Hey Radio take on the A-Z challenge

Our A-Z challenge is a fun way to get to know the many bands and artists out there. Here it’s the turn of Hey Radio to tell us all about themselves!

A song that made you want to make music?

There are a lot of them, but ones that come to mind are “Bro Hymn” (Pennywise), “Girl All The Bad Guys Want” (Bowling For Soup), “I’ve Got An Ape Drape” (Vandals), and “Anthem” (Zebrahead)

Best rider you’ve had?


Craziest moment you’ve had in the band?

That would have to be the crust punk that heckled us our entire set, then afterwards tried to be buddy buddy and buy us beer. Dude ticked us off some kinda fierce, but hey…that was a beer we didn’t have to pay for!

Deepest lyric one of your songs features?

“I don’t care what they have to say, gonna see my name in lights one day. Gotta show those a******* imma be okay.” (Far Away From Here)

Easiest song you wrote?

Smush” (from our “Bangers” album)

Favourite song in your set?

Anything For You

Guest you’d most like to feature on your record?

Jaret Reddick (if you’re reading this, Jaret, hit us up!)

Hardest thing about being in a band?

Getting everyone’s schedules to constantly mesh!

Interesting fact about one of your members?

We’ve got a guy who can make one of his eyes move while the other stays looking forward. Oh, we can also pat our heads and rub our tummies at the same time!

Jokes you have in the band?

Oh, man…WAY too many! That’s the thing about us – we constantly keep each other laughing!

Key to writing a song?

Mostly finding a vibe and building on it. If it fits our style, we start really focusing on the music side while Adam and Dustin hash out lyrics later on. Makes it a real group effort thing that we all end up being really proud of.

Longest distance you’ve travelled to play a show?

About four hours away. We’re hoping to expand on that

Most inspiring musician you’ve experienced?

More than one – Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust), Mike Palm (Agent Orange), Robert Hingley (The Toasters), Suzi Moon, Dave Brockie (R.I.P.)

New band you’d recommend?

Our buds in the band Kids On Fire should definitely be checked out. Amazing punk band from Seattle that’s really going places!

Opening for this band would be ideal?

Bowling For Soup!

Place you’d most like to tour?

The west coast (Washington/Oregon/California) as well as the UK (our music’s played on a good amount of shows over the years, and we’d like to perform for our fans out there!)

Quote you’d like to pass on to our readers?

“Haters gonna hate. Keep cheesin’.”

Reason for the title of your recent/forthcoming release?

Title hasn’t been chosen yet…TBA!

See us live at?

In our hometown, we tend to play a place called Kirby’s quite a bit. It’s got a ton of history, and a lot of folks have played there, including some who’ve really blown up in the industry! Also, a place called Barleycorns is a really fun place where some amazing bands have taken the stage, and we always have a good time there!

The old days of music were better than the current, do you agree?

Yes and no. Both had their pros and cons.

Unusual merchandise?

We’ve got some really fun merch, but a recent one that really stands out is our Steve Urkel in corpse paint shirt haha

Variations you’d like to do on any of your songs?

…maybe a smooth jazz rendition?

What do your fans mean to you?

Everything. We wouldn’t be a band if not for them!

X-rays or any treatments needed for band related injuries?

None currently. Maybe during/after the first tour, especially if Adam decides to jump off a speaker haha

You’re late for a show, whose fault is it?

Construction. In our area, it’s ALWAYS construction!

Zoo animal that next describes the personality of your band?

Chimpanzee. The happy, curious, entertaining kind, not the poo flinging kind!

Elizabeth Birt

November 1, 2023

Band management assistant. Goth princess and lover of all things music and sport.


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