Second Wind the Trio That Keeps Going with Great Conversation!


Melodic hardcore trio SECOND WIND commencing currently with a release expected next spring! For now, they have released a pair of singles with a whole lot else in-store! The band plans on doing what they do best, creating music, sharing messages to connect with others just as they connect with their music! Find out more about the band from the conversation below!


1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

Second Wind got started in my mind (Brad) around 2016. I have loved melodic hardcore bands for years, and knew that at some point I wanted a creative outlet for similar efforts. I wanted to create the opportunity for myself and like-minded friends to go full throttle with a musical genre, lyrical approach, and overall message that we deeply resonated with. This style of music is a little simpler than other bands I’ve played in recently, but it creates room for passionate expression and vibrant live shows.

I was in another serious project for five years preceding the launch of Second Wind, which took up most of my musical energy and focus, but Second Wind’s time has come. The three of us are grateful to be making music together that we care about on so many levels!

Dane and I have been friends since we were introduced back in 2012, when we were involved in the same band at the time. That project disbanded and each member went off to do their own thing, but we remained in touch, though sporadically at the time. Dane left Illinois to pursue a work opportunity in Colorado for a number of years. I was continuing musical efforts here in Illinois, as well as working on other areas of life.

Fast forward a few years, and Dane returned from Colorado. He and I met up shortly after his return, and he was enthusiastic about the style of music I wanted to create. I shared the riffs being worked on, and he was eager to hear more right away. Just a few months later we officially launched the band and released our first single, Gratitude.

We got connected with Jordan through social media, and he immediately proved to be a great fit for our band - in every imaginable way. He has a background in multiple instruments but has readily stepped into the bassist role - which we’re grateful for!

We’re close to wrapping up tracking for our EP, which we aim to release in spring 2020!

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

The name Second Wind gradually surfaced as I was thinking about the position in life I recently found myself in. It’s easy to come across obstacles in life, especially ones that distract you from your biggest goals and make it feel impossible to keep moving forward. It’s during those times that you must look within and figure out what will keep you going.

Put another way, difficult times force you to find your second wind. It’s through this persistence and a commitment to never retreat that the band’s name was manifested. It’s easy to remember and simple to say, but carries a lot of weight, particularly on a personal level.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

Dane, Jordan and I all live in suburbs of Chicago, IL.

The music scene across Chicago and the suburbs - particularly for metal and hardcore bands - is varied. There are many bands that make the burbs or the city their primary territory - and there is nothing wrong with that. However we have noticed a bit of a disconnect between the two territories - a gap we’re hoping to bridge alongside other bands. Overall, Chicagoans are very passionate about music. Many national touring acts that come through major venues such as House of Blues and The Forge regularly comment that Chicago “goes hard”, which - of course - we do! The city is vibrant with hundreds of regular metal and hardcore showgoers, and we’re grateful to live and work near one of the country’s largest metropolitan hubs.

There are some great bands to check out! Our friends in Astillian have been making music for a while now, and our pals in Motion Failure are also near and dear to us. Furthermore, Still World knows what’s up, and we’re excited to see where The Oblivion Archetype goes these next few years.

4. How would you describe your style?

We are a melodic hardcore band that prioritizes catchiness and melody. Some of our favorite artists are The Ghost Inside; Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!; Gideon; Counterparts; and Stick to Your Guns. Some fans have described us as a combination of As Hell Retreats, Misery Signals, and The Ghost Inside.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

Over the summer we released our first single, "Gratitude", and just a few weeks ago we released "Apathy", our second single.

Right now we’re working on our debut EP, "Indispensable", which we plan to launch sometime spring 2020. Be on the lookout for that!

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

Yes! Our debut EP will have five songs, three of which will be brand new. We are also considering an acoustic version of one of the songs. You’ll have to watch for the EP pre-order to find out which one!

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

We are currently seeking two full-time guitarists to round out the band. After that point, we plan to be playing live shows as soon as possible. Touring will be a wonderful opportunity when the time comes! We won’t rush it, but will take up the chance when we’re able to and it makes sense. Likely a few regional tours first, and expanding later into national.

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

Great question - God willing, many! Right now we are simply grateful to be perfecting five songs that we deeply care about, and getting to know each other better as bandmates. As time moves forward, one of our favorite things about being in a band is getting to share personal messages that connect with individuals.

Through these conversations and visceral experiences, we find our main reason for doing music. Getting up on a stage is wonderful, and playing your heart out even better, but it’s when the message of the song meets someone where they’re at that we’re most grateful for doing what we do.

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

We're on Spotify, and here’s our Bandcamp link. Most importantly, here’s our email signup page. We give our best goodies to our subscribers, as they are the lifeblood of our band! Our subscribers get free songs, among other bonuses, so this is the best way to go if you’re truly digging our tunes.

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

That’s a wonderful question. We simply hope they enjoyed the instrumentals, and that a lyrical phrase or two stuck with them, and made them think! We are all about positivity and intentionality in our band. The personal lives we live are, to us, the most important reflection of the music we make, and vice versa. In other words, we want our passion in music to be fueled by what we’re doing in the real world. Dreams are great, but living out those dreams is even better!

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