Seattle band HYWAYS began as Ole Tinder and was recently formed after the disbanding of Rose Windows years ago. “The spelling of HYWAYS is a nod to the Byrds. We like how Hyways/highways…gives reference to the road as well as getting high and sort of figuring out your thing.” The new band is comprised of Mike Giacolino (vocals, guitar, and harmonica), Nils Petersen (bass, keys, and backing vocal), Jay Kardong (pedal steel guitar and electric guitar), and Pat Schowe (percussion) and, Mike describes, sounds of, “psychedelic country acid folk indie rock band heavily influenced by late 60’s early 70’s psychedelic folk and country rock music.” He notes that as they have evolved, their sound has gotten more experimental and less genre specific.
Mike writes the songs, the content of which, “vary and are left to the listener to decipher.” The music making process begins with demoed songs being sent to the band to learn. From there Mike says that they, “spazz out on them together,” with their producer, Randall Dunn, who “definitely helped us catch our vibe.” Due to this, “vibe,” the band is frequently compared to the sounds of Gram Parsons, CCR, Gene Clarks/No Other, Flying Burrito Bros, John Prine and Michael Nesmith.
As a new band, HYWAYS has performed at the Roadhouse on KEXP and at their album release show at one of their fondest Ballard spots, the Tractor Tavern, which has been their favorite musical memory together to date. The band’s other Ballard favorites include Hatties, Conor Byrne, Sunset, SmokeShop, and Gold Dogs.
You can gain access to HYWAYS’ music on their website, www.hywaysmusic.com, and at several live shows coming up in the area including at Tony V’s Garage during Fisherman’s Village Music Festival on April 1 at 6:30, Clock Out Lounge on May 19, and at Folklife Music Festival on May 25 at 6:45 on the Fountain Lawn Stage. The group loves to play live and Mike says that a HYWAYS show looks like, “some dancing and good times mixed with a few heavy sweet moments as well,” so make sure to mark your calendars for their upcoming shows.
Mike explains that their main challenge as a band has been accumulating enough cash for the sound they want. They have overcome this struggle and released their debut, self-titled album which is available in physical CD form as well as digital download. You can support them by picking their record up at Easy Street Records on April 21 for their official vinyl release and live show.
HYWAYS would like to thank their record label, Union Zero, and their Producer, Randall Dunn as well as Greg Garcia, Bradley Davis, Greg Vandy, Sean Jewell, Ian Bremner, Rich Zollner, Leigh Bezezekoff, Naomi and Pete Petersen, Phil and Tim Hanseroth, and their family and friends and KEXP.