Third Outing are pleased to introduce Winnipeg's very own NAYSA. Check out what the guys had to say for themselves concerning their new music video Are You Lonely, the importance of mental health and music, as well as the stories the normal music magazines don't ask for. Following that comes the 3rd Opinion as written by Steffen Armstrong. Stay tuned music fans, because here's the N to A of NAYSA...
In one sentence: More. House. Parties.
Naysa right now is four people who play emotionally charged music. Together we write music that is fun to play and to hear. The lyrics are sometimes fun, but often quite dark. We hope people people can hear our music and relate to what we sing and not have to feel so alone in this world. That there's others who fight with mental health and it's not just their own to struggle.
To counter being lonely just be the best you can be, try to stay happy and make better and positive decisions. Keep yourself surrounded by good people who love you. And always love them back don't push them away like you may have so many times in the past.
We played a gig in Edmonton one time with some great bands like Power Buddies from Edmonton and Dead Soft from Vancouver. We were at this venue called DV8 which happened to share a back lane with another bar. We were all sitting in the van having a beer after the set when one of the bartenders from the other bar came out and gave us a 24 of Corona. We all got fairly drunk and decided to go to a party with said bartender. We were just about to get there when our van broke down heading up a fairly steep hill. We had to be in Saskatoon the next day so we decided not to go to the party and just call CAA instead so we could get towed to a garage and get our van fixed in the morning so we could make the next show. CAA took about 4 hours to get to us, so naturally we drank all the beers the bartender had given to us. Finally CAA gets there and tows us to a shop. We all set our alarms for 7AM the next day so we could get up and get the van fixed but naturally in our hungover slumber we all slept in till about noon. In a last ditch effort Grant slams the key in the ignition and BOOM!...the van starts up like a beauty. We drive like madmen across two provinces and make the show on time. No harm, no foul baby.
3rd Opinion: Love hearts cover the new video Are You Lonely by the wonder of Winnipeg's very own NAYSA. That's fitting. Talking to the group, a few things come up. One, that this is a band who take being a band very seriously. It's all about the dynamics of the group. Both between each other, and within their music.
It doesn't take a degree to look deep into the subject matter of a lot of NAYSA's tracks. Mental health is one theme. Depression is another related. Indeed, as they state, it is "emotionally charged music", but we find that it is dealt with a smart sensitivity, clearly and transparently directing the ambitions behind it. This isn't just ill-placed rash thrash music revolving around difficult themes. This is about confrontation through music and NAYSA do it very well. You need look no further than the groups 2014 EP release Losing Weight to realise this;
Yeah it’s so crazy
How I'm feeling lately
My head is racing
And I’m slowly breaking down
The themes are all there, portrayed so honestly, and with such sensitivity. It's not music that makes you feel sorry for the musician behind it. There's no pity there. You just kind of nod along with it, absorb it, and appreciate the honesty behind it. For this reason, the 2014 EP release stands out beyond most other groups who tackle the themes of mental health, depression and loneliness. I Need You is a good example of this; Give me something to look forward to, I'm so blue, I need you. The words kill you but the tune itself has phenomenal bounce. What a way to execute such feelings. It's like a juxtaposition of feelings within music which hasn't been seen in this kind of Rock'n'Roll since the really messed up heroes of ours, say BJM for example.