Written by Sarah Fawcett.
Photo by Ryan Rose.
Banner by Tristan Milne.
These days, stress runs rampant. Everyone’s got it and I have to admit, a good dosage of doughnuts, pizza and nachos helps me fill that void. Many of you can probably relate. So, I encourage you to sit down, stuff your face, relax, and while you’re at it, give the band Stress Eating a good ‘ole listen. Nothing is better for you than good food, good company and good music. Stress Eating just happens to have all three.
Wade: It was a name I had been sitting on for a while until this band materialized. I just remember thinking to myself one day, while shoving fast food or some junk into my mouth, that I was most definitely stress eating due to anxiety about an apartment move at the time. I thought it would make a cool band name and I wrote it down. When the band formed later on, I suggested it and the other guys liked it.
S: I definitely partake in the act of stress eating. What are your go to foods?
W: I go for deep fried foods like poutine and doughnuts. Pizza Hut pizza, which is basically deep fried. Oh, and ice cream.
S: Say someone has never had the pleasure of hearing your band, how would you describe it to them?
W: Loud, fast and yelly? Is that a word?
S: I think it gets the point across, ha ha! Who would you say are your musical influences?
W: Early ‘80s punk and hardcore à la Black Flag, Adolescents, Wipers and Bad Brains. And a bit of early emo/post-hardcore à la Rites of Spring and Embrace.
S: How long has Stress Eating been around? How’d you guys all meet?
W: We’ve all been good friends for years. I think we’ve all played in bands together in the past too. This project came together pretty quickly, actually. Back in 2013, it was the week before the Music Waste submission deadline and I wanted to see if I could get a band together last minute and apply. So I enlisted Matt to help me with writing and recording a song to submit. We wrote our first song “Rhythm Jester” in under an hour and crudely recorded it on our iPhones. The drum track was courtesy of an old drum machine we had in the jam space called The Rhythm Jester. We submitted the recording and kind of forgot about it. Months later we were kind of shocked to hear that we were accepted into the festival. At that point we needed to get a full band together and write more songs. We then enlisted Brett to play drums and Taz to play bass and the band was formed. So it’s fair to say that Stress Eating may not exist if it wasn’t for Music Waste accepting us.
S: What are some of your favorite local bands? Secondly. How do you feel about the scene here in Vancouver?
Brett: Lately, I’ve really been digging Soft Haze, Trashbait, Grease Thieves, Poor Form, Blockhead, Jiffy Marker, Taxa and Sightlines to name a few. I feel like Vancouver is lucky to have so many great bands! Obviously, I wish there were a few more venues to play at but we always have great shows at Red Gate and SBC!
S: Brett, I know you and your girlfriend love to thrift. As a fellow thrift enthusiast, I gotta ask – what are the top three items you’ve found?
B: Ha ha, this is the truth! Well, we have started a collection of Alf dolls from the ‘80s. We’re currently up to five and always looking for more! Other than that, I’m always finding random old shirts, tapes, E.T. merch and McDonald’s cups.
S: If each of you could be a video game character who would you be?
B: I would be Link, Wade would be Sonic, Matt would be Crash Bandicoot, and Taz would be Duke Nukem.
S: Ha ha, those are some pretty classic characters there. What is the best part about playing music together?
B: I can’t speak for the rest of the band but my favourite thing is playing shows with my friends. It’s fun to play drums and watch what kind of crazy and random things Matt does when he sings!
S: Can’t wait to see what else you guys come up with in the future. Got any new tracks in the works?
B: We have a new EP in the works, and we hope to have it online soon.