Hailing from San Diego is a new group who we thought fit perfectly into our New Music Monday category. Forming almost 10 years ago by brothers Matt and Chris Babers, along with their childhood best friend Brandon Martin is the band called “Steal Away”. With a newly released single “Flower Shop” they have caught many listeners attention including ours so we had to run them down so we could get to know them a little better. See the full interview below.
When we first played and listened to your new track “Flower Shop” we immediately felt this 90’s vibe… something that made us think of some classic pop rock… was there a band or artist(s) who stood out to you guys from the 90’s or are we just hearing things? Who knows maybe we are wrong.
We’re 90’s babies,(‘89 for me actually) so you guys definitely aren’t crazy! Normally we record using all real instruments, but for “Flower Shop” we recorded at a friend’s home studio, and he does mostly hip hop tracks. He loves vintage gear and anything with a throwback sound, and we actually produced the beat for the song using an old school drum machine from the 90’s. We didn’t really think we’d go that route when we first wrote the song, and we we’re just kinda messing around at first when we went to record it, but the feel was just undeniable once we got it down. As far as artists go, obviously we love our classic rock n’ roll, but we we’re definitely super into anything and everything with that pop rock sound from the ‘90s. LEN, The Spin Doctors, Everclear, Deep Blue Something, Third Eye Blind, and especially Sugar Ray were all our hero’s growing up.
Since you guys have been able to successfully mesh different genres together and produce a killer track like “Flower Shop” how would you guys break out the styles between blues, pop, country, and rock from a percentage standpoint? Is it blues (25%)? Rock (50%)?
I’d say it could be pretty easily split up in 3rds, with Blues, Rock, and Pop all taking a pretty equal slice of the pie. We all grew up on so many different styles of music that as we got older, everything just started to fuse naturally, so I think that’s where we find that organic combination of all those different sounds. Picking a favorite would be pretty close to impossible!
Between Matt, Chris, and Brandon, who loves the blues, the country, and the rock? Or are you guys crazy over all of them?
I think it’s safe to say we’re all pretty into it everything. Anything from old school blues guys, way back to Robert Johnson or Howlin’ Wolf, all the way up to the newer blues guys like Stevie Ray Vaughn, we’re all pretty versed in that regard. We all grew up together in Arizona, so we also got plenty of country in us as well. Our mom was always a big fan of everything from The Bakersfield Sound, to Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, as well as The Carter Family and Johnny Cash, and especially the newer guys like Dwight Yoakam and Alan Jackson. Our dad is from Detroit originally, so he helped get us into the real American Rock ‘n’ Roll, like Bob Segar, George Thorogood, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, and Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels. Growing up we all found plenty of rock ‘n’ roll and punk rock on our own too. I was obsessed with AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and Queen growing up, and still haven’t gotten over it. The Offspring too! We just saw them in concert the other day, one of the best bands of all time for sure.
With the new single “Flower Shop” out now, can we expect more music? Perhaps an album? Plus any future plans we should know of or maybe your fans? 😉
Yes! We are in the process of finishing up our EP which will be done and out toward the end of summer, and besides that, playing all over and around our hometown of San Diego, and maybe up the West Coast toward the end of the year. If you’re anywhere in Southern California, come out and rock with us!
Who are some current bands or artist who you think are transforming the music industry with new sound and syncing new genres together.
Honestly, with everything we’ve had going on lately, I think for the most part we’ve all had our heads in the sand! We’re probably a little behind the 8 ball with what’s hot in the streets these days. Between juggling our jobs as surf instructors and lifeguards, finishing school and our EP, and playing out whenever we can, most of the bands we’re into are mostly local San Diego bands, or anything from the greats from any of the classic genres that still influence us to this day. We’re all in our mid-twenties and already we’re too old! It’s basically still all ‘90’s music for us!