Discover This: West Ferry

Buffalo, NY, band West Ferry have honed an intriguing sound that flits between upbeat punk and more laid-back emotional indie.

Indeed, their fusion of emo with indie rock and punk makes the band a fascinating prospect, with a sound that they describe to us as “indie punk bummer rock.”

The band released their second EP at the end of last month, from which they sent us the second track Null. The track shows the punkier edge to the West Ferry sound, opening up with a delicious little riff that feeds into a lively chorus led by frontman Shawn McDonell’s engaging vocals, which end on a cry of “It’s all fucked.”

A second verse ends with more drawn-out vocals, then another big cry sees floaty guitars take over. A little pause sets up a fast-paced final chorus that ends with another cry of “It’s all fucked” and closes with a little blitz of guitars. Check it out below:

That’s preceded on the EP by opener Hand, which effectively sums up the West Ferry sound perfectly with moments of emo chaos followed by melodic indie goodness. Give it a listen below:

We had a chat with frontman Shawn McDonell to find out more about the band. Read on below…

GR: Who are West Ferry?

SM: “We are Brent Feuz (Bass), Shawn McDonell (Guitar, Vocals), Brian Siklinski (Guitar) and Joe Vallone (Drums), all from Buffalo, NY. I’ve been playing music with Brent in several folk rock projects since the late 00’s and we’ve always had great chemistry.

“Around 2015 we added Brian to the mix and really started to get an idea of what this band was going to be. However, after recording a few demos and looking for a permanent drummer, it kinda fizzled out. By 2018, we met Joe through another band Brian was in and just clicked. Each one of those guys brings their own unique feel and it solidified our sound. It’s been a long time in the making, but I couldn’t have found a better group of buds to do this with.”

GR: You just released Null. What should people be expecting from the song? What inspired you to write it?

SM: “Null touches on being burnt out from relationships, music, work, etc, then reaching a point where you want to hit the reset button and just be done with it all. The song is a quick energetic and emotional ride.”

GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?

SM: “Probably indie punk bummer rock”

BF: “Indie Diet Punk”

GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?

SM: “I like to start with a certain feeling and then piece together a story or idea drawing from personal and other’s experiences. Sometimes it’s a retrospective or internal conversation but it’s always different.”

GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?

SM: “We all have pretty different tastes in music. For me, I would say Bright Eyes, Cursive, Pup, Pedro the Lion, Bad Books, etc.”

GR: What have you got coming up in 2020? New music, new gigs, recording etc…?

SM: “We have another single/video coming out later this year that we are really excited about. It was recorded a few months after this EP and it sort of embodies the whole feel.”

GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?

SM: “I have so much fun playing with these guys and am super grateful to get to share it.”

You can follow West Ferry on Facebook and Instagram, and check out their music on Spotify and Bandcamp.

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