By Stephanie Stevens
THE MYLARS are a wake-up call to what the 70’s and 80’s music brought to our lives, back in the day. Listening to this band just makes me reminiscence, back to movies I saw back then, music I jammed to, and well honestly, the trouble I got into as a crazy teenager. Good times by far. This NJ band breathes life back into that genre of music with a modern-day twist and are loving every minute of doing so.
Recently the guys released their debut album MELODY RECORDS and released a statement piece in first single FOREVER DONE and now most recently took a classic Cars song LET’S GOand made it a 2nd single and video, and really bring that vibe of classic nostalgia back to the music scene.
If you are looking for fun, sassy and classic sounds then THE MYLARS is definitely a band you need to check out. I had a chance to talk with Guitarist and vocalist, Danny Roselle- about the bands formation, video making and the history behind MELODY RECORDS.
OUT OF ALL THE SONGS YOU COULD COVER, WHAT MADE “LET’S GO” A SONG THAT STOOD OUT FOR YOU, AND WHAT DID THE CARS BRING TO YOU AS A INFLUENCE?
The guys in THE MYLARS have always been huge Cars fans first and foremost. We truly feel that The Cars embodied everything that was so great about a generation of music we feel is so desperately missing and needed today.
Fun, energetic, feel good songs with a great universal message. LET’S GO out and forget about our troubles and have a good time.
WHEN DOING A VIDEO FOR A SONG YOU COVER, WHAT DID YOU WANT IT TO POTRAY? DO YOU FEEL LIKE THE FINAL VERSION WAS CLOSE TO THAT ENVISIONING YOU HAD?
When we finally decided to make, LET’S GO our second single and video, we all got in a room and thought about what that song meant to us. As ideas starting being thrown around we came up with the initial idea of, how cool would it be to have people of all ages and different walks of life to all come together for one reason and one destination? THE MYLARS show. As we started discussing it more, we realized how much it took on a sort of Wizard of Oz vibe. After that, the ideas just poured out of us. Nothing was deemed too farfetched. We tried it all, whether it worked or not. I’m happy to say, the final version is exactly what we envisioned it would be and even exceeded our own expectations, thanks to our wonderful director Steven Nathan.
The whole true message behind the LET’S GO video has to do with our desire as a band to reach across generations and make THE MYLARS one big party.
YOU HAVE WORKED WITH STEVEN NATHAN FOR BOTH OF YOUR LATEST VIDEOS. WHAT DOES HIS WORK ETHIC AND CREATIVITY BRING, THAT MAKES YOU GUYS WANT TO KEEP WORKING WITH HIM?
Steven and I have been really good friends for many years, even pre-THE MYLARS. I am proud to have him as friend. He is also one of the hardest working people I know and that is so evident in everything he does. We’re both complete workaholics too so I think that we keep each other on our toes. His passion pushes me to always try and do better and beat the last thing I’ve done. I also know that we can go to him with any crazy idea we have and he will literally find a way to make it work. He also has no problem letting me know when something is not cutting it. Our first 2 videos wouldn’t have been the same without him.
THE MYLARS IS A UNIQUE NAME WHAT DOES THE NAME MEAN TO YOU?
It’s funny, at first, we we’re just really trying to come up with a fun, simple catchy name that didn’t constantly pose the question, “WHAT IS YOUR NAME’??? Then as we thought about THE MYLARS more and more we realized how much the bands message grew into the name…Mylar is something that is very reflective. Our whole entire message of, “It is what it used to be” is a complete reflection on all of the things that have influenced us.
GIVE US A BRIEF HISTORY OF HOW THE BAND CAME TO BE, AND HOW IT IS COMING OUT OF NEW JERSEY?
I’ll make it as brief as possible, because I could go on for days haha…Quig and I have been friends literally since high school. We both grew up in a small town of Union, NJ. We love coming from NJ. The music history here runs deep and it is incredible. We’re proud to say that we are influenced by it all. Springsteen, Southside, Jovi, Glen Burtnick, Mr. Reality, you name it.
Through the years we have weathered many bands together and thru thick and thin, good times and bad, we have stuck it out together. When we decided to put this band together a couple of years ago our only joint motto was that we wanted to do things our way. Not for the labels, not for the industry, not for anyone but ourselves. We knew that the only way we could really roll up our sleeves and do this was we needed to be able to proudly stand behind it with no apologies. When putting the band together we made sure that everyone else truly had that same attitude and perspective. All of the guys in THE MYLARS have come from bands that have tried to change with the times.
This is the opposite of that. THE MYLARS are the times. THE MYLARS are our time. For better or worse. And once we accepted who we were and what we loved we honestly began having the best time of our lives.
IF YOU HAD TO DESCRIBE YOUR MUSIC TO SOMEONE, HOW WOULD YOU? WHAT BAND WOULD U CALL YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCE
We try not to really describe our music. I let other people do that. What I will say is that our main influences stem from late 70’s early 80’s Power Pop Rock. Bands like, The Records, The Monroes, The Knack, The Cars, Elvis Costello, Squeeze, Cheap Trick. Great songs, Big, sing a long chorus. Fun times, Great friends. One big party. THE MYLARS mission is to be the band that takes you away from all of the bullshit and stress in your life for a couple of hours. What music used to be about for so many people, before everything became one big political statement. The memories of coming home from school and throwing your headphones on in your room and escaping into your favorite band for a while. Devouring lyrics sheets. All the pure aspects of what music used to be about. We’d like to try and bring some of that back in our own small way.
MELODY RECORDS IS YOUR FIRST FULL LENGTH ALBUM, THE TITLE REFERENCES A CHILDHOOD MEMORY RIGHT? EXPLAIN THE HISTORY?
WHAT SONG OFF THE ALBUM (MELODY RECORDS) DO YOU CONNECT WITH MOST AND WHY?
MELODY RECORDS was the small Mom and Pop record store in the center of town that was responsible for all of us kids falling in love with music. It was where we all bought our first records and where we all hung out to talk about our favorite bands. It’s where we got in line to buy tickets to our favorite shows. It’s our history.
The song that I connect with the most off of MELODY RECORDS is probably our first single, “FOREVER DONE.” That’s a song about us.
“FOREVER DONE,” is a song about survival. It’s about everything that we’ve all been through in our creative lives. All the drama, all the heartaches, all the near misses and almost successes. It’s also about the fact that we are all still standing here ready to do it again. It’s the song that defines us as individuals and as a band. It’s also the big “screw you” to everyone that counted us out! haha. It’s us accepting who we are and what we do. It’s realizing that it’s way too late for us to just walk away.
THE BAND MEMBERS (OTHER THAN BEING IN THIS BAND) HAVE DONE SOME INTERESTING THINGS IN THE MUSIC BIZ, IF YOU COULD BREAK DOWN YOUR BEST MOMENTS, OTHER THAN BEING IN THE MYLARS, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
We have all been pretty fortunate to have worked with some amazing people. For me, I would have to say playing for 20,000 people as the support act for Bon Jovi at NJ’s The Meadowlands would be at the top of my list. You have to realize that as a kid growing up in NJ, the place we all went to see our heroes was The Meadowlands. You used to have to walk across a rickety bridge to get to the venue. Some of my greatest memories as a kid involve me walking across that bridge to see my idols.
It’s also the place that most musicians drive past and dream about. I can’t tell you how many times, and would drive by and say, “Someday”. To have that happen was a dream come true for me.
WHAT DO YOU FEEL BRINGS UNITY AND BROTHERHOOD INTO A ROCK BAND THESE DAYS? DO YOU FEEL THIS WAS EASY FOR YOU GUYS AS A BAND OR DO U STILL TRIP N FALL SOMETIMES?
Maturity…For us it’s easy as pie…We live and breathe the unity every day. We have all spent many years on the other side, and we hated it…Never again. It’s 5 guys that enjoy each other’s company and feel lucky and blessed every time we get the opportunity to walk on stage.
YOU PLAYED WITH RICK SPRINGFIELD, A FEW MONTHS BACK, HOW WAS THAT AND DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING COMING UP, GOING INTO THE HOLIDAY SEASON OR NEW YEAR?
We loved playing with Rick. This guy is 60 something years old and he totally pushes the bar every night. He is an amazing performer and singer and I truly believe he hasn’t lost a step. It’s amazing to watch. Super nice guy too
For THE MYLARS, we are actually right in the middle of recording a Christmas song that we plan on releasing in early December. After that we’ll probably take a much-needed couple of weeks off for the holidays, and then hit the ground running in 2018.
We’re currently in talks with a few agents about possible small winter tours. Maybe somewhere warm? haha.
YOU GUYS SEEM LIKE A HIP AND TRENDY BAND. WHAT FASHION SENSE DO YOU GUYS HAVE AND BEST ADVICE YOU CAN GIVE BANDS FOR STAGE CLOTHES?
Haha, Thank you. We try our best…best advice I would give to any band is too make sure that you’re always 100% comfortable in anything you wear. Be yourself, but at the same time, if everyone in the band is wearing black jeans, for the love of God, don’t go with the acid wash…It looks ridiculous…ha