FROM: NEW JERSEY | FOR FANS OF: AMERICAN FOOTBALL, JIMMY EAT WORLD
Dryjacket might be an odd name for a band, but we’re entering an era with an abundance of bands named after inanimate objects so it’s not all that out of place. However the New Jersey four piece set themselves apart from the stereotypes of the ‘emo’ revival scene infusing their music with elements of jazz, math-rock and an immense sense of positivity and drive.
Greeted by guitarist Brad Wyllner and vocalist Joe Junod, we go to the upstairs of The Bodega where they introduce me to bassist and vocalist Ian Foley and drummer Adam Cerdan. The four of them sound check before we retreat to the leather sofas conveniently located in a quiet corner to begin interviewing.
For a band to be contacted by Hopeless within a year of forming is a pretty big deal. Only forming in 2014, they seem surprised themselves. ‘It was pretty surreal’ says Brad, ‘A lot of us grew up listening to the bands that were on Hopeless’. Adam adds ‘When Hopeless signed us the emo revival thing was happening real hard, so I think thought lets pick up this band from the Philly area that’s kind of doing the emo thing.’
“The music just writes itself now…”
It’s important to not overlook musical backgrounds of bands and musicians. In a day and age where music is so accessible it is easy to take music at face value and ignore the process and history that shapes the music we hear. Joe played the trumpet in high school which explains a lot of the jazz influences intertwined with their music, Adam was in a marching band and Ian played the cello. Brad explains how the band began saying ‘We were all into music growing up and had siblings that were into this sort of music and got us into bands like American Football. Living in our area it seemed like you would be involved in music somehow, we just slowly came together and formed this band.’
Bands are constantly evolving and Dryjacket are no different, Brad speaks of their evolution since they began. ‘We work a little bit more efficiently now everyone knows how each other operate, it’s like we all finish each other’s sentences with music instead.’ The relationships between members of a band are the glue that holds them together. Adam expresses this notion with great enthusiasm. ‘Joe came to us with a song recently and I immediately knew what my part was gonna be and we thought “oh it just writes itself now”. So I think now we connect and understand each other’s writing styles better now’.
“YOU HAVE TO PROVE YOURSELF…”
It’s fascinating to understand the differences within live music across the globe and captivating to realise that people in different parts of the world are all brought together by the same the same music. Live music unites people in a way that society often takes for granted. The band talk about the biggest differences they have noticed on their second UK tour between US and British live music culture; praising the UK’s live culture; ‘I think people in the UK are more willing to show that they’re excited about the music if they are, in the states there’s a mentality where even if they know the words they won’t always sing along, you have to prove yourself.’
The interview is wrapped up with Joe talking about the new album. ‘We’ve just been working on a new album just demoing songs we already have half the record demoed, the game plan for when we get home from this tour is that there’s a couple of demoed tracks that we have to work on still and then just write the rest, we’re hopefully gonna record in summer.’
Dryjacket are a band who clearly loves what they do and are rightfully excited about their future, and so are we.
WORDS: FERGUS CARNEY