"Canadian rockers Hedley make US debut." – Interview

I love Canada. So many great things to come from Canada - Rush, The Guess Who, Wayne Gretzky, Bret the Hitman Hart and Hedley. Recently I got a chance to chat with Hedley’s guitarist Dave Rosin about their new album coming out. Prior to the interview I had never heard of Hedley. I came away from our discussion wanting to hear more, not just musically either; Dave is a funny guy. Look for Hedley’s new album, it’s out now…dropped Tuesday as a matter of fact, so be sure to pick it up.

Q - How would you describe your new album?

A - I would describe it as a pop commentary and an exercise in stretching. I believe a good song will always stand on its own no matter how you dress it.

Q - What is your bands song writing process, do you have a designated song writer, do you write as a band etc?

A - Jake is our primary writer but we all contribute and share ideas. We've also been fortunate to write with our friends Brian Howes, John Feldmann, and Jim Valance. Jim used to work with Aerosmith and Bryan Adams. He definitely had some great stories and is a real word guy.

Q - Do you have to be inspired to write, or can you hammer something out whenever?

A - It comes whenever it feels like. Melodies sometimes just fall out with keywords that take you down a road. Guitar parts can be more instant and tangible. Something about a certain combination of guitar, effects, and an amp will bring out different moods.

Q - Who are some of your early musical influences?

A - Growing up my parents listened to country. My mom's records were Elton John, Steppenwolf and The Who. When I was in Grade 8, Green Day's album Dookie came out and rocked my world. My Grade 9 Drama Teacher lent me her entire U2 collection. The Police and Refused came in later on.

Q - What was the first concert you attended?

A - My mom took me and my sister to see The Barenaked Ladies on the Gordon Tour. It was at the Prince George, British Columbia Coliseum...I stood on the chair to watch the mosh pit at the front while the old biker couple behind us smoked pot. My first concert without parents was a band called Pluto from Vancouver who played the band shell in the city park. I remember it being dark and crowded. The thing about a small town, if anything happens...everyone is there.

Q - What can fans expect from your live shows?

A - They should expect to go home tired and happy. If you feel lousy and miserable after.....there's a good chance you've got the flu or some kind of air born virus and should seek immediate medical attention followed by 9 consecutive days of bed rest followed by a brief stint in the Ozarks.

Q - Has there been a show that has stood out for you?

A - Halifax is always a great time and we just had killer shows in both San Francisco and Buffalo. But every show where we make it to the other side unscathed is considered victory. 18,643 days without an accident and counting. Not counting that time Jake split his leg open on Yellowcard's trailer. It happened after the show so it doesn't count.

Q - What are you listening to right now?

A - Right now I'm listening to Airport announcements. Music wise I am enjoying The Drums, Four Years Strong, and Japandroids.

Q - Are there any stand out career moments at this point in your career?

A - This past year we not only played the 2010 Olympic closing ceremonies but also traveled to Kenya to play and work with a group called “Free the Children.” They are building schools, setting up clean water, providing medical aid and introducing alternative income programs into rural communities around the world. It is driven by high school students and is a very positive group helping to bring change around the world to people in need.

Q - Thanks for taking the time. Is there anything else you'd like to add?

A - Yes, 232+188=???


Bob Zerull is the Managing Editor of Zoiks! Online. He writes pop culture commentary, does interviews with bands, and reviews music and stand-up concerts. He also administers Zoiks! Online's Facebook page. Follow Bob on twitter at bzerull. Email Bob at bob@zoiksonline.com.
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