MP3 The Days - Great Big World
Pop in The Days’ debut disc Great Big World and settle into the meaty melodies, glowing harmonies, power pop pleasantries and acoustic intricacies.
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ROCK: Modern Rock, POP: Beatles-pop
The Days Great Big World
Jordan Stacey- vocals, guitar, harmonica
Evan Holmes- vocals, guitar
Danny Rudnick- bass
Sumner Truax- keyboards, sax
Julian Stacey- drums, percussion, vocals, guitar
Pop in The Days’ debut disc Great Big World and settle into the meaty melodies, glowing harmonies, power pop pleasantries and acoustic intricacies. As the organic expressions and brutally honest sentiments settle into one’s psyche, it’s impossible not to recognize elements of the rock’s British Invasion forefathers mixed with some of Chicago’s most beloved indie rockers and the fivesome’s own individualistic twists. From the Beatles to the Redwalls to Wilco and Neil Young, expect purebred harmonies with an earthy undercurrent to permeate the air, stitched together by the ultimate equilibrium of artistry and accessibility.
“All of us have had family members who are musical,” muses the band’s backbeat keeper Julian Stacey, “so between that and all of our individual loves for music, we’ve come up with a lot of different angles.”
“And the fact that our friendships are pretty tight allow us to play off one another and be incredibly productive,” continues switch hitting ivory pounder and brass man Sumner Truax. “We go to parties together, hang out a lot and spend a ton of time being creative, so that all brings us closer, we read each other better and we in turn play better.”
Such a synthesis formed just over three years ago when these classmates turned collaborators began The Tribe. Following some refinement throughout local inroads and playing at more prominent places, the guys (who are all remarkably still in high school) morphed into The Days by 2003. After gracing the stage at famed venues like the Metro, Abbey Pub and Old Town School of Folk Music (which has since become a regular stomping ground) the troupe began writing and demoing material for the debut disc and set up shop for several meticulous months at their self-owned River Bend Studios under the direction of producer/manager Chris Stacey and producer/engineer Jeff Oliver.
“One of the things we were looking for in a name was something that was almost empty sounding so that we could instead fill people’s minds with music,” explains bass rumbler Danny Rudnick of the switch. “We looked at it from different points of view and finally decided that The Days is whatever you are and want it to be. It can evoke a happy feeling, talk about an experience or be about whatever you did on a particular day.”
These days the group is hitting the concert scene hard in support of Great Big World and earning favored industry attention in all corners. From early reception at radio to positive reactions in the press and a swelling fan base, The Days are definitely onto something.
“This band is a real songwriter’s heaven where everyone has equal input and can present whatever they want to the group and we’ll listen to it, quite often jumping on board right away,” reveals singer/guitarist Jordan Stacey. “Evan and I write a lot of the lyrics, though Julian’s been adding his in as of late. After someone presents a song, Danny settles into a bass note, Sumner gets into his groove- he’s by far the most versatile- and then we flesh the rest out with a guitar riff, a piano part or a drum fill. By two or three practices, we always have a sound down and it’s always interesting to hear the differences between rehearsal, the stage and the record.”
Some standouts on the ten-track disc include the booming “Original Boy,” the infectious “Uh Oh” and the relatable “Song For a Girl I Know.” Other highlights include the moving “Falling Down” and moody melodics of “Killing Time”.
“We go for a more intellectual outlook rather than dealing with the same old messy issues a lot of bands our age are talking about,” sums up vocalist/guitarist Evan Holmes. “We still have a lot of fun with the songs and sing about issues- especially relationship issues- that anyone can relate to. But I think we grew up with a really healthy respect for music in general that we want The Days to sound solid in addition to saying something profound.”