WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
Kenosha, WI (US)
We’re more than proud to be midwest born and raised!
HOW DID YOU GUYS FORM?
Stay Gold originally started as a two-piece acoustic, emotional/alternative band between Kody Sullivan (Guitar/Vocals) and Mike Gaertner (Drums) who met in high school. After playing less than a handful of shows, we both realized we wanted to bring the noise. In the summer of 2013, Stay Gold became a 4-piece pop punk band with both lead and rhythm guitars, bass, drums, and two voices.
DESCRIBE YOUR MUSIC IN FIVE WORDS FOR SOMEONE WHO'S NEVER LISTENED TO YOUR MUSIC BEFORE...
Honest, Struggle-based, Boisterous, Melancholy, Relatable.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR EP, SONGS ABOUT BAD LUCK...
Its a collection of 3 songs written during the fall and winter, touching base on change and the way life seems to drop pianos on our heads from time to time. The opening two songs focus on not being able to get over that 'certain somebody', the one who got away, and closes with the a song reminding the listener that even though life gets tough, and sometimes things dont work out the way you’ve planned, you’ll always have your home on your back, no matter what life throws at you.
Its the perfect mix of sad, fun, sing-a-long melodies all wrapped into American made Chicago hardened pop punk. It’s got an edge, but on its downtime, it’ll take you for an emotional ride through loss and perseverance.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE SONG FROM SONGS ABOUT BAD LUCK AND WHY?
State Street in a heartbeat. It really shows the gigantic maturity our music has taken since our first EP, Sixth Avenue which was released only a year ago! Everything about that song is honest.The lyrics are no shrug of the shoulder, and the instrumentation is a perfect example of “our sound”.
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE ARTWORK FOR SONGS ABOUT BAD LUCK?
The artwork touches ground on a lot of small details. It’s a photograph of our friend and mascot, Pat the Cat. Ironically, Pat the Cat is the underdog. He reflects everybody’s bad luck. He’s the one who was picked last in gym class, and the guy that never had the nerve to tell his dream girl how he felt. Pat the Cat is the second-best outcast.
The photograph is Pat the Cat holding a bunch of dead flowers. It symbolizes how long he’s been waiting to give them to somebody, who presumably, might be the girl he never got over, or somebody he may have lost in his past. Whomever it may be, the crumbled mess in his hand translates the time he's waited, and still - nothing.
We all have a piece of Pat the Cat inside of us. He’s a universal icon to the ones who’ve faced struggle and resentment. When he falls on his skateboard, he gets back up, and when he spills his drink, he buys another. He’s exhausted and honestly there's not much left for him, but he keeps trying.
IF COULD PLAY A SHOW WITH ANY BAND WHO WOULD YOU PICK?
Kody - Real Friends
Mike - Neck Deep
Peter - To fit with our genre, Title Fight, but if it were any band, definitely Converge.
WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FIVE FAVOURITE ALBUMS OF ALL TIME?
Floral Green - Title FightSuburbia, I've Given You All and Now I'm Nothing - The Wonder Years
American Radass - Dads (Best album name and best song title tracks I've ever laid my eyes on, those dudes are too funny.)
Turnover - Turnover
Blue Album - Weezer
Blue Album - Weezer
Rain in July - Neck Deep
Wishful Thinking - Neck Deep
Good Charlotte - Good Charlotte
Avenged Sevenfold - Avenged Sevenfold
In Love and Death - The Used
Can I actually add a sixth onto my list? AFI’s ‘Decemberunderground' is a close 5th next to 'In Love and Death’. Both are such spectacular albums that I grew up on. It’d be wrong of me to not list them both side by side like they’ve been on my shelf for so many years.
Axe to Fall - Converge
Nevermind - Nirvana
The Difference Between Hell and Home - Counterparts
Rise or Die Trying - Four Year Strong
Gnarwolves - Gnarwolves
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