Artist Spotlight: Rewound

 

Zack Zajicek and Frank Warren are a two piece band ‘Rewound' based out of McGregor, Texas. They have been playing music together since middle school and their on-stage chemistry shines through every single performance.

Photo courtesy of Rewound

Frank:
We met in Junior high, and Zack was already in a band called Rewound Generation. So basically, he's the founder, but eventually, the people in Rewound Generation decided to go live life and stopped coming to practice. So, Zack called me over and said “Hey, you want to jam out?” So, that’s how we started playing together.

KWL:
That's amazing.

Frank:
Yeah it was amazing.

Zack:
I mean I guess my story is a little different. I've been surrounded by music since I was like just a baby. My dad was a paying musician. In this area he was pretty well known, his name was David Zajicek. He got around. But yeah, he introduced me to rock music and stuff at a really young age. But surprisingly enough, I didn't pick up the guitar, I picked up the drums. I don't know, I just started hitting crap.

KWL:
Well, we have to talk about that because you absolutely destroy those drums. What did they do to hurt you? Did your drums pick on you?

Frank:
(Laughs) We actually have a picture of him playing as a little boy, with that mouth wide open, just going at it! I love that picture so much.

Photo courtesy of Rewound

Photo courtesy of Rewound

Zack:
First, I started off playing trumpet in band, I changed to tuba, and then I moved to percussion stuff.

KWL:
You guys are very explosive on stage, so where are you pulling that energy from?

Frank:
I think I'm inspired by a lot of live acts, I would say. Deftones is my favorite band of all time, and so Chino Moreno the lead singer, I get that vibe from him. I want to be like him. I think when we were doing one of our first shows, I was like “I want to be like him.”

KWL:
So tell me, how high do you think you can jump? Because at one point I'm pretty sure you jumped as high as I am.

Frank:
Oh my god, how high? That's crazy (laughs) actually. I don't know really. I mean, the way I got from jumping and kicking and everything like that, I don't know, I just really like doing all that stuff. I haven't checked my vertical yet.

KWL:
Your amp set up is very interesting. Can you explain?

Frank:
So yes, it's a little weird thing and it has it own little kick to it. So, we have these guitar amps they're called B52s. They're no longer made or anything like that.

So it's like a two stack, like there's one on the bottom and one on the top. The bottom one I got for my birthday a long time ago. I actually left it at Zack's place, and he broke it.

Zack:
I might have broke it.

Frank:
(Interrupts) Oh yeah, you broke it.
Eventually Zack's dad, when he was still around, he sent it to the company to get it fixed right, in California. They sent it back, but whenever it got sent back, like everything was broken. And so we talked to FedEx.

Zack:
Yeah, because I think it got broken in shipping.

Frank:
Yeah, so FedEx paid for a whole new amp. So, that bottom part is my old one, and the top one was the new one. And so we have both.

Zack:
So the speakers on the bottom one still works, but like the head and everything-

Frank:
Yeah we took it out, but for the way I have the guitar going through the guitar amps and the base amp, I have an AB switch that goes straight to, A goes straight to the amps and then B goes straight to the bass. But before it goes to the bass amp, it's goes into this octa pedal that I have, so it makes it sound like a bass.

Zack:
Yeah it brings it an octave down.

“The Bunker” - Photo courtesy of Rewound.

“The Bunker” - Photo courtesy of Rewound.

KWL:
So where do you guys practice?

Frank:
My mother's house. Where I currently live as well. We just had an extra storage room, and I asked my mom if I could clean part of it and use it, and she was like yeah sure, and then eventually I started cleaning everything, and like don't do this, but we skipped school one day to clean this room.

Zack:
Yeah we decorated it and tried to make it like our super chill spot. We're actually recording a music video for the new single, we're doing it all ourselves, and we've been recording parts of it in our little practice space. We refer to it as the Bunker, and we've got a little sign up.

KWL:
What has been your most memorable performance?

Zack:
I'd say this last Spin Connection show.

Frank:
That was the wildest. Zack's drums solo-

Zack:
Yeah my drums got knocked over like three times, but I didn't even care because people we're having fun.


KWL:
We were there and trying our hardest to get a good shot of you playing. We never got a clear shot because everybody was so crowded on you, and they're like moshing, and I was like “nah, I'm okay.”

Frank:
That's like a con for us I would say, but we love it. We try to find videos or we try to be like, “does anyone have videos or anything like that?” And people are like, “Oh no, I was going too crazy, I couldn't stop.”

KWL:
Do you guys always see yourself being involved in music? Where do you see it taking you?


Zack:
I'm definitely planning on always doing music. I'm going to college for music stuff, for performance. Music's just in my blood. I feel like Frank would say the same thing.

Frank:
Yeah, I would say for me, it is more like art form, I would say. I like doing creative things. I love to paint trash art stuff. I love using hot glue and scissors and like old toilet paper things. I love making little things.

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