Interview: Fast Years
Published on July 2nd, 2012 | Jonny Abrams
Fast Years recently released their debut EP Women (available here), so Rocksucker fired them over some questions to find out a bit more about the genesis of their punky, late-’50s/early-’60s-love-songs-reminding-of ditties…
How did you all meet, and how long has the band been going for?
We all met through mutual friends in the Bushwick music scene last Spring. We played our first gig back in January supporting Howler.
How would you describe your music, if pushed?
Our music is fun, fast, catchy and loud. We play a mix of Buddy Holly and The Ramones. Its a bit surf and a bit punk with a retro garage-rock twist.
Where are you based, and what do you use to record with?
We are based in Bushwick, Brooklyn. We record with Pro Tools and some vintage amps.
Is there a full album in the works? If so, what can you tell us about it? (Feel free to be as abstract as you like!)
Our debut EP Women came out at the end of June. We’re really excited about it. There are six songs that range from upbeat punk jams, to more ’60s-style surf songs. There are some really cool Doo-Wop melodies married to dirty garage instrumentals. These tracks are gonna get stuck in your head.
Where can we hear your music online?
You can download the first single “Young Heart” on our Bandcamp page: http://fastyears.bandcamp.com/
Which have been your most exciting gigs and/or overall moments so far?
The best gig so far was definitely our showcase at the 2012 SXSW Festival in Austin, TX. There was a DJ spinning before us with all these lasers and fog machines. We asked him to keep them going for our set. It was an epic show.
Got any more coming up? (Gigs, that is…)
Yes, we’re going to be playing several festivals this Summer in Brooklyn. Our Northside Festival gig will be on June 15th.
Are there any obscure and/or up-and-coming acts that you’d like to recommend or give a shout-out to?
Yes, check out Slam Donahue, Shark? and Quiet Loudly. They are all based in Brooklyn and they rock.
Finally, if you were forced to spend the rest of your days in solitary confinement, but were allowed to bring the entire works of five different artists along to tide you over, whose would you choose?
The Beatles, The Ramones, Nirvana, Oasis and The Sonics.
Fast Years, thank you.
Fast Years’ debut EP Women is available now from here