For Fans Of: A Wilhelm Scream / Kid Dynamite / Good Riddance
With members of Daggermouth and Shook Ones, newish punk rock band Rest Easy might not have been able to get out on the road just yet, but they’re amassing a pretty solid following anyway. Largely contributed to their bruising punk, self-titled EP that’s made up of four tracks all competing to be the most beloved. We catch up with guitarist Kenny Lush to chat about what’s going on and what’s next.
Words: Renette van der Merwe
Tell us a little about yourself. Where the name came from, how long you’ve been going for and anything else new fans would want to know.
Hey, we are Rest Easy. Based out of Vancouver, Canada, except for our drummer Jimmy. He’s originally from Philly, then Orange County, then he moved to Edmonton Alberta. We have been around for a bit over a year although we haven’t played a show yet because the world is a mess. But we atleast were able to record the Sick Day EP and we are almost done writing for a full length. As far as the name goes it was something Dana (the bass player) came up with.
Can you recall your very first memory of music?
The very first song I remember hearing and getting stoked on was ‘Faith’ by George Michael. I remember it being super catchy and he looked pretty cool on the cover. I also remember the Labyrinth movie and all those songs sung by David Bowie were, and still are, a favorite of mine.
Who’s on your wishlist of artists that you’d love to collaborate with and/or open for on tour?
Oh… first choice would be one of Dan Yemins many bands… whether its Lifetime, or Kid Dynamite, or Paint It Black or Open City. Jawbreaker would rule too. Lagwagon and Good Riddance, Sick of it All also make the list. And anytime I can hang out with Broadway Calls or I am The Avalanche its always a good time too.
You recently released Sick Day. What were some of the most fun and also most challenging aspects of recording the EP
The best part was just getting to hang out in the studio and getting to know Dylan and Jimmy a bit better. Challenge wise, I dont think there was any big problems on this recording. We got a bit picky with Dylans vocals but he was a champ and knocked the end result out of the park.
“The song is a buzzing pop-punk ripper…”
Consequence of Sound
Speaking of live shows, what’s your favourite story from a show so far?
A few years ago Daggermouth was playing in Calgary, and a fight broke out between two guys. One guy was wearing a band shirt, and the guy he was fighting was the singer of the band on his shirt. So we all started yelling out “you’re fighting your shirt” and for some reason we still yell that out loud once in awhile and all still laugh.
Settle an argument for us (and the rest of the world) pineapple on pizza?
Pineapple is fine on pizza. I actually ain’t a picky eatter. I love all sorts of pizza. Has there been a pizza with kimchi on it? That would be good I think.
Rising to the challenge, Rest Easy have put together an electrifying collection of songs that best encapsulates the artists and music that inspire them as a band.
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