Q&A with Nate Merli of Heyrocco

Q&A with Nate Merli of Heyrocco

Waiting On Cool was the next natural step forward for South Carolina trio, Heyrocco. The follow-up to the band's 2015 release Teenage Movie Soundtrack, released in May of 2016 is less bullshit, and much cleaner, as Heyrocco's Nate Merli puts it. With the EP out now, the band has plans to hit the road this summer. Catch them on tour June through August, and pick up Waiting On Cool now! 

Can you tell us a little bit about Heyrocco for any readers who may not be familiar?

To anyone unfamiliar, Heyrocco began in the Summer of 2013 at Taco's house in Charleston, South Carolina with a few recordings. From there we made Teenage Movie Soundtrack, spent several years on tour aiding our craft and selves along the way. The band is currently working on a follow up full length and just released a 6-track Waiting On Cool.

You just released your new EP Waiting On Cool in May - how does it feel to finally have it out for listeners to hear?

Very cool! Sometimes it's tough being current with your releases but with this record our fans know exactly where we are. Or at least they're close. People seem to like it, we enjoy performing the songs. We've added a second guitarist for our upcoming summer tour so we'll see what happens. 

What does Waiting On Cool mean to you?

Really it's just a saying amongst the band. It was only first thought of as a title in Holland while waiting on Cool (Chris Cool) to exchange English pounds somewhere. We were on acid at the time so it's a bit fuzzy but to me it will always stand out as a day I discovered a lot about about writing and performing. 

How do you feel you’ve grown between your last album, Teenage Movie Soundtrack and Waiting On Cool?

In every way. As people we've matured, as musicians we've matured. The songs are cleaner. They contain more chords, less bullshit words like 'that' or 'some'. Waiting On Cool says what it is, it's the bridge between Lp1 and Lp2.

You mentioned that Waiting On Cool is meant to be a bridge between Teenage Movie Soundtrack and a future full length. What goals did you have for this transition? 

Weird... There was no intention of transition. We spent a lot of time in Venice Beach with our friend Pete G who was very impactful in our intellectual growth. Other than that we grew beards? Bettered our backs?

What was the hardest part about working on the EP? 

The hardest part was deciding on a finished product. Which songs put us forward, which songs move us back? 

You recently released a music video for “Build It Up” from the EP - can you tell us a little about the song and video?

Cool made up the riff a few summers ago, I wrote the lyrics shortly after. We demoed the song with this guy Aaron but it wasn't until Brendan Benson got his dirty cock in it that we grabbed the final cut. The video came from a website I always fancied, archive.org, a database of miscellaneous film. I grabbed an old monster movie and added subtitles. The subtitles really made the video.  

On top of the album release, you have a handful of tour dates coming up this summer. What are you most excited about on these upcoming dates?

As I mentioned earlier our good friend Thomas is playing guitar live and this is something we've never done before. I can already tell from rehearsals it's going to be good. A singer should sing first and foremost. 

What would you like listeners to take away from your music or live performances?

We want people to see there's still real music being made by real people and it's there if you want it. 

Thank you for taking the time to chat with us! Is there anything else you would like to add?

Tambien. Thank you as well. I would simply add if you're reading this whomever you may be make sure you are always cleaning up after yourself. 

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