WHY NOT: EP
Isaac Dell, Henry Breen, and Joshua MacGregor of Why Not mesh their eclectic music taste of punk, pop, and experimental rock into one EP incomparable to any other band of their scale. Guttural vocals from Henry Breen, bone crushing guitar riffs by Isaac Dell, and the punchy, deep drums from Josh MacGregor, all harmonize to erect this one of a kind sound. Dell, Breen, and MacGregor all met in Minnesota as pubescent boys and decided on a whim to form a group that had one coinciding dream - to be a heavy metal band. Their vision was slightly altered as time went on and as a blessing in disguise, they formed their own cutting-edge style. These three boys have created the unparalleled genre straight out of their basement.
In their new EP, simply titled EP, they open with “Ready 4 The World, a self explanatory title that examines the ambition and adolescent buoyancy of Why Not. Track after track, there is a different harmony, and a different message, but notably, an entirely different intensity that could only be captured by this trio. The boys of Why Not play a melody that makes you want to crowd surf and risk the chance of getting a black eye. Why Not’s vivacious energy has grabbed the attention of the Minnesota music scene, and their influence is slowly gaining nationally…
HOW HAS MINNEAPOLIS CONTRIBUTED TO THE MUSIC YOU MAKE? FAVORITE LOCAL BANDS?
We are all from the Twin Cities! Isaac is from Minneapolis, and Henry and I (Josh) are from St. Paul...and that has totally 100% influenced us in so many different ways. First of all, coming up at the same time The Happy Children we’re coming up was awesome. They really developed the DIY scene that we are in right now. We love the scene here and we wouldn’t trade it for anything! In terms of our favorite local bands, some that come to mind are Heart to Gold, niiice., Dreams We’ve Had, The Happy Children, Torquemada, Remo Drive, Hippo Campus....just to name a few.
YOU GUYS HAVE RELEASED AN ALBUM EACH YEAR SINCE 2017! HAVE THERE BEEN ANY DRASTIC CHANGES IN SOUND OR CREATIVE PROCESS?
I think we would all agree there has been a ton of change between every release... for example, Spring Cleaning was more emo while EP is more alternative with some experimental influence. I think the most noticeable thing that sets EP apart from our other releases is the emphasis on post production. On our other releases we would record the songs, mix them, then release them... For EP we did all of that, then spent an extensive amount of time on post production with Caleb Hinz. It was super cool to be able to take things that are already there, then emphasize that emotion even more. If there’s a buildup, it’s likely emphasized to convey that emotion with much more intensely.
FAVORITE TRACK OFF OF EP?
Honestly in terms of the best song... that is so impossible to say. Each song is amazing in its own way and serves its own purpose. “Ready 4 the World” is an intense pop opener that ends with this crazy breakdown thingy that sets the tone for the rest of EP.... it’s weird... testing the boundaries of pop rock/emo. “Your Moind” is a cool song that takes a catchy little guitar riff and ends the song in a punk rampage. “Thud. Dead.” is the more emo or math rocky tune that is just relentless. “Eighth Year” ends the EP with a meditative and experimental almost psych rock tune. We are super proud of every single song on this release!
UPCOMING PLANS? TOURING ANYTIME SOON?
The future holds so much for Why Not. We are going to keep up playing a lot of local shows, along with touring Texas and the west coast in July with a band that will be announced sometime in the future! We will definitely be back in the studio this year for an album of some sort that will continue our progression through our musical journey.
photo by Lydia Velazquez