Signal Static Discusses Music and More Music!

Alternative rock band SIGNAL STATIC has released an album with an upcoming single expected out soon enough. But even newer music is also in the works as well, with that being the plan for the time being, with some shows to fall into place sooner or later! The band discusses their music plus more below.

1. Please tell us a bit about the history of your band.

Ryan: The three of us first got together as a unit around the fall of 2015.  I had played in different bands separately with Gino and Randy in the past, and when I got married that summer I introduced the two of them.  We got together and started jamming and *poof*, here we are still doing it seven years later!

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

Ryan: I don’t know if there is a story, exactly, but naming a band can be a tricky thing to get right, so there definitely were a lot of different ideas thrown around at the time.

We ended up going with ‘Signal Static’ because it evokes a sense of deciphering truth within all the noise that surrounds our lives.  The “signal” within the “static”, if you will. Or maybe we just used a couple of words that sound cool together; who can say?

Randy: We also had a former project that was very short lived called “The Static Ecstatic” That I conjured for the group and it was somewhat derivative of that. Not taking props here but it was sort of my idea.. No big deal. ;-)

Gino: One of our first songs was called Signals and it gave me the idea to use that as a name. The static part came a bit later when we were talking it over and I suggested Signal Static and the guys liked it. Sorry Randy 😛

Ryan: I’m like 99% certain the ‘Static’ part was my idea.. I probably came up with it in the shower like all of my best ideas.  Maybe we should have called the band ‘The Mandela Effect’.

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

Ryan: We’re based out of the Victoria area on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada.  There are a ton of great artists around here in the local rock scene and beyond, definitely.  To name a few that are near and dear to my heart: Big Flakes, Supreme Remedy, The Grinning Barretts, Frances Hope, and Alli Bean all deserve some major attention.

4. How would you describe your style?

Ryan: Does every band hate answering this question, or is it just us?  

We have an on-going debate about how exactly to describe our own music in a way that other people will understand or care about, and it’s not easy to land on an answer.  You could say we’re sort of a heavy alternative punk-rock band with an emphasis on rhythm and groove.  Our music is heavy, energetic, and intensely truthful.

If you go in for comparisons we have sometimes been described as sounding like Tool and Chevelle meets Queens of the Stone age, that is to say that we can be dark and heavy, but with a groovy and emotionally compelling, punk-y edge.

Lyrically we’re always asking what being a human is all about, and how we can collectively be better humans.  We’re not afraid to call out bad actors, even if that means calling out our own flaws.  We also explore our own experiences to find meaning in the events that shape us.

Randy: Yes, this question does begrudge many a musician. We all have our influences and stories how we got here. We’re an emotive, heavy rock band with attitude. Nothing more. No subgenre nonsense. Rock and Roll.

Ryan: An emotive, heavy rock band with attitude.  I like that.

Gino : I just describe or sound as heavier alternative rock.

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

Ryan: We recorded and released our first album, ‘Start Transmission’, right around the beginning of the whole COVID ordeal which put the kibosh on any plans we had to promote it.  Our lead singer at the time also left the band around the same time which forced us to re-think what we were doing and how we were approaching making music to essentially get better at it and make better music.

During the pandemic I also made the move from bass to the lead vocal / frontman role, which has been a learning experience, but one I have very much enjoyed.  I’ve always enjoyed writing lyrics and putting vocal melodies together, so it was a transition that felt kind of natural when it happened.

These new songs have an energy and immediacy to them that is unlike anything we’ve ever done before, and in my opinion it is by far the best music I’ve ever had the pleasure of being a part of.  So, buckle up!

6. Tell us about the next single that’s set for 11/25 release.

Ryan: ‘Objects of Affection’ was inspired by some pretty dark events in the band’s history, when a person that we had been working quite closely with came under fire from allegations of some very disturbing instances of relationship abuse and sexual exploitation by multiple women within our music scene.  

The song is aimed at predatory individuals who use their power and influence to groom and manipulate others into exploitative and abusive relationships, and the title alludes to the idea that what a predator will try to frame as “affection” is really just a rationalization for abuse.

Musically the song is pretty intense with a punk-y energy that doesn’t pull punches, and hopefully everybody agrees with me that it’s pretty great!

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

Ryan: We’re taking it slow at the moment while we focus on recording and releasing the new era of our music.  We’re also a man down with me having moved from bass to lead vocals, so we will be looking to complete our lineup and hopefully have some cool shows to announce in the new year.

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

Ryan: Well, we’re going to keep making music that we love, and hopefully others will too.  We have some great support from our new management with Damon Moreno and The Inner Light Agency, so we’re going to do what we do best and see what happens.

Randy: To simply do this as long as humanly possible. I want to be the quartet on the deck of the Titanic. The world could be falling apart and impending doom could be imminent, but a death behind the drums is a good one.  I jest. We’d like to play some gigs and maybe sign a record deal, like everyone else. Until then..?

Gino: Play shows, record more songs, possibly hit some festivals.

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

Ryan: You can find us at our website, as well as Facebook, Instagram, Tik Tok, etc, and pretty much wherever you get your high quality kick-ass rock music - Spotify, Apple, Tidal, Amazon you know the drill.

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

Ryan: We do this because we love it.  Music is our art, our medicine, and our connection to the rest of humanity.  Being able to share it with others is wonderful, and we hope you like it.

Randy: This is real. The stories we tell and the things we’re conveying in our music are legit. There’s no pretense or expectation we’ll succeed. In fact, to us we already have succeeded. We’ve been playing together for the better part of decade and haven’t broken up or killed each other. That’s a win in the lifespan of bands. 

Gino : I would like them to want to hear it again!

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