With These, We Seize
A lot went into writing your favorite song--but how much do you really know about it? This week Sean Machak, lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of Seattle pop-rock band With These, We Seize, delves into why the West Coast rocks, spontaneous musical influence and hanging with the homies.
With These, We Seize
Song: "West Coast Is The Best Coast"
Album: West Coast Is The Best Coast (single)
Release Date: July 2011
When it was written: We wrote this song in the beginning of 2011. January, I believe.
Where it was written: At band practice. We were just jamming and all of a sudden we started play this song. It happened so easily! Wish they all came that way.
Favorite line in the song: "Let's go be unforgettable, and let them know the west coast is the best coast."
Which part was the hardest to come up with: It's tough to single one out. Most often the difficult part about writing songs for a band is to get everyone on the same page. If everybody isn't on the same groove then it shows on stage and on the recording. When we were in the studio for this one though, I'll admit the hardest part was the harmony line of the chorus with the words "let them know." It took me a while to get used to that one but I think it turned out great.
If you could go back and change anything, what would it be: Looking back on the song we've realized that the intro is probably too long for a recording. We've considered making it shorter when we release it on our full length album we're starting to work on.
Odd fact about song: Every time we play the song live our drummer's glasses fly off cause he rocks out to the maximum effect. I've considered buying him some sport goggle type things for christmas ... you know like some racquetball players wear?
What was your inspiration for writing the song: We were at practice and needed a break from our other songs so we just started rocking out like complete idiots ... funny now that I think back on it. We instantly liked the idea, though, so I recorded it on my phone (thank goodness). The concept came in January, but I really started finalizing the lyrics and melodies in late Spring. I always look forward to the summer since spring is usually pretty wet in Seattle.
When was your favorite time performing it live: At the Funhouse when we opened for Time & Distance. I broke my guitar and was jumping off of Mike's drum set like a wild-man.
What is the meaning behind the song: Have you ever made plans with your best friends for the weekend? You know when you're really looking forward to it and you get that excited feeling in your gut? Well that's really what we were going for. Being stoked to be with your homies and being proud to call them your friends. We feel like being from the northwest, and the west coast in general, is something to proud of.
With These, We Seize will be performing on Oct. 5 at El Corazon