Interview with Station
When I first saw the video for Staion's “Everything”, the lead-off track from the band's recently released 4 song EP “Wired”, I thought I had just stumbled upon some gem from the past that somehow had passed me by unnoticed all those years ago. Imagine my surprise once I found out that this New York foursome is actually a brand new band. I wasted no furhter time and got in touch with the band to see if they would be willing to send me a copy of their EP. Some weeks after that initial contact the disc landed in my mail box and it has been extremely difficult to get out of my CD player ever since. Enough reasons for me to go beyond simply reviewing the EP and fire some questions in the direction of vocalist Patrick Kearney and guitarist Chris Lane who were more than happy to supply the answers.
Station are still a fairly unknown entity among melodic hard rock fans so let's start by telling us a little bit about the formation of the band. Was everyone involved today part of Station from the very beginning?
P: STATION started in 2010 when Chris and I met. We jammed for the first time and knew we had a strong bond with our music. From there we started writing and building a band. We hired musicians to play our first show with us and in the audience, was our future bassist, Mike. Mike jammed with the band and we all immediately hit it off. We went through a few different drummers before we met Brian, but just like with Mike, once we jammed together we saw what a perfect fit he was. That was in early 2012 and STATION has been going strong ever since.
I haven't been able to compare your sound to any band in particular, although I have no doubt that anyone who likes bands like Firehouse, Trixter, Dokken or Ratt, will find plenty to enjoy when listening to the tunes on your recently released EP. How would you describe your music?
C: We make music we enjoy playing. We draw influences from lots of different places, including bands like Dokken and such, but we have been shaped by a lot of the rock from the 60s, 70s and 80s. We prefer a more classic approach to our songwriting and performance, and I think that shines through.
You guys are from New York. What's the music like in the Big Apple these days? Are there other bands that follow the same musical path?
C: There really is no "scene" in NYC. There are lots of bands, but unlike a "scene" when there was grunge or hair metal, there isn't one predominate genre. There aren't many bands playing in the style that we are around the city these days.
P: Funny example, we once played a show immediately following a barbershop quartet. NYC is a diverse place for music.
“Wired” has been available for some 6 weeks now. What's the response been so far?
P: It's been great! People have been reaching out to us from all over the world. It's pretty cool to see that people in Tokyo can hear our music just like those that live down the street from us. The next step for us is being able to perform for these people who live in other countries; places like Germany, Spain and of course, Belgium!
The EP came out on the band's own label. Was that the idea from the beginning? Did any record labels approach the band about a possible deal?
C: We made the recording completely ourselves. "Wired" was recorded to introduce the band to the world and from there, we are looking to get to a new level where even more people can hear us and even better, come see a show. We hadn't really spoken to traditional labels when we recorded because we felt we needed to create something that truly represented us.
Production, mixing and mastering of the 4 tracks on “Wired” was handled by legendary producer Michael Wagener. How did he become involved with the band?
P: We wanted to work with a producer who understood what we were about. Michael was already one of our favorite producers, so when we spoke to him and he liked our stuff, the choice was pretty clear. Michael helped shape the sound of many of our biggest influences, so we knew we were in good hands.
On the band's website you recently anounced that you are continueing the working relationship with Michael on your upcoming full length debut so I guess your happy with how the EP turned out?
C: We love Michael. Working with Michael is a pleasure for so many reasons. He really understands the band and is able to get us to sound like STATION. Not to mention, he's a lot of fun to hang out with!
Can you already give us some details on the upcoming album? Some song titles maybe? Will any of the tracks from the EP appear on it or will it be all new material?
P: The debut STATION album is still in its early stages. We were recently in Nashville to make some pre-production demos with Michael to get an idea of what we would be putting together. We have a lot of material, so it's going to be hard to narrow what we want to record first.
Is it safe to say that on the full lenght debut you will pick up musically where you left off with“Wired”?
C: I'm not sure how to answer that. "Wired" is only 4 songs and the band has a lot of material; ballads to heavier songs. I would say "Wired" is a taste of what the debut album will be.
To promote your EP you shot a video for the track “Everything” that came out great. Can w expect more videos from Station in the future? Who came up with the idea for the video?
P: Absolutely! Making a video was so much fun. Having a video out there has introduced us to so many new people. It's really been great.
C: At first, we had planned to make a video that featured some performance and then various scenes around New York City, us at a party, and other interesting locations that we thought would look cool. Then... hurricane Sandy hit the same week we had planned to shoot. There was a lot of devastation in the city, so many of the locations we had scouted and reserved were now unusable, not to mention the city's transit system was shut down, so everyone involved literally couldn't get to the shoot! We ended up driving North to a great venue we knew called "The Chance" and shooting the video there. We brought along a good friend of ours to dance in some cut scenes to break up the performance aspect of the video.
Station has played numerous gigs over the past 2 years. What can people expect when to come to see you? Is the set list made up of all original material or do you throw in some cover tunes as well?
C: We only play originals. Once in a great while, we'll throw in a cover, but if you come to a STATION show, it's all of our stuff.
P: We have a lot of material, so we like to vary up our set lists from night to night. You'll never see the same show twice.
On Sunday May 26th Station is playing the annual Rocklahoma festival? How did that come about? Do you have anything special lined up for the event?
C: We were contacted by Rocklahoma to perform after they found us on a blog in Finland. They called us and we were happy to sign on to perform on the Retrospect Records stage. This will be our first time playing the festival, so we're really excited about performing for new people and we're looking forward to seeing the other bands. A lot of the bands performing on this stage have banded together to set up shows leading up to the festival, so it's a great group of people all headed there to bring awesome rock and roll.
P: We're really just going to go and show people who STATION is. This is a great chance for the band to play for a lot of new fans.
Besides playing Rocklahoma, are there other dates booked or at the planning stage?
P: The next few months will see STATION travel all over the Northeast, playing in many new cities for the first time. We're playing the M3 pre-party next week which will be a great time and then to festivals such as Musikfest.
Every year there's a big AOR/melodic rock event in the UK called Firefest. Have your heard about it? How would you feel about being part of the line-up?
C: We'd love to play! We live to perform, so if there's a stage, STATION will find it haha. I also noticed that Hardline is going to be there, they're actually one of my favorite bands of all time.
P: We haven't played outside of the US yet, so that would be a great start!
Thanks so much for the support, Peter. This has been a lot of fun!
Last Updated (Wednesday, 22 May 2013 08:44)