"Seaside", New Song From Stray Monroe Is A Must-Add To Your Playlist
Fusing two genres of pop and indie rock,the band prides themselves on their high energy and humble nature. They take influence from The strokes, Oasis, and the Velvet underground. Their sound is described as nostalgic but modern and has set themselves a part in the So Cal music scene. Their EP ‘Momentary Vertigo’ was released in March of 2018.Currently, the band is working the studio intending to push the boundaries of music and to spread positivity.
"Seaside" is the band’s leading track of their album. With this being said, they have also
released a cool retro VHS music video which is wait gave the band a cult like following.The
listener is met with a solid beat which leads into a heavy bassline. The sound of the song is hard
to categorize because the band is able to mash up a pop sound with an upbeat indie/alternative
rock. A beautiful combination and manipulation of genres is a solid characteristic of Southern
California bands and musicians. What makes Stray Monroe stand out are the vocals and guitar
riffs. The whole track blends perfectly, but particularly for the listener, the vocals and catchy
guitar riffs stand out the most.
Make sure to listen to the rest of their album and check out our exclusive interview with the band below!
Care to introduce yourselves to our readers?
Hey, we’re Stray Monroe. A 3-piece garage rock band from Southern California. Our lineup consists of myself (Blake) on guitar/vox, Brett (bass/backing vox), Colin (drums).
How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?
We’ve all known each other for a few years now. I met Colin in 2014 througha previous musical project. In 2016 I met Brett at San Diego State University and after some talking we all decided to start Stray Monroe. We all shared an immediate bond over music and had similar goals. It’s quite rare you ever meet like-minded musicians, so we consider ourselves pretty lucky.
How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together a band?
At first we were just happy to write songs. Songs kind’ve just fell into our laps but we certainly didn’t put as much thought into them as we do now. Over time we’ve learned to think more about composition and how the song works as a whole. We’ve all grown together as musicians and continue to learn new things all the time that we can apply into our music.
We absolutely love your new song! Can you tell us a bit about it and the writing process behind it?
Thanks! Seaside is off of our newest EP, Momentary Vertigo, which we put out earlier this year. The track started out as a demo on an iPhone and grew a lot over the course of writing it. We took the approach that less is more with this one. We wanted to write a song with a lo-fi feel that was fun and danceable. We think the music video really brings to life that concept.
Where did the inspiration behind this song come from?
The inspiration for Seaside came from wanting to write a song that was true to the three of us. We all considered ourselves “outcasts” growing up and Seaside definitely speaks to that. It’s always important to keep your sights set on the bigger picture and realize that adolescence is such a momentary time in your life. We think it’s a pretty relatable topic to a lot of young people.
Do you prefer the digital or more traditional way (cd, lp etc) of getting your music to your fans, why?
We fully embrace technology but there’s something special to be said about holding a physical copy of an album you love. Some of our most memorable moments have come from signing copies of Momentary Vertigo for our fans. Digital platforms have definitely allowed us to get exposure we may not have gotten otherwise, so we’re definitely thankful to live in such a digital age. It will interesting to see how the trend continues to go and what platform is next.
Any upcoming shows in the near future? For a new fan who hasn’t seen you live yet, how would you describe your live performance?
Sure, here’s our upcoming shows September 20th, State Social House in West Hollywood October 6th, House of Blues Anaheim (FREE SHOW, contact us for a ticket) October 19th, Casbah San Diego (Sold Out)
Our live shows are unique and high-energy. We incorporate a lot of improvisations and try to find cool ways to transition from one song to the next. Visuals are also important to us and we’ve recently started using more lights during our shows. We really try to make no two shows the same.
What’s next for the band?
After we finish up these next few shows, we’re headed back to the studio to write our next record. We’ve been demoing a lot of ideas lately and it’s been an exciting time for us. You can definitely expect some new music in 2019. We plan to continue to gig locally while expanding our reach to new areas.
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