Artist: The Days We Don’t
EP: Counting Sheep
Released : March 2016
The Days We Don’t is a Kent-based independent alternative English rock band, . Having formed in a school basement in 2013, the band started off as a 4-piece, later bringing in a lead guitar for their debut EP ‘Noise Complaint’, which was released in February 2015.
Today I am sharing the music from The Days We Don’t and an interview which you can find further down this page. They are a band who create a really enjoyable and exciting atmosphere with their live performances. The Days We Don’t demonstrate influences from the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Arctic Monkeys and Royal Blood. After releasing their debut EP “Noise Complaint” in February 2015, they followed up with their second EP “Counting Sheep” which was released just over a year later in March 2016. “Counting Sheep” seems to showcase their fans with what they have been up to. They gathered a number of the songs they had written with the completed line-up since the release of their debut EP. I believe there are a lot more to come from the boys.
“Darkest Hour” is the first song they ever wrote as a band, though only released this year after it had been tried and tested so many times, re-written with different arrangements, and passed through a whole host of genres. This ballad type of song is quite emotional and it is a great contrast to their other songs.
“Bored Games” is the lead single to the EP. This edgy track gives great post punk vibes.
I must mention “Emily”. It was released in April 2016 with a lyric video, though this is one of their singles from the debut EP “Noise Complaint”. This song is up-tempo alternative rock with attitude, which represents The Days We Don’t well.
They have a great website which contains everything you need. I recommend you to visit the site.
Now, I hope you enjoy the interview with the lead vocalist Matt. Here it is;
Hello, The Days We Don’t! First of all, can you introduce yourselves?
Well we’re made up of 5 members: I’m Matt and I’m vocalist, then we have Henry and Jamie, our two guitarists, Adam who plays Bass, and our drummer Rudd. Myself, Henry and Adam have been in it since we formed in 2013, and the others have joined in the last 12 months.
Could you tell us how you all met up and became a band?
Well Henry, Adam and I, as well as our former drummer, also called Matt started jamming together at school when we were 16, and from there we progressed to writing our own material, most of which was terrible at the start haha. Our mate Dom joined as a second guitarist, and from there we went on to put out our debut EP ‘Noise Complaint’ and began getting regular gigs all over the place. When Uni came around for a few of us, Dom and Matt stepped down and now we have the new line-up.
How did you decide on The Days We Don’t as your band name? It’s such a unique name!
It would have been really nice to be able to produce a witty or meaningful story about our name, but the simple fact is it doesn’t mean anything at all! We were just throwing names at each other and arguing about it until Henry said it, and none of us argued with it so ‘Boom’ there you have it. I won’t lie, but I’ve made up a lot of reasons, all of which have been totally made up!
Oh I’m slightly disappointed by that now haha. Anyway it’s still unique! Who are your influences? Does everyone listen to similar music and bands?
I think there’s a fair bit of common ground in our music tastes (Arctic Monkeys & Queens of the Stoneage in particular) and I think some of that comes across in some our music. But then again, we’re all into a massive range of genres, from metal, to world-music, to pop-punk, to prog-rock. My favourite band at the moment has to be Marmozets, but I know for a fact the others would all put forward a wide range of artists.
How do you go about writing your songs?
Jamming. It’s all well and good being able to sit down at a piano, or grab a guitar and write a decent melody, but until we’re throwing ideas at each other, and bollocking each other when someone (usually Henry) doesn’t stop making too much noise, it’s not OUR song. We love being able to write as a group, and it’s one of the most exciting things to be able to do as a band.
“Emily” from your debut EP “Noise Complaint” is probably the song which represents the band well most. How would you describe “Emily”?
I think Emily, both in its lyrics and how upbeat it is, sort of sums up what it’s like to be in a band, especially when we were younger and still at school. You’d get your mates taking the piss from time to time, and no one taking us that seriously, but then we’d jump up on stage and people would be loving it.
You had an exciting and interesting year this year. What has been the highlight so far?
The biggest moment of our year has to be our gig in Berlin at the GBOB World Final. GBOB (Global Battle of the Bands) is a competition designed to be the ‘Eurovision’ for Indie Bands, and luckily for us, we managed to secure the nomination for the UK for this year’s event. 3 of us flew to Berlin, while myself, Adam and our mate Harry drove all the way from Kent. 5 hours in non-moving traffic and sleeping in a lay-by on route were worth it, for sure! We played our tracks Emily and Darkest Hour, and came 2nd in the public vote!!
That’s awesome! It must be a very special memory for you. Well, any shows coming up?
We don’t have anything confirmed at the moment, but we’re looking into the possibility of touring next year. You never know, we might be able to slot in a couple of shows before the new year!!
I think I heard that you were preparing for some new music. Can you tell us about it?
We are indeed – the plan is to hit the studio both at Christmas, and then again sometime around April, to record what we hope will become our debut album! We’ve already debuted a couple of tracks at some shows, and both ‘A Bomb Named Peace’, and ‘Comfortable in Vain’ have been met with really good feedback. A band called Manchester Orchestra had a brilliant idea surrounding their release of the most recent album ‘Cope’, which was to release an entirely acoustic version called ‘Hope’ – I think you could see a similar thing from us next year.
I can’t wait to hear all the songs! Is there anything you would like to say?
Only that to anyone and everyone who’s come along to a show, bought a CD, downloaded a track, or helped us in any way, we’re really thankful to you all, and we hope the coming 12 months are really big in our career, and also, please make sure that you support your local music scene, because without support, talent gets missed and opportunities disappear!
Thank you for your time, and good luck!
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