The first time I heard The Meanagers my first thought was “How have I not heard of this band before?” Too Pop and silly for hardcore, too loud and rambunctious for indie pop music, they occupy a great gray area that shows what music could be like if we weren’t so uptight about fitting into a genre. We caught up with Hayden Ford, the mastermind behind the Meanagers to chat about music.
How did Managers get started?
It started out I was doing everything myself as a recording project. Most of the recordings online are just me. I met Dylan this summer and he agreed to play drums. Being a two piece is fun but it is still hard. I play a bunch of instruments and I want to do a ton of different stuff. It’s hard to get everything I want out of it. We are looking for new members now.
So your recordings are just you recording different tracks?
There are always more than two tracks. There is guitar and drums but then we record bass, and multiple vocals, then some of the new stuff has synthesizers and singing saws. It didn’t start out as a band that wanted to record music; it was a recording project that is turning into a band.
Your discography was a recording project? You have over three albums out now.
Yea, I just record when I have free time. I’m writing songs constantly, and when I get a chance I will record whatever I am writing at the time.
Do you try and write songs that fit together or do you just record whatever you like?
Some of the songs fit together just because I recorded them all at one time. The first songs I ever recorded were recorded with a cassette four track. They all sound the same because they are from the cassette. I switched to a computer for the rest of the songs, not because I like the computer better, I like the sound track a lot, but the computer allows you to do more tracks.
It depends on how I record really. Sometimes I record the drums for five songs all in one take, those are the songs that end up sounding similar. As for the songs themselves, they really don’t fit together.
The ‘Hot Singles” EP tracks are all over the place but it works out nicely.
(Laughs) If you say so. This might sound selfish, but the cool thing about being a band now and not a recording process, is that I can do whatever I want. Its not like I have to do what everyone else wants to do, or what I am able to do.
If I want to write a song with African drums and piano I can do that. Or if I want to write a fast punk song I can do that as well. Especially at this point, we are not too bug, no one is relying on us to put out a certain sound, so I don’t feel an obligation to do anything besides whatever I want to do.
I don’t want people to get used to one style of Meanagers sound, because if they do it will be disappointed.
The name of the band, Meanagers, seems like a very good definition of the 20 something age group.
I think things are changing in the modern world. After your 21 you’re still not an adult, your something in between. You’re not a teenager, but you’re not acting like an adult. After a certain point you have to get your shit together, but not yet.
How did you get into music?
I was in a punk band called “The Spastics” in 6th grade with my cousin Nick. My best friend Jordan started taking guitar lessons and my cousin Nick started taking drum lessons, they told me we were starting a band and that I had to learn bass.
That band went on until high school. Then I was in two bands, I sang for a hardcore band called “Burger Violence”, and then I played drums for a surf punk band called “The Insubordinates”. All through that I was also doing a solo project which was really folky.
When I went to college all of my bands fell through; I started getting into different rock music. After I got bored of not doing music, I started recording the Meanagers.
Even though you have played a range of genres would you consider yourself hardcore at heart?
No. I love eighties hardcore and punk; it is what I listened to all through high school. After awhile it was restricting both for songs writing and melody. I sort of got tired of it after awhile. Meanagers is still informed by hardcore; I want it to be pop music to be played with the ferocity of a hardcore band.
Again Meanagers is whatever I want it to be at the time. I still listen to Black Flag, but now I listen to Bollywood music, and Kesha, and Bob Dylan. I don’t even give a fuck anymore. I just take influences from whatever sounds good to me.
The Meanagers have a show coming up the 29th @ The Bug Jar