We sat down with Dane and Brad from American metal band Second Wind to find out about recent singles, new music and overcoming whatever life throws at them.
Interview by Jane Howkins
How was your 2019?
Dane: 2019 was jam packed for me but keeping the band going at a steady pace getting the EP ready for release this year was always a top priority. We are so excited to release and start playing some shows.
Brad: Great! Now that it’s 2020 though, I am really stoked for this new year. 2019 is the year we got off the ground, and 2020 is the year we release our EP, plus hopefully get involved in some shows.
Have you released any music so far this year? If so, what can you tell us about that?
Brad: Yes! We’ve released two singles from our debut EP, Gratitude and Apathy. So far people have loved listening to both, and we are eager for more.
Are you working on any new music at the moment? What are you working on, and when will it be released?
Brad: our debut, five-song EP is the main focus for us right now. We plan to use this for furthering our brand as well as a good base off which to perform live. I know we are all eager to get new material in the works though, so hopefully we’ll be churning out newer material soon thereafter.
Have you got any upcoming tours planned? If so, where are you playing and where are you looking forward to going most?
Dane: Building here at home and on social media is the main priority right now. We are definitely eager to play shows and tour but we are not rushing into anything. We want a strong connection to our fans before worrying about major touring.
Brad: Nothing right now; we want to get worked into the local scene first. Once we start building a base there and reciprocating with fans, we hope to do some “weekend warrior” tours where we can hit a few neighbouring states within a three to five day span.
Who/what has influenced you the most as musicians?
Dane: Switching from a guitarist to vocalist has definitely switched up my thinking a bit. Powerful verses and melodic choruses drive a lot of my musical tastes but lyrical relevance now plays a bigger role too. I really enjoy music and lyrics that say something, make you feel something. For me that comes from many different artist and genres.
Brad: As a drummer, Matt Greiner of August Burns Red has been my biggest influence for years now. The guy is a machine! He understands how to play in a complementary fashion to what JB and Brent are doing on guitar, and he comes up with the most interesting rhythmic patterns.
In addition to that, Ben Sharp of Cloudkicker, and Marc and Andrew of Hammock, have been my biggest musical influencers. They are super inventive with every release and always have me guessing. I don’t find many other artists on the current scene who are that ingenious with their craft, perhaps with the exception of Sithu Aye and Plini (also incredible musicians).
What have you been listening to recently that you can recommend to our readers?
Dane: Recently I have been all over Periphery’s newest album Hail Stan, Let Go by Hundredth, I, The Mask by In Flames, and Different Animals by Volumes. Not all super new stuff but it’s what I’m groovin’ on lately.
Brad: Lately I have been rocking Andy James, COUNTERPARTS, Gideon, ERRA, Hammock, P.O.D., Wage War, and As I Lay Dying. Most of these artists are solidly in the metalcore / melodic metal camps, but other genre artists Hammock and P.O.D. have been such lifelong favourites that it’s never too long before I’m jamming more of their tunes or, in the case of Hammock, probably doing something relaxing.
Why do you think people should pick up one of your records or come and see you live, and what can people expect from one of your shows?
Dane: People should pick up our records because we drive on connection. Musically we hit hard giving the words even more meaning. The words we write and sing are about connection. Showing you’re not alone, showing that we’ve been there, that we are here for you, that others are here for you, and together we can overcome anything life throws at us. They can expect a similar feeling when we start playing live shows.
Brad: I think Dane covered it super well! Indispensable, our upcoming debut EP, is just the start. We want to branch out a bit more musically and flesh out everything that each member brings to the table. We are going to be known for our live energy and how much honesty we put into each song.
Any last words for the fans?
Dane: We are more than grateful to any and all who join us on this journey, who share this experience with us and prove to themselves and us that we are all in it together.
Brad: We love you! Thanks for checking us out and listening to our music. Sign up for our email list today to ensure you never miss out on a brand new song, fresh merch, or any of the other goodies we give away to our subscribers.