The Vinyls


"We love what we’re doing and we’re doing this for us."

The Vinyls are a newer band from Red Bank, New Jersey. Their sound is fresh and their presence is likable. Members Drew Buddy (vocals), Dave Ryan (guitar/vocals), Dan Szpakowski (bass), Zach West (guitar/vocals), and Rick Szpakowski (drums) are a close knit bunch who all have a love for rock & roll music. They may be new to the music scene, but many of the members have been linked to music their whole lives. Zach West answered some questions for me about his band and the future ahead of them.

Q. How and when did you guys form?

A. We started the band this past summer actually. Dave and Drew were starting a new project and searching for members. They ended up meeting Rick one night at the Court Tavern in New Brunswick. Rick and Dan have known each other since the early 90’s, and share the same mother and father. Zach was Rick’s hairstylist and it all just sort of tied together. We’ve all known “of” each other and our various music projects for quite awhile.

Q. What is one of your biggest dreams as a band?

A. It could be anything from playing Madison Square Garden to opening up for The Rolling Stones. Honestly, that’s exactly it. We want to play MSG opening for the Stones.

Q. What has been one of the best shows you’ve played so far?

A. Our CD release show was incredible…and Rick’s cat Reggie’s birthday bonanza!

Q. Name some things you hope to happen in 2011.

A. For the economy to do a complete 180 and for Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt to get back together

Q. You released your EP “Extended Play” in November. Any plans to release a full length record in the future?

A. Yes, we’re always writing. A full length is definitely going to happen somewhere down the line. Sooner than later.

Q. If you could be on the cover of any magazine, with the headline of “best band around”, which one would make you most proud to be featured on?

A. Metal Edge or Spin would be nice.

Q. If you could look out into the audience and see one famous face watching you play, who would it be?

A. Patrick Ewing or Dave Grohl.

Q. What is one thing you would like your fans to know about your band?

A. We love Starbucks and half price appetizers at 10…but all joking aside we’d like people to know there’s nothing fake about our band. We love what we’re doing and we’re doing this for us.

Q. If you could make a music video for any one of your songs, which one would it be and why?

A. We’re actually in the process of shooting a video for our song “American Dream.” The awesome dudes at InfraRed films are shooting it for us.

Q. If you were stranded on an island for the rest of your life and could only bring one of your songs to listen to, which one would it be and why?

A. Ironically we’d bring our song “Loner”, go figure…and lots of insulin for Dave.

Hit play and listen to “American Dream.”

The End.

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