Fresh Fruit: With Sails Ahead
With Sails Ahead
What other names did you consider calling yourselves?
Before the rest of the lineup came into the picture and it was just me, I pretty much just went through The Greatest Of All Lost Arts by Lower Definition and combed lyrics for good names. A lot of song titles were contenders, but I went with “With Sails Ahead” because it’s a lyric from my favorite track on the album, “Miami Nights”.
Where are you from and what would be the most recognisable local landmark?
We are all from New Jersey – specifically, the Jersey shore. Seaside Heights is the most recognisable landmark because of the MTV show, and then there’s Asbury Park which is known as where Bruce Springsteen hung out and played a lot of gigs.
Who is in your band, what do they play and what is their non-musical superpower?
Jaime Martinez is our bassist, and a math wizard.
Andrew Rotundo is our drummer, and he can eat a lot of soft pretzels in one sitting and/or really fast.
Josef Warner-Reyes plays guitar, and can bend his fingertips backwards.
Santino Costa also plays guitar, and can respond with “OH YEAH” the fastest out of all of us.
As for me (Sierra), I sing but also help write the instrumentals. And I magically get injured every year on my birthday.
Name your three biggest influences.
Lower Definition, I The Mighty, and Dance Gavin Dance are the top three, hands down.
What’s the usual first topic of conversation when you take a break at rehearsal?
Rehearsal breaks are when we try to determine if we have the money to go get Wendy’s or Buffalo Wild Wings after practice. It’s also when we discuss important band-related matters.
What’s your pre-show warm-up routine?
I’ll disappear to do vocal warm-ups to the EP. I know a couple of the guys will warm up with scales, or running through the songs either before arriving to the venue or after getting there.
Tell us about your most memorable show.
Opening the Sianvar tour at Webster Hall in NYC was hands down the coolest gig we’ve had so far. We had a great crowd response, and it was so much fun playing in a venue that we’ve always seen cool shows at in the city.
What band would you most like to share the stage with and why?
I The Mighty is a band we still haven’t opened for and would love to. We really admire their work ethic as a band, their creativity as musicians, and their consistency as live performers.
What’s the most exciting album you’ve listened to recently?
Low Teens by Every Time I Die. Such a beautiful, dynamic hardcore album from beginning to end. I don’t think that band can do any wrong.
What is your latest release and why should we buy it?
Our latest release, Years In Waiting, is a great introduction to our band, our sound, and who we are as musicians. There’s something on it for everyone, and no two tracks sound exactly the same. My favorite track right now is “Sharpshooter”, which has arguably the coolest guitar work on the whole EP. It’s the closest track to the new direction our music will progress in.
If you could be endorsed by one company, who would it be?
Rook Coffee. But also, Fender. We are big fans of their guitars.
Why are you going to make it to the top over all the other contenders in the musical arena?
We always try to remind ourselves not to see other bands as competition, but what sets us apart as a band is our progressive post-hardcore influence that we incorporate heavily into our sound. I sadly don’t have the ability to shout or scream; it’s all just singing. I feel like we’ll be okay if we keep it that way, though.
Other than Dave Grohl, who has the best beard in rock?
Andy Williams from ETID usually has a great beard, but I think our bassist Jaime is a strong contender.
Wrap your ears around With Sails Ahead’s latest single “Sooner Or Later” below!
Years In Waiting is out now independently
Grab a copy: Bandcamp
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