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Pop music could use a little quirk. That’s where THE HEYDAZE come in. The New York quartet — Jesse Fink [vocals, guitar], Andrew Spelman [guitar], Alexander Glantz [bass], and Tyler Matte [drums] — twist up infectious melodies with indie panache, acoustic sizzle, and the right amount of wit. It’s a style that the boys began fashioning in 2013 when Jesse and Andrew had freshly emerged from the University of Pennsylvania.
Their track “Little Bandit” became a Soundcloud hit with over 256,000 plays and no traditional promotion. As it caught fire online, they began selling out venues in New York such as The Studio at Webster Hall and even earning ink everywhere from Huffington Post to Billboard and PopCrush. Tours with Jesse McCartney and TIMEFLIES would follow as they started to organically amass a burgeoning national following. Simultaneously, they began writing and recording what would become their 2015 self-titled debut EP. Splitting sessions between New York and Los Angeles and working with multiple producers, the approach captured both their frenetic energy and musical malleability.
“They’re four different songs, but you can tell they’re by the same band,” explains Alexander. “It was important for us to capture that diversity. We always want to keep everyone guessing.”
In the midst of recording, Tyler joined the fold on drums, adding effusive energy to the performances.
“He’s got more hair than any of us,” chuckles Andrew.
That power translates into the first single “Dumb.” With its tambourine beat, sunny guitar, and unshakable chorus, it showcases their knack for a cleverly catchy tune.
“Somebody started singing that melody, and we ran with it,” recalls Jesse. “It’s about those days where you just wake up, and things aren’t clicking. You feel dumb! We’ve all been there, but we wanted to make it fun. The music is a hybrid between the slick funky things we do and the acoustic elements. It defines the sound.”
Then, there’s “ABC,” which gives its own spin on the alphabet, counting off a kinetic acoustic and handclap rhythm between a lyrical love note. “That’s our most proper love song on the EP,” admits Jesse. “It’s the closest to my heart, and I’m really proud of it.”
Ultimately, it always comes back to one thing for THE HEYDAZE — the songs. “We just want to write music you can sing along to,” Jesse leaves off. “The songs are clever, but they’re not overthought. We hope everyone can share in that energy.”