"Some Hear Explosions is sexy alterna-rock." - Interview

Bay recently sat down with ZoiksOnline for an interview:

Not every female fronted band sounds like Paramore, just ask Bay Dariz of Some Hear Explosions (S.H.E.). Some Hear Explosions is an independent alternative rock band. The band’s new album is entitled “It’s Our Time Now.” Recently I got a chance to chat with guitarist Bay Dariz about the new album.

Q - How would you describe your sound?

A - We’ve been telling people that we’re an “alternative rock band,” which is a label that people haven’t used a lot lately. I’ve also been known to say that we “wouldn’t sound out of place on tour with bands like The Killers or Garbage.” People see a girl in the band and assume we’re some Paramore-style band, but we’re not. We’re sexy alterna-rock.

Q - Describe your song writing process.

A - I record short demo versions of 4 or 5 song ideas at a time and give them to our singer Ambre Leigh. She listens to them and hopefully she likes some of them enough to write lyrics. Then she and I will record a complete rough demo of each song and take it to rehearsal where our drummer Joe Herrera and bass player Alex Gallner breathe real life into them.

Q - What’s your favorite song to play live?

A - We would all likely answer this question differently, but my favorite song to play lately is “It’s Our Time Now” because we get the crowd to sing along with the chorus. There’s really nothing like it. We’ve ended most of our shows with that song so it’s a little bittersweet because I always wish we could just keep playing.

Q - Why the title “It’s Our Time Now?”

A - “It’s Our Time Now” isn’t just the title of our album, but also of the first song Ambre and I ever wrote together. The lyrics are about making your dreams a reality, and that’s what we’ve been doing in this band since day one.

Q - After four shows together you got matching “S.H.E.” tattoos. What brought that on and were there any reservations?

A - Ambre and I were both visiting our hometown of Milwaukee for Christmas and after a half-dozen whiskey shots decided we should get matching “S.H.E.” tattoos. Don’t most great ideas happen after a half-dozen whiskey shots? Anyway, we waited until we got back to LA and neither of us backed out of it. I always think of the last lines from the famous Robert Frost poem, “But I have promises to keep / and miles to go before I sleep.” We’re both very proud of what we’ve already accomplished with this band, but we certainly have “miles to go before we sleep.” This tattoo is a daily reminder of the promise we made to ourselves and to each other to see this through to the end.

Q - Are there any touring plans in the works?

A - We’re just now finishing an amazing coast-to-coast tour with Lights Over Paris and Hollywood Heartthrob. We have five more shows this month but we never want it to end. I know I can speak for everyone when I say it was one of the greatest experiences of our lives. We’re definitely planning to tour a lot more next year.

Q - What can fans expect from your live show? Any embarrassing on stage moments?

A - People always tell us that we sound better live than on our record, which is the way it’s supposed to be, isn’t it? Our live show is loud and energetic and Ambre goes completely nutso onstage. She’s always jumping around and there have been many near misses where I’ve almost clocked her in the head with my guitar. Ambre always jumps into the crowd during the set and has certainly injured herself doing so, but she’s not really embarrassed when it happens because that’s just rock n’ roll. That said, our lives offstage are pretty much a series of embarrassing moments.

Q - Who are some of your early influences?

A - Once I started playing music I went back and listened to the greats. My biggest influences are David Bowie and Queen, two artists who were constantly evolving and pushing the boundaries of what could be considered “rock music.” With this band, I’m also heavily influenced by The Cure, with their use of rhythms and melodic bass lines. Of course, like most beginning guitar players the first songs I learned to play were Green Day and Weezer songs.

Q - Thanks for taking the time. Is there anything you’d like to add?

A - I would like to thank everyone for supporting independent bands like ourselves! Everyone we’ve met so far on the road or who has written us online has been incredibly supportive and it means the world to us.

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