Wyoming Young and Strong – Interview

Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

PD:  How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?

WYAS: We’re a stoner rock band with a strong foothold in punk and noise.


PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.

WYAS: All of us have been playing in the same scene here in Seattle in several different bands of different genres. Josh and Josh had been playing as a two piece for nearly ten year. Jason (bass) has been around the band since day one but finally joined in to fill out our sound an push us to improve our writing.


PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?

WYAS: Our songs are all about a young man named Wyoming who travels around space, time, and reality. Wyoming was growing up in a small rural town when his world was torn apart by the attack of a group of alien gods. After being stranded on his now lifeless world Wyoming took to space where he found himself in a civil war between a corrupt leader and a dark shaman warlord. This record finds Wyoming summoned to the past by a distant magical relative.


PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?

WYAS: We just want to write songs, play killer shows and see kickass bands. If someone happens to hand us a buck we’re not going to be pissed but if they don’t we’re going to keep playing.


PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?

WYAS: Our proudest moment so far in this band is……………………………


PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?

WYAS: We’ve been at this forever. Making music is more of an addiction than a desire. A lot of the leg work has moved to a handful of terrible websites that are trying to ruin music just like they destroyed the local store or the government.  This is honestly not a thing for this band to worry about. We write songs when its cold or rainy or dark. We’re happy to play shows in basements or on stages. The technology people use to talk about it is really unimportant. This isn’t a business or a race.


PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?

WYAS: We prefer to book shows face to face or over the phone because we prefer to play on bills we’re excited to be on. There’s a kickass group of bands in our community today so we focus on that. Like all bands we have to use the tictagrams or whatever.

We are super pumped to play Crank the Dank on April 20th. It’s a local metal festival. It will be 20+ of our favorite bands from up and down the I-5 corridor. Its going to be a great night playing with all our sisters and brothers in this scene.


PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?

WYAS: 8Track, vinyl, wire recorder. You run your own life man. We’re here to rock. If you want to listen on high-end stereos or just sing the songs to your friends while air guitaring. We’re happy you’re into it. Thanks for the support.


PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

WYAS: War Pigs obviously or Night Goal

But as for something more recent I wish we’d written Dancing Flames by Firebreather. So many good riffs, the vocals are so damn tough they make me want to break something. And then there’s the drop in the half time groove which gets me every time.


PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?

WYAS: There’s nothing we don’t love about playing music. Well, there’s the dragging big amps up stairs but otherwise its all perfect. As for the business that people attach to music… we probably don’t have anything insightful to add to this conversation.


PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?

WYAS: We’re working on writing mostly. We have about half a record worked out that we’re going to record with Seattle legend Jeffery McNulty at the Kill Room. We’re doing that in late May. After that its back to writing some more. Its been awesome to dig into writing this batch of songs as a three piece. Its been awesome to challenge what has been the norm of our old two piece process.


PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?

WYAS: We’re on a lot of the socials.

You can find stuff on our website as well.

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