Hearts Bleed Radio: Can you start us off by telling us a little about the band?
Zach: Leslie and I met at a show of a band I played in called Bad and the Ugly, and then a while later I asked her to join a band with my ex girlfriend called Peter Pan, which became Peter Pan and the Lost Boys once Leslie joined. I also played in a band called Steer at the time and we played a show with Sam's other band called Spaces.
HBR: Did this all take place in NYC?
Leslie: We started as Haybaby when Zach and his ex broke up with our friend Caleb. He was on bass at first then wanted to switch to lead guitar so we had Sam join on bass, then Caleb moved back to Boston so we were just three again. Yeah, all in Brooklyn.
Zach: That pretty much sums it up, although my ex did not break up with Caleb, but my ex and I broke up.
Leslie: I play guitar, Zach drums, and Sam's on bass. We all sing, but Zach and I share lead.
HBR: Do you think that bass players need to have a good sense of humor because they are kinda the "losers" of the band?
Zach: Definitely think so which is why Sam is perfect.
Leslie: Sam definitely is the biggest loser in the whole world but he is also the best at bass in the universe.
Zach: True and it's awesome that he's not here to defend himself 'bout his loserdom.
Leslie: I think he would agree.
Zach: True, but he is the baddest ass at bass that I know.
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Zach: Not when you play like Sam. He thanks the powers that be with every note. I just think that they are in fact losers.
HBR: I'm going to pay special attention to that on the 15th. So, how do you guys go about songwriting? Is it a group process?
Leslie: I think in a lot of bands the role of the bassist is pretty boring, holding down root notes or whatever but that definitely is not the case in Haybaby. Sam pretty much defines the groove of the whole song and I just noodle around it.