hesitant at first, but Dave was a very close friend of mine, so he convinced me to at least try to write a few songs with them. It ended up feeling really good, the chemistry with the four of us that we just never stopped. Music is something we all live for, and it’s starting to turn into a long term goal, which is scary and exciting all at the same time.

Q. What is one thing you would like your fans to know about your band?

A. We are secretly also the Jonas Brothers. That’s not true, but that’s a tough question.

Q. You are signed to record label Modern Short Stories, who fosters bands like Punchline and Justin Oliver. What was the first thought that popped in your head when you found out your band was being signed?

A. Well, we wanted very specific things from a record label. We could’ve waited and tried to get signed to something bigger, which most likely wouldn’t have happened since we don’t have an extensive tour resume, but at the time we really weren’t able to drop everything and tour. MSS was able to offer us exactly what we needed. We needed local support and access the fan bases of bands like Punchline and Justin Oliver. The great thing is that the label is growing at the same time we are, as Spontaneo grows, MSS is able to do more for us, it’s a great relationship.

Q. What was the best part about making your new video, “Bad Weather”?

A. Besides convincing all the other members of Spontaneo to wear real human hair mustaches for an entire day, getting to work with Quanti Studios. Phil Atkins, the founder, is an old friend of mine. Watching how he’s grown as an artist with the camera has been really fun for me, I’m super proud of him. Those guys do incredible work.

Q. Who are some of your musical influences?

A. We have a lot. Many, many, many. We love Weezer, The Beatles, The Smoking Popes, Motion City Soundtrack, Foo Fighters, Saves The Day, Hey Mercedes, the list could go on forever. What’s really cool though, is that we’re friends with so many bands in Pittsburgh; (Punchline, The Composure, Mace Ballard, The I Drive, Crash City, Gene The Werewolf, and The Catastrophe) and from TDR records (Barely Blind, The Promise Hero) that we’re also very influenced by the music our friends are making. It’s awesome being a part of a musical community; I think we all really feed off of each other.

Q. Being a new band on the scene, who are some bands you dream of opening for?

A. Well, we opened up for Bayside and Hawthorne Heights, which was a rush. Motion City would be a band that’s out of our reach now, but sound wise we think we could fit on a bill with. I think like mega dream opener would be Weezer and/or Foo Fighters. So Rivers and Dave, if you’re reading this… hit us up!

Q. If you could have any artist featured on one of your songs, who would it be and why?

A. Personally, I’d love to do a song with Josh Carterer from The Smoking Popes. Unfortunately Bayside already did that when they covered The Smoking Popes song “Megan”. Josh actually sang that second verse, but he’s a pop rock vocalist I really look up to so that would be really cool. Also Dave Grohl from The Foo. He keeps coming up in this interview. Can you tell we really like him yet? Go check out “Fresh Pots”, just YouTube it.

Q. If you had to describe your stage show in three words, what would they be?

A. Lots of heart. We aren’t the best, we might not be the most entertaining, but we mean it. I think it’s noticeable.

Q. What venue would be a dream to rock out in?

A. Wimbley Stadium.

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. Not “Bad Weather”. Eric would pick “What A Waste Of Time”, Mike might pick “Nature of The Game”, Dave would pick “A Map and a Car” because he’s resourceful, and I would pick “New Tears”. That song is about a girl who was very close to my heart and passed away. I don’t think I’ll ever be a part of a better song than that one. It has my heart for sure. 

Listen to their latest single, “Bad Weather” and if you haven’t seen the video to this song, check it out!


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