Jay Wiley describes his band, The Hawkeyes as, “Straightforward, honest and passionate rock n roll. We’re very proud to be from Western, PA and we enjoy channeling that heritage and work ethic into our songwriting and performances. We like to have that “look you in the eye” type of attitude.”
How could you not get excited for this band after reading that? Well, Saturday is your chance, as they are headlining Penn Brewery at 10PM! Check out our interview with frontman Jay Wiley who will always give great insight about the Pittsburgh music scene and music in generak. Along with Wiley, The Hawkeyes are Colin Bronnekant on drums, Brian Chalmers on bass and Mike Grego on lead guitar.
Sound Scene Express: When did you form your band? What inspired you to make music
Jay Wiley: We formed in August 2010. I had just gone through a breakup of my solo backing band and Colin was the drummer but he was also a member of the alt-country Pittsburgh band Country Music Gas Station with brian and Nick Libeg (former member). Colin invited me to a jam session with them and we ended up writing a few songs, one of which was “Double E” and we literally got a gig with 28 North the next week. we just said that we were gonna make the most honest and up front music, because that’s what we know and we’re gonna do our damndest to write about stories, characters, and situations that we know reflect what area of the world we come from and we would also be able to convey these messages to audiences and allow them to believe in what we do. Not just from a simple musical persepctive but from an attitude one as well.
SSE: Have you been in any other bands?
JW: When I was very young in my early early 20s I was in a band called Alisium . We took first place in the now defunct Graffiti Rock Challenge in 2004. We had a great Black Crowes vibe with that group, a lot of partying, but that definitely laid the ground work for the rock n roll.
Brian and Colin of course were in country music Gads Station.