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Upcoming EP will be released at the end of this summer following by big gigs

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 26 June, 2016 - Despite growing up in the desert town of Tucson, Arizona brothers Matt Babers, Chris Babers and their childhood friend Brandon Martin are dedicated surfers who make up the band Steal Away.

This group froths a bit more than your standard band-with-members-who-just-happen-to-surf (hello Coldplay). This crew is driven. They’ve been lifeguards and have spent as much time travelling for surf as they have for gigs. Along with love for Weezer they profess their affection for the global oceanic community and environment as easily as they do for both Andy Irons and Occy.

What is that you do professionally that you are most proud of?

I think it's pretty easy to describe what we do. We're rockstars! haha. I think even most kids can understand that one, I know we all certainly did when we were young, and we never got over it. When I was in 2nd grade I built a drum set out of different sized shoeboxes to act as the different drums, and used a pie tin as a cymbal. I've been banging on tables and walls and desks for as long as I can remember, and I think for all of us, the fact that we do what we'd always dreamed of as kids professionally is the thing we're the most proud of in that aspect.

What are you currently working on that you’re really excited about?

Right now we we've just finished up our EP that will be released at the end of this summer on iTunes, Spotify and everywhere else, as well as keeping busy playing shows around our hometown of San Diego. We have a couple big dates lined up for July at The House of Blues and some others to be announced soon as well.

 

 

 

Tell us what has been your biggest mistake?

I think the biggest mistake any of us had ever made over the years has been listening to what anyone else had to say in any regard, but especially with our music. Every artist has such a hard time finding their voice at the beginning, and having the confidence to explore your music and your sound is tough, especially when someone, somewhere, always has something to say. Luckily for us the majority of the people in our lives have always been more than supportive, but there's always a few naysayers, and for whatever reason those people always seem the loudest. It takes a little bit of time to realize that you just need to make the music you want to make, and do the things you want to do, the way you want to do them, and not worry about anyone else.

What did you learn from that mistake?

I think once we realized we just need to focus on ourselves and what we want to do, the lesson is pretty quickly learned. Not everybody has your eyes, so how can you expect them to see your vision? All you have to do is smile and nod, and keep going down the path that's right for you!

Share with us your biggest Rocky Balboa moment (you know, punching meat in a freezer then running up the steps of City Hall with your own special theme music blaring.)

Well, when we first moved out here, one of the very first shows we played was in the Voodoo Lounge at The House of Blues here in San Diego. Growing up and being into music, everyone knows The House of Blues, and even being able to play the smaller stage upstairs was awesome for us. That was almost 3 years ago now, and coming up this summer we're going to be performing on the main stage there for the second time. Being able to make that jump in a pretty short amount of time has been pretty awesome, and you definitely feel like Rocky when you step out under those lights. It's just such a legendary venue and to get to step on the same stage where some of your favorite artists have played before you is a pretty epic feeling when you look back on where it all started.

 

If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing? Selling shoes?

If we weren't doing this, I think we'd still be doing this, in one way or another. We obviously didn't start as professional musicians. Right now we're still working our jobs as lifeguards and surf instructors, and if nothing ever happened career wise, with all of this, I think we'd all still be playing and writing songs and jamming just like we always have, just for ourselves. It's amazing that it's starting to take off and that people are into our music, that's always been our dream, but at the same time, no one can take away what your own music means to you, and that feeling is what we'd be after no matter what.

OK, you get to drop into five moments in history – surf or otherwise. Please name them and why.

The collective favorite in our household is the King, Andy Irons, so the number one moment for us would probably have to be the perfect 10 he dropped on Kelly Slater at the last second to win the Pipe Masters. Everyone's seen the clip, and it's probably one of the most epic moments in surf history; to be there would be insane. Being a cameraman in the water or even on the beach would probably be the coolest thing of all time! Or maybe being there for his win at that secret wave in Mexico for The Search. Followed by that, in no particular order would probably be any event on Occy's comeback world title run, maybe John John smoking JOB at the last second of the Volcom Pipe Pro a few years ago, and even though it's not surf related, I'd probably have to waste the last two time traveling trips on a Led Zeppelin concert at either Madison Square Garden, or Royal Albert Hall, or maybe Queen at Wembley Stadium. Or The Eagles back when they we're killing it. So many epic moments in history, both surf related and otherwise, that's a pretty tough question!

 

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