Why change names?
Here's The Reason
By Dale Wyatt
|THIS IS THE YOUTH
GONE WILD. The Reason singer Adam White releases some pent-up rage
the only way he knows how.
Adam White, frontman
of The Reason (formerly known as Sewing With Nancie), has some good advice
for other indie bands: "Don't jump on the first boat that comes your
The band recently changed their name, and White admits the decision was
a little forced.
"It was a mix of us having to and wanting to. We were put in a position
where we could get sued if [old labels] wanted to be dicks. The other
reason is our sound has changed so much we have grown out of the
old Sewing With Nancie," White says.
Not only did they leave their name behind, but they also parted ways with
American label Fast Music.
"It was a pretty friendly break-up from Fast Music. It just wasn't
working. We weren't putting out another record on their label so we were
But Sewing fans need not fret: White says they still play some old favourites
at every show.
"We only took the [songs] we can still get into about six
songs for now. [But] those will most likely slowly get retired over time."
White admits he was nervous about the changes, but the initial reaction
has been positive.
"This tour has surprised people. It has been really good. We thought
people might not listen to us, but this tour has been the best one so
far. People are really surprised, and after the show, they keep coming
up to us and telling us they like it more."
One positive aspect of the name change is that people may take the band
more seriously now than they did when they were called Sewing With Nancie,
"We wanted a name we didn't have to explain and that doesn't sound
dumb like SWN. Now there is no more telling the dumb story [of how we
got our name] from when we were 14. It's more serious and reflects us
and our music more," White says. "You can only get so serious
as SWN. You almost feel like a joke."
Although the band is between labels, they hooked up with Lonely Tree Records
to release a new six-song EP called Problems Associated With Running.
The band plans to release a full-length in the fall on an undisclosed
The change has thankfully been a positive one, though White has learned
a valuable lesson:
"It is all just a big learning experience. You have to be prepared
to get fucked over, but never drop your work ethic just because you think
you have someone there helping you. You always have to keep working hard."
The Reason are playing with Not By Choice and Ruth's Hat tonight at
Call the Office. Tickets are $10 at the door.