in September of ’06 Sean and Jonny met each other after both attending a local
party. Through out the night they chatted and realized they both played guitar
and really wanted some more people to jam with They started playing together
and noticed we had good chemistry, and thought we should come back next week
with more people.
Sean brought his friend along
who played bass among other instruments, and Jonny brought his friend, who
thought he could play drums. He couldn't. He sucked. So we moved his incompetence
to the bass guitar and our bassist became the drummer.
Everyone had different genres
that we liked, so we had a huge variety of songs to start playing from. All of
which were covers of course, we still had to get a feel for what we were
capable of. Some of these songs included: Million Miles Away by The Offspring,
Are You Gonna Be My Girl by Jet, Right Now by SR-71, Kryptonite by Three Doors
Down, and Paper Wings by Rise Against.
After band practices every
weekend at Jonny’s house, a few of our friends were having parties and asked us
to be the entertainment that evening. When coming up with band's name, we had
some awful ideas: Superband, Paraplex, Lunar Snake, and Harman Harmonics.
Fucking LUNAR SNAKE. Awful. We stuck with Superband for a while until Jonny got
a T-Shirt that said “Wingman”. Then it was settled, we were The Wingmen.
After a few shows, Sean and
Jonny got fed up one day with playing others' bands music. And by fed up I mean
Jonny got into a car crash and wrote The Wingmen's first song: Wishboned,
though it was not heard for a very long time. Then CJ got jealous of Jonny
writing a song, so he read Ryan's T-shirt, and made another song, Brainless
Originally, Jonny and Sean
were switching off vocals, and since we decided our band was turning into a
real project, they decided it was time for a real singer, so we adopted Matt
from the sad puppy foundation. Later Brittney Baire would be found to be his
When the band went off to
college, Sean and Jonny got together online and wrote some more songs; namely:
Splash, Our Number One Fan, and Better Off with a Drum Machine.
After we wrote a few songs
over the semester, we came back for a reunion tour, Wingin' It! Our band’s
ex-girlfriend , Stefanie volunteered to video tape our shows so we could release
our backyard bash parties on DVD. But during the summer, Matt never showed up
to band practices, and everyone started doubting his abilities. We were also
playing every week at Tijuana Taxi Co. and had a regular crowd. After realizing
Sean could sing we decided to kick Matt out of the band, because of his
attendance issues. So in our frustration, and as a group effort and band
decision, we kicked matt out in a totally personalized message on Facebook.
After Matt was kicked out, Sean
and Jonny really wanted to make this band work, and decided it was time to get
serious. The first step we had to do was to network our band better. Since we
had three recordings we had done previously with Matt, we made a Facebook and
MySpace page, which we update and check daily. With Sean as the vocalist now,
attendance was not an issue, and progress could be made.
Over the fall semester, Sean
and Jonny took the initiative to make songs every week for months straight.
Somewhere in the middle we had to draw a line with the number of songs being
written. A couple of weeks before Winter Break, we stopped writing music and
practiced the 16 songs we decided would be on our first album.