People ask us why we chose Uruguay as our band name. We are two small town kids from the states who wander into each other’s lives. Still, we feel that Uruguay fits us more perfectly than any other name.
We initially moved to NYC for different reasons. Ben was developing his own music career as an electronic producer, and Stepha was modeling professionally. However, we vastly underestimated the realities of the city and were immediately cheated out of our savings and left homeless. This forced us to work extreme hours to make ends meet and find a place to live. One day, we stumbled into our neighborhood bakery on Frederick Douglas and 117th. The woman behind the counter took a liking to us and gave us something to eat.
Coming to see this angelic woman in the mornings quickly became a tradition that helped us get through the exhaustive work days. After weeks, we finally asked her where she was from . . . She answered: “Uruguay”.
We didn’t form our band until a year later, we started to get our bearings on the city and weren’t struggling as much anymore. We had forgotten those early days of uncertainty and hunger.
It was a sunny day in late summer and we were headed to the beach when we started talking about a band name. We mulled over a few . . .But something about feeling the slow rock of the train while the sun washed the city in a faded blue/gold haze made “Uruguay” come to mind. Since then, we went back to the corner bakery to tell the woman just how much she meant to us and our band. But sadly there were no remnants left. The bakery had since shut down and was replaced by a commercial real estate firm.
Our name is what was left. It is a symbol of our beginnings and the wonderful people who have and are helping us along the way. We can only hope that through our success we’ll be able help someone else the way that she helped us.