Indie/Rock band Secondhand Sound are a four-membered collective comprised of Sawyer Estok (Vocals/Guitar), Collin Plank (Drums), Cameron Schmidt (Lead Guitar) and Teagan Proctor (Bass). Secondhand Sound was originally just Sawyer and Collin but by a stroke of luck, met Cameron and Teagan and instantly formed a bond within their passion for music. Together since 2018, Secondhand Sound’s influences include Led Zeppelin, Kings Of Leon and The Black Keys. Powerful influences don’t stop these guys from creating their own unique and eclectic music.
With a debut EP on the horizon, Secondhand Sound released their single “No Good For Me” and we can’t stop listening. Secondhand Sound’s mighty, crunchy guitar riffs together with their pummeling, rhythmic textures and dynamic edgy vocals are laced with old school elements while still maintaining the focus of a modern indie band. With a rhythm section throwing down tight grooves and guitar big enough to put a hole in your chest, it’s hard to believe the band is only four guys. Upbeat and addicting, “No Good For Me” is a song that anyone can listen and relate to, or just jam out to. The song gives off an old school rock vibe, while still keeping things indie and modern. It’s hypnotizing rhythm keeps your interest, while the lyrics let your mind wander. The guitar chords are spectacular throughout, the drumming is precise and hard hitting and the groundbreaking sound of Sawyer’s vocals will have you craving more. We can’t wait for the debut album, stay on the lookout for Secondhand Sound!
Listen to "No Good For Me" here and get to know more about Secondhand Sound below!
Hi guys! How did you come up with the name Secondhand Sound?
Sawyer: Collin Plank (the drummer) and I were in his basement one day trying to figure out what to call ourselves. We got a little off track and I somehow ended up exposing how a lot of my family members smoked as I was growing up (I have a big family). I went on to joke that I’ve probably secondhand smoked a thousand cigarettes when I was little going to family gatherings. Somewhere in the same conversation we got to talking about Easy Eye Sound, Dan Auerbach’s record label. Thinking out loud I said if I ever had a record label I’d call it Secondhand Sound. We wrote it down and kept thinking of names but that one proved to be the better out of the bunch.
Collin: Sawyer and I were sitting in my basement during one of the early band practices when it was just the two of us. We did not have a band name at this point but we were just starting to write and record demos. Sawyer had mentioned that he would visit his grandparents growing up and they were smokers. We talked about how much secondhand smoke we have experienced as I also had been around smokers growing up. Then we realize a lot of our music that we were creating all had this certain “sound” that came from our favorite bands at the time. We put the two words together and we became Secondhand Sound ever since.
When you’re not making music, what do you all do?
Sawyer: Study and work so that we can create more music. Even when not playing music, the band enjoy hanging out in each others' dorms and playing games and what not.
Collin: Growing up I spent the majority of my time playing ice hockey and then I would do music on the side. Then midway through high school I lost a lot of interest in playing the sport and wanted to focus more on music because I felt that was where my passion was. Honestly since then it feels like all I want to do is music and I am perfect fine with that.
Can you tell us about the meaning behind the lyrics in “No Good For Me”? What inspired this song?
Sawyer: I went to high school in the suburbs of Maryland. You always have those girls that form clicks where they’re all the same person. In college they join sororities. They all bleach their hair, wear the same clothes, and all look like Oompa Loompas because they are so obsessed with being tan. To top it all off they choose to be in relationships with guys that only want to get in their pants. To me there’s nothing more unattractive than that kind of person.
Collin: No Good for Me was the last song we wrote for the EP and it was definitely the quickest song we wrote. The three songs we had released at the time were pretty slow and we knew we wanted a faster song. This EP is the first full work that we had done with the addition of Teagan and Cameron and we knew we wanted to show everyone what we were capable of. I remember Sawyer playing the beginning guitar riff on his acoustic guitar and we knew that this was the song we needed to complete the EP. Sawyer wrote the majority of all the lyrics so he would be the one at ask about that.
What other bands would you compare your genre of music to?
Sawyer: There’s a lot you could compare us to because the four of us listen to such different things. We really try to take advantage of that diversity in creating our own sound. Bands we all agree on include Cage the Elephant, The Black Keys, and Kings of Leon.
Collin: The four of us in the band are all lucky to share very similar musical tastes which helps when writing and creating music and finding a genre. I have hear us compared to bands such as The Killers, Kings of Leon, and The Strokes. Which I guess puts us in the alternative rock category.
When can we expect your debut EP to drop?
Sawyer: If it all goes according to plan you can expect the EP in early August! The second single will be our late June or early July!
Collin: I don’t think we have a set date yet but once we get back to school and back to playing shows in and around Nashville. I would guess early to mid August.
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