Will Romeo, the lead singer and guitarist of the hard-charging punk rock and roll band Gameday Regulars recently agreed to chop it up with yours truly. Throughout our chat we talked about what we like, what we listen to, and why he and his band rule as hard as they do. Will kept his motor running while I kept firing questions. During our chat it became crystal clear that he and his band know exactly why they’re here and precisely where they’re going.
SGH: A bands history is like the setting of a good story. I feel like yours needs telling…
Will: At the start of 2011 my buddy Danny encouraged me to get my old project back together. He said the songs were great, and to get some new members and track some new songs. I hit up my brother Gino and friend Kenny to get the ball rolling. We really were all on the same page with what we wanted to accomplish and how we wanted to grow as a band. We felt this was our chance to play the music we always wanted to play. In the spring of 2011 we got into the studio with Greg Dunn to track our debut ep.
SGH: I love the EP, But It’s Hell In The Hallway. There’s such a forcefulness about it. It feels urgent and important, like you had something to get off your chest.
Will: The process was different than how we normally record. Greg helped shape the sound and capture the record we wanted. We wanted a loud, raw, heartfelt punk rock record. MTS agreed to release it for us and we were super excited because we knew we were in good hands. The plan for the future is to continue releasing stuff and trying to stay busy with as much touring as possible. We’re very proud of this record and are stoked the future to grow as band.
SGH: I imagine being in a band with your brother must be pretty fun. There’s a certain element of free speech that enters in when its between brothers, a no holds barred sort of thing.
Will: Me and brother have been trucking at playing music for a long time, at times there was alot of head butting, but at the same time it just works.
SGH: I feel the punk energy in your EP, but I also feel the blue collar, everyday rock and roll sound too. Who molded your approach to song writing?
Will: I can honestly say the energy we felt the first time we heard Face To Face, Jawbreaker, Hot Water Music, Samiam, The Replacements, Lucero, and this list goes on…we were kinda were sold. At the end of the day so many bands have gimmicks, an image to uphold, they try to keep up with whats buzzing. We just try to keep it true and heartfelt. Punk rock is timeless. Nobody will remember alot of these five minute of fame bands, but bands like The Clash will always be changing peoples lives.
SGH: How big of a role do influences play in your life as a musician?
Will: Gameday just made it a point to write songs and not try to sound like anything or anyone. We’re all starting to hear the influences in our music after it’s recorded. We all have a common respect for each other which is great. Kenny, Gino, and I just throw ideas on the table and hopefully we capture something and make a song. The one nice part about being a three piece is it helps us not saturate the music with stuff thats unnecessary. We’re excited to hear the final product of our new songs. And we all love Sam Cooke.
SGH: How do you feel about touring? It seems with the music industry in an odd place, now more than ever a tour is where a band gets the chance to spread their music and sell some merch. How does a Gameday Regulars tour come together?
Will: We love to tour, it’s kind of been life for us for about a decade on so many levels. Me and Kenny were crew for several bands over the years. Seeing all aspects of road life has definitely given us experience. Touring is clutch, it’s a lot more important now than it ever has been, also it’s the bread and butter of successful bands. The reality is nobody really buys music like they used to, you can find everything through file sharing for free. However, it the most rewarding thing I have ever done in my life. Whether we play a basement show in front of four kids or a packed venue, we always get something out of it. This is the reason why we ever wanted to pick up guitars. Gameday Regulars is new to the road, but we’re stoked and completly grateful to play any show, meet new people, and hear new bands. We’re looking forward to be on the road as much as possible, everywhere.
SGH: How did you guys get linked up with MTS (Mightier Than Sword Records)? How has the experience been, and do you plan to record and release more music through them?
Will: MTS is a great label. I’ve known RJ for a couple of years. RJ and Buddy really care about all of their bands and its been a great experience. We are really stoked to part of the MTS family. We’re recording some new stuff in November and mainly just want to stay consistent with new material coming out. We also want to tour on the EP we just released.
SGH: Lastly, you mentioned The Clash earlier, what’s your favorite song? I’m partial to “Lost in the Supermarket” followed closely by “Jail Guitar Doors”. And, what’s your drink of choice?
Will: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Bushmills Irish whiskey. My favorite Clash song would be “Spanish Bombs”.
—And there you have it. The working class, ass kicking musings of a true punk rock and roll frontman. Gameday Regulars EP “But It’s Hell In The Hallway” is out now on MTS records http://www.mtsrecords.com/releases, and itunes. It’s a slab of genuine, no bullshit, straight ahead rock and roll that plays like the perfect soundtrack for the fuzzy parts of an epic night. Check out the band on facebook and twitter @willromeo and @gamedayregulars. Bronx, NY stand up!