We had Lights & Caves in the studio on March 1, 2014.
Hailing from Boston, MA, Stay Seventeen are positioned to be one of the most talked about artists of the year. Comprised of Dana Dibiasio (vocals), Jayk Watson (bass/vocals), Mike Sanders-DeMott (guitar/vocals) and Dan Dunham (drums), this quartet has been catching attention with their signature sound. With an undeniable pop hook infused with the rock edge, they’ve earned comparisons to bands such as Mayday Parade and The Summer Set. Established in 2012, the members came together with a collective agreement of putting the music first and creating songs that entertain and excite. The band came up with the name ‘Stay Seventeen’ from a line in the popular All Time Low song, ‘The Party Scene’. To them, it signifies staying young, free, and following your dreams, which is a message they have sought out to convey to their fans.
The crystalline, aha moment, if you can picture it, comes after a month of dogged recording in a converted warehouse in the middle of the bleak Midwest winter — foreign and dissociative terrain for Gardens & Villa, whose members are more accustomed to the warm breezes and surf of their Santa Barbara, California, home. The recording situation itself couldn't have been more ideal for unbridled creativity, as G&V was locked away with acclaimed producer Tim Goldsworthy (Cut Copy, DFA Records, Hercules & Love Affair) and was given full access to gear-nerdery like Sly Stone’s custom-built Flickinger recording console (used throughout There’s a Riot Goin’ On). However, the band had only left the studio space five times during the month, lost in a black hole of music-making. As their time with Goldsworthy drew to a close, with deadlines looming and personal woes creeping in, the band found themselves anxious, stressed out, sad. They needed a natural remedy -- an escape into the wilds of Michigan.
“I love the rare feeling of people in a room being connected without having to share any ideology or belief system or style or walk of life or class or anything – where they can all just melt in to something magical,” says Charlie Mars. “I want to explore sonically what that is.”