Founded in San Bernardino in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Hayds is an American rock band who draws some of their inspiration from their Mexican roots.
Josh Muñoz, the band’s lead singer, lead guitarist, and lyric composer, is a CSUSB alumni who majored in English and graduated in 2020.
Muñoz has been in contact with CSUSB Coyote Radio to play their music.
“If our first song were to go somewhere, it would be on Coyote Radio,” said Dyllan Gonzalez.
Gonzalez plays the guitar and promotes the band on social media. He is a former CSUSB junior student majoring in business management.
“There’s a special connection with CSUSB. If they were to play our music, that would be a story,” said Gonzalez.
CSUSB communication studies lecturer, Penny Drake-Green, stated, “The Coyote Radio welcomes all local bands to play their music. As long as it’s good music, we love to play it.”
The Hayds released their first song this year, on March 5, in an acoustic version. The track is titled “Double Thinking.”
“Fans were eagerly asking for it, and by the end of summer 2021, the studio version will be released,” Muñoz shared.
The song can be found on YouTube, SoundCloud and Bandcamp, and the studio version will be available on Spotify and iTunes.
“We want a studio-produced song to be our first song in iTunes, Spotify, and any other major platforms,” stated Muñoz.
By the end of Spring 2021, their next song, “Bora,” will be released.
By the end of 2021 and beginning of 2022, they are working on a project to release a bundle of songs either on an EP or album.
When the band first started in September 2020, it only had a few hundred followers. Now the number has increased to over 1,800 followers.
“A huge shout out to our supporters. Without their support, it wouldn’t be possible,” Gonzalez said.
One of the problems the band encountered, due to COVID-19, was when their drummer – Bobby Munguia – had to quarantine himself away from the band.
“Two of my family members had COVID so I had to stay home for a while, that was definitely a time of great struggle,” said Munguia.
Munguia started playing drums for the band last November. “It came natural to me,” said Munguia.
Muñoz added, “The first time we had Bobby play with us, he played a few of our songs pretty well. It was kind of weird. We’re just like, wow, this is coming off pretty quickly.”
Isaac Navarro has been the bassist for The Hayds since the beginning of 2021. He was in band all throughout high school playing multiple instruments, such as bass guitar, cello, and trumpet. Navarro’s inspiration comes from the late 90’s rock and the LA ska scene, such as Sublime.
“Starting a band in the middle of a pandemic was really weird,” said Gonzalez. “With the industry being closed and venues closed down, there was not much to do to promote our band but to use social media,” Gonzalez shared.
COVID-19 was a time of reveal for The Hayds. Muñoz stated, “It revealed to us the sign of the times; like this is it. It’s our time to be known.”
COVID-19 restrictions did not impede the band from getting together via zoom calls and outdoor practices, all while maintaining social distancing.
The band is also planning on playing Spanish rock music in the future to incorporate their central Mexican heritage.
Merchandise is another project they are working on. “Stickers, pins and other accessories is what we will have for now,” stated Muñoz. “In the near future though, expect T-shirts and possibly jackets, keychains, lighters.”
The Hayds also want to give back to their followers and fans in the form of giveaways. “When we had nothing, all these people gave us their support. We’re for sure going to be having some giveaways,” said Gonzalez.