This weeks feature is Interstate Heroes, a band that has been through several changes in the past year or so. However one constant is the leader of the band, and personal friend Jay Zarecki. Jay has a long history in the music scene that spans from his home state of New York, here to Arizona and even to California where he joined touring act Paperboy Jack years ago. This allowed Jay to tour the entire country, playing 288 shows over 11 months! Jay has a passion for music and the music scene that is evident when helping out and performing at charity events such as Ballapalooza to benefit testicular cancer research. Plus Interstate Heroes can always be counted on for a mix of high energy punk and alternative rock when they hit the stage.
ABOUT THE BAND:
How did the band come together?
Jay: Interstate formed in mid 2015 with Maddy Avery and Jay Zarecki on vocals and guitars. Being the main songwriters, we hired a friend of mine who played drums with me in a previous band, Paperboy Jack. After going through literally a plethora of bass players we finally found Scott Icenogle. I knew Scott as a guitar player and he auditioned with a few other bass players to replace the previous one and managed to be the best fit and exactly what we were looking for. Matt Cherrell replied to a Facebook ad and auditioned with us after our drummer had to step down due to medical issues. Matt’s style was different than our past drummer, but again was exactly what we were looking for. Last year however, Maddy was accepted into the Berklee School of Music in Massachusetts so after her departure we went through a couple of other singers none of which worked as a long term solution. After playing a few recent shows with myself on both guitar and lead vocals we were told the sound was as good as ever! However we still want to find a female guitarist who can also sing harmonies, just due to the structure of our existing songs.
Each of you give me some influences on your instrument or voice:
Jay – Guitar would be James Hetfield, Dave Grohl, and Matt Bellamy from Muse. Vocals would be Huey Lewis, Freddy Mercury, and Chris Carrabba
Matt: Stewart Copeland, Benny Greb,and Neal Peart
Since this is the “Lowdown”, tell me something about the band that no one knows..yet.
We have gone through more than 8 bass players. One of which even faked playing on stage, and would have his volume down while pretending to play the notes. We’ve also had to play to a click and bass track for almost 4 months. We even went as far as having a bass rig on stage along with a bass guitar on a stand just to confuse people.
Tell me the worst or most embarrassing on stage occurrence for the band or one of you personally.
Jay: We played a the Casa-Blanca house in downtown Phoenix and somehow blew the fuses. We kept on playing with only the drums and vocals being heard. We thought we were just done, but the fans loved it and we kept going till the power came back on.
What is your favorite song of all time?
Jay: I don’t think I have one, but I would have to go with Bohemian Rhapsody just to be safe.
What song do you wish you had written?
Jay: Guiding Light by Muse
Jay: Prisoner of Society by Living End
Matt: Natural Science by Rush
Favorite Song by a LOCAL Band:
Jay: Futures by Jimmy Eat World..They still count as local right?
Your favorite place to play live and why?
Jay: Club Red and Yucca Tap Room. Club Red has bad-ass sound and a fantastic new stage. Yucca is always packed, although RIPS is always fun too.
Best way to hear Interstate Heroes, live at a venue or recorded?
We’ve been told we sound fairly close to our studio work, so we would say come hear us live!
Give me 3 local bands that our readers need to see or hear
Painted Bones, Jane N’The Jungle, Colin Freestone, and Fred Green
Give me ONE word to describe the local music scene
What if anything then, would you change about the scene?
Jay: More venues need to stop doing the Pay-to-Play or making you purchase tickets upfront before the show. A bunch of venues have stopped doing this, but some of the local promoters are still dragging behind and swindling bands into this way of thinking. If this stopped, I think more people would go.
Ok, shameless promotion time. What is coming up for you, go ahead and list everything you can think of.
Band: We are playing what should be a great show with Jane N’The Jungle and Living Breathing(Tucson) at Yucca on September 28th (editors note: That is a killer lineup) We are also currently involved with a production company in Surprise who is making a documentary about the band. Also that we have a new singer so we will be recording some new material, hopefully in a real studio not my house. We will also be shooting some professional band pictures as we have never done that in the past.
Final thoughts, anything goes.
Jay: I have noticed that local bands are networking more with each other than in the past which makes the scene a little more close-knit than before.
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“Gymnasium” By Interstate Heroes