Six Days, Six Tracks: An Interview with Sad Vegan

Bailey Blanton constantly asked Sydney Hicks to play music together. Blanton, a guitarist since age seven, knew of the guitar Hicks got for her 12th birthday and how her infatuation with the instrument was just the kind of dedication he wanted in a bandmate. After years of asking, Hicks finally gave in.

Their pop-punk quintet Sad Vegan started as an acoustic group before morphing into the sound heard on their debut EP Another Life, Another Day. The sound stems from a variety of influences and takes on the pop-punk world with a twist. “It’s not about emulating an exact genre, but creating something new,” Hicks said. “It’s always funny to look back on a song and say, ‘Oh, I can totally see who/what influenced that’. The genre is always more of an afterthought.”

“I think it’s extremely important to take inspiration from the best of every genre so that’s been a huge contributing factor in how we write,” Blanton adds.

The EP was created in six days at The Panda Studios in Fremont, California. A reoccurring theme spoken throughout each track deals with the different forms of egotism and learning to deal with major life events. Whether it be tracks like “One Step” - an exceptional jam about confronting your own ego - to “Talk Sick, Toxic” - an equally exceptional jam about finding the way out of a toxic relationship - each one bleeds a mix of relatable topics and multi-genre vibes.

The title comes from the idea of not being afraid to admit what you want but not having the means to go about achieving it. It’s about wanting something better, whether that be a small or big something, but not being able to achieve that based on current situations. This record is for anyone who has faced a similar situation or who anyone currently facing that situation and looking for a way out. 

“I want anyone who listens to this album to know that we are being honest with them,” Hicks said. “There are a lot of things in life that we are not going to be proud of, but at the end of the day we have to lay down at night and go, “O.K., this is who I am and this is what I’m doing… Am I happy with that?”. We can’t and shouldn’t hide from ourselves. You can bet that if I screw up, you’re going to hear about it on this record and those to come.”