Interview – Say Yes

Photo Credit: Sean O’Neill

Toronto-based rock group Say Yes released their debut album Real Life Trash Mag via independent label Dine Alone on April 29, 2016.  I had the opportunity to ask the band questions about their new record via email interview.

First off, can you introduce yourselves to our readers?

Jordan and Adam.

Who are your influences?

Everything under the sun, from classical to metal. I think when you’re a music fan and make it a career you seem to see beauty and inspiration in many forms of music.

How did you meet?

Adam and I met while we were in high school, we played in a few different bands together during our high school “career” and have been close ever since. We met Mike shortly after we formed Say Yes, we were looking for a bass player and happened to see him playing an acoustic cover set at a friends bar. He was doing a Zeppelin cover and killing it, so Adam and I approached him to see if he could play bass and he sure as hell could! We started jamming together a short while after that and went right in to the studio to record our EP.

How was the recording experience for Real Life Trash Mag?

It was a great experience, we hadn’t met Eric Ratz that long before working with him, Ian (BT) and Eric wanted to work on a record together and we were fortunate to have them both be a part of this record in the production/ pre-production sense.  It was a super illuminating experience, those two work records in a way most people don’t in this day of age. There’s a lot of fine tuning that goes in to it and trial and error.  I think that their style of writing/producing, in conjunction with our style of writing/production lent itself well to the overall record.

Were there any songs in particular that stood out for you in regards to recording and/or final production? I can’t speak for all of us but for me it would have to be Make It For Me. That was the last song we wrote for the record. It just came on so quickly, we pretty much wrote the entire song in about an hour or two. That doesn’t normally happen, normally one of us has an idea for a verse or chorus or a riff idea and it builds over a few days.  Make It For Me almost wrote itself somehow.

How has the reception been so far?

It’s been great thus far, we’ve had lots of positive feedback and have had adds to radio all across the country which is extremely exciting this early in the game!

What inspired you to name the record Real Life Trash Mag?

Real Life Trash Mag was actually a lyric in “West Memphis” that just didn’t fit properly with the phrasing of the song. The song is about a murder case from the 90s which is now infamously known as “the west Memphis three.” The whole case itself turned into a big circus. Or as we liked to put it, a real life trash magazine. Seeing as each song on the record is written about a dark character with deviant appetites we decided it would be a perfect name for the record.

For those who have yet to see you play, how would you describe your live shows?

We know it’s only rock and roll, but we like it.

At Canadian Beats, we like to include fun questions to allow fans to get to know you a bit more.

Who are your favourite Canadian artists?

There’s certainly a lot to choose from, off the top of my head I’d say Neil Young, Rush, Joni Mitchell, The Band. Then there’s our pals in Billy Talent, Monster Truck etc.  lots of amazing music is brewed in this beautiful country of ours.

What was the last album you purchased?

In all honesty it was Real Life Trash Mag. Hahaha no joke.

Do you have any recommendations on movies to watch?

Yes, do you have 10-12 hours to discuss it?  Haha.  I’d recommend everything from The exorcist, Deliverance, to  obscure 80’s comedies like Hot To Trot or Fletch.

If you ran a magazine, what would be the cover story?

Mike Zane From Say Yes Declared Handsomest New Man In Canadian Rock.

Finally, is there anything else you would like to say to your fans?  

Yes, thank you for listening and I heart all of you.

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