EMQs with Second Wind

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Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Chicago based Melodic Hardcore band Second Wind. Huge thanks to drummer Brad, Vocalist Dane, and Bass player Jordan for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
Brad: Hi! I’m Brad and I play drums in Second Wind.
This band started out as my own private idea around March 2018. Loving melodic hardcore but also knowing I’d need additional band members to get this new band off the ground, I plunged ahead and started reaching out to friends. I’m grateful to say that just a few short years later, our first EP is almost finished, and man, are we ready to release it!
After his return from Colorado, my good friend Dane and I met up so I could share the music and discuss his interest with him. To my excitement, he loved the songs right away, and we’ve been working on the band as a group ever since. Jordan recently joined us on bass, and he’s been an excellent addition to the band!
Jordan: I’m Jordan, I play bass. I joined the band not too long ago but I’m proud to be a part of this great group of guys. 2020 is going to be a great year!
Dane: Brad nailed the history, but I’m Dane and I am the vocalist. Brad, like he said, came to me shortly after I moved back to the Chicago area from Denver. The music got me from the start and joining up originally as the guitarist, but then switching to vocals has been a crazy experience for me. A great one though, and one I’m happy to be a part of, but a whole new world from previous bands.
How did you come up with your band name?
Brad: I love answering this question! Having been a musician since age 16 and knowing I wanted to play music the rest of my life, I have long since recognized the need to continually push forward. I learned that there are moments in life where no one but you will be encouraging you to take that next step. In the midst of a season of massive life change for me, I realized I needed to buckle down like never before and get it done – especially in launching a new band. So, I thought for a few nights and realized my “second wind” had come; hence the name.
Jordan: The name was already established before I joined, but I think it’s a great fit for the band and our goals. The name also represents the hard work and dedication that Brad put into getting the band off the ground.
What country are you from and what is the Rock/Metal scene like there?
Brad: We are all from the United States. The US has an amazing metal scene. People here are very passionate about metal and regularly attend shows; often selling them out.
I have seen so much good come out of the metal community. There are so many people, myself included, who have found a community and common experience in the metal scene. People have done benefit shows, fundraisers, and co-ops all as part of the metal and hardcore scene. It’s a vibrant group of people who love the same kind of music and want to see lives and worlds changed in the midst of heavy riffs and nasty beats.
I have also made lifelong friends and had experiences of a lifetime with bands I’ve played in, and bands we’ve had the pleasure of playing with. In large part, everyone is so supportive, and people want to see you do well. I love it!
Jordan: We are from the US and there are so many different “metal scenes” that are unique in their own way. I’m most familiar with the Chicago scene and I love it. Everyone is so friendly and open minded. We have some great bands in the area that are picking up momentum so keep an eye out!
What is your latest release (Album, EP, Single, Video)?
Brad: Our latest release is “Apathy”, the second single from our upcoming EP, “Indispensable”. If you love bands like Counterparts; Gideon; Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!; and Wage War, you’ll love this track. We’ve already had worldwide radio play on this track; something we’re super grateful for. A number of radio hosts have given us 5/5 ratings through RDX Promo, our radio partner. Give it a spin today!
Jordan: Apathy is the latest single and an absolute banger if you ask me. It’s catchy but unique and has a positive, uplifting lyrical message that I think many people can relate to.
Who have been your greatest influences?
Brad: I love all kinds of bands, from metalcore, to death metal, to hardcore, and even ambient artists like Eluvium. My top five of all time are August Burns Red; Killswitch Engage; Unearth; Hammock; and Cloudkicker. Ben Sharp is super impressive with the stuff he puts out; his mind is inventive. I grew up on bands like P.O.D.; Project 86; and Rage Against the Machine. These bands helped set the foundation for what I love today.
Jordan: Lately, I’ve been influenced a lot by Phinehas, Of Mice & Men, Polaris, and Gideon. I do, however, appreciate and try to learn from many other genres.
What first got you into music?
Brad: So many different things! I think I first fell in love with music listening to P.O.D.’s album “Satellite”. That changed the game for me, at the time. I instantly connected with the music and knew there was something unique and powerful out there, unlike anything else I had ever heard. They put so much passion and purpose into their music, I couldn’t help but look deeper. Sure enough, just a few months later I was discovering other bands, and the rest is history, as they say. Music is my biggest passion in life.
Jordan: My parents met in the college marching band, so music has always been a big part of my life. I grew up on classic rock like Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Guns n Roses, etc. In middle school, I discovered Avenged Sevenfold. I played in a school band, but I started experimenting with drums and guitar in my own time and became drawn to distorted guitars and fast drums.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Brad: I would love to write a song with Unearth or Ben Sharp of Cloudkicker. They produce some of my favourite riffs of all time. They also know how to write a well-packaged song, and that’s what’s kept me a fan of theirs for this long. They are good at taking conventional ideas and turning them upside down.
Jordan: If I had to pick one… I’d say Gideon. They just seem to write songs a little differently than everyone else and I’d love to pick their brains.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Brad: I would love to play Wacken Open Air. That one is legendary!
Jordan: Hellfest! I just remember watching videos of it in my college classes and wishing I could be there to experience it. Playing it… would be insane.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Brad: I don’t know about weirdest… Fortunately, nothing has weirded or creeped me out haha. Though I have gotten some great high-fives and hugs in my day, and that is the absolute best! I always return the favour.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Brad: Thank you for supporting us; tell us what your favourite song of ours is, and why you like it so much!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Brad: Either Chuck Schuldiner from Death, or Nick Menza from Megadeth. Schuldiner because he wrote so much advanced material for their time, or Menza because he was a great drummer on some iconic Megadeth albums.
Jordan: Jimmy “the Rev” Sullivan.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Brad: The opportunity to bring an idea together with like-minded friends and have the time of your life. Music is such a gift to the world. Also, as Jordan says, the only downside to being a musician is if it’s not your full-time job yet. Though we are working on that becoming a reality.
Jordan: Being able to express myself freely. Also feeling a song come together as a payoff for hard work. The only thing I don’t like about being a musician is having to work a job that pays for my gear and stuff. It takes away from the time I could spend practicing or writing.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Brad: I would want musicians to see that they don’t have to flounder from a business perspective. There are dozens of tools out there, that when properly used, actually move your music career forward. We have built a Facebook page of nearly 1,000 real fans and almost 50 email subscribers in just a few months because we’re using proven strategies.
Jordan: I wish some people were more accepting and open minded to new bands. There are so many newer bands that don’t get the credit they deserve.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Brad: “Phantom Anthem” by August Burns Red.
Jordan: “City of Evil” by Avenged Sevenfold.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Brad: They all have value! Whatever floats your boat. That being said, CD’s to me still have the most value, because you can easily listen in your car if desired, on a home stereo, you can pop that bad boy in your laptop for digitization, and still have the CD artwork and lyrics to admire. It’s the whole package!
Jordan: Cassettes have sentimental value to me because I had a truck in high school that only had a cassette player. My mom gave me a box of cassettes that she had from college, so I was always jamming Appetite for Destruction and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Brad: My old band The Aperture Schematic got to open for Insomnium at The Forge in Joliet, IL. That was a moment I’ll never forget. Since Second Wind just got launched in July 2019, we are still ramping up for our first show, but we hope to hit the stage around late spring or early summer.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Brad: That’s a hard question…. I can’t imagine music not in my life! If I weren’t a musician though, I’d be writing and publishing books – which is what I already do in my spare time. Writing is my second biggest passion in life.
Jordan: I’m an aircraft mechanic so I would probably just be working a lot of overtime. I’d probably also be fixing and collecting motorcycles.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Brad: John L. Mason, Tim Lambesis, Rand Paul, Matt Greiner, and Bruce Dickinson. Just like Jordan, this is a very strange combination, but they are all good thinkers, and I’d love to meet them (or re-meet them) and hear what they have to say about various topics in life. I’m sure there’d be memorable discussions!
Jordan: Glenn Fricker, Jared Dines, Jared Keeso, Eliza Taylor, and Kevin Windham. Weird combination but I’d love the chance to meet all of them.
What’s next for the band?
Brad: Like Jordan said, our EP release is the next big checkbox. We need to get a good launch for that, and then hopefully shortly thereafter (or coinciding), we’ll have our first few shows.
Jordan: The EP is coming very soon! Then it’ll be time to hit the stage.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Brad: We are active on all the major social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. In addition to those, we work on our Bandcamp and Spotify presence.
We also have our email list here, which you can sign up for to get exclusive goodies and sneak peeks before anyone else does (seriously; you don’t want to miss out!).
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Brad: I’ll be honest; I had to look up what a jaffa cake is! Haha. Never heard of one before. To me, they look like a biscuit, but it looks like it’d taste more like cake. Whatever it is, it looks yummy!
Jordan: Not entirely sure. They look good though. Can I say none of the above?!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Brad: We really appreciate you interviewing us! Be sure to rock “Apathy” if you loved this interview.
Jordan: Thank you for having us!
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