09/12/18 - ALBANY BAND TO HOST CONCERT, VIDEO SHOOT SATURDAY
ALBANY — Local band Days to Come is holding a video shoot and exclusive performance with special guest 4 Daze Dead on Saturday. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 10 p.m. There is no cover cost or entrance fee.
Days to Come play a style of rock reminiscent of the late 1990s and early 2000s with a sound that would appeal to fans of Avenged Sevenfold, 10 Years and Shinedown, with emotional lyrics about self, internal struggle and expression that fits the style of music.
Days to Come, an Albany-based band, has opened for such rockers as Saliva and Skillet and his toured extensively across the Southeast. The band performed with Skillet at Wild Adventures Theme Park in August.
“(Performing at Wild Adventures) was great. The side stage is outside and lends itself to a pretty intimate setting for the audience,” Justin Goodson, vocalist and guitarist for Days to Come, said. “It was so wonderful to see so many of our fans and also meet some brand new people. Definitely enjoyed connecting with Skillet as well.”
Days to Come drummer Jalen Hall added, “It was awesome. It’s always so much fun connecting with our audience and hearing them sing our songs.”
The group’s debut EP, “The Art of Survival,” is available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Music and Spotify, but the video shoot is for the band’s new single, “Siren,” and to promote a new EP. Days to Come are in the process of preparing their new album and will be shooting several videos throughout September.
“We’re always trying to think of new and creative ways to engage with our fans, and we’re thankful that we’ve had a bunch of support surrounding this show,” Brandon Rix, the band’s lead guitarist, said. “As soon as we announced we were going to shoot a video at the show, we got a large response.”
The band features members Goodson, Hall and Rix, as well as bassist Taylor Hartley.
The show and video shoot will take place at The Ozone, located at 426 Cordele Road in Albany. - Gypsy Crow
06/29/18 - BEHIND YOUR DESTINATION - NIGHT OUT AT THE SEABREEZE ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT "DELLACOMA"
Thursday's are usually reserved for quiet time before the weekend here at Behind Daytona. However while driving my late night UBER shift a request came through from "Mark" on Seabreeze it was 3AM. I knew who I was picking up, and chuckled. Mark Rosenthal, a friend now manages the strip of the Seabreeze Entertainment district.
Mark informed me that Thursday night this past week was going to be packed with great music, he didn't lie.
5 Time Shag, Pulp Free Fiction, Michael Makepeace, Dellacoma and Days to Come.
He was absolutely correct.
Lets start with 5 Time Shag a popular Local Band fronted by Scotty and backed up by incredible musicians Giullio, Eric and Patsy on the Kit, the smallest drum kit we have seen with the largest sound you ever heard.
Next up at what I call Ricks Incubator, "The Patio" was Pulp Free Fiction. A new young band about to break out and hit the muzic scene here in Daytona.
You could smell the Ganja coming out of the notes played by the guitar, just hot.
Ok so this was then followed by the Band "Days to Come" out of Albany Georgia. Hard driving rock led by vocalist Justin Goodson. The presence on stage is raw, biting and something we have not seen here in Daytona for some time. They have opened for some great bands including Saliva who are set to appear at Main Street Station Labor Day.
The headliner this night was "Delacoma"
This was just kick ass stuff as the band features the former guitarist from Shinedown, Justin Todd and on the Drums and Keyboards Jarrod Medwin a consumate proffesional.
The performance was just what you would hope for. Loud, Tight, Driving, Energetic and Deep.
The Rok Bar and the Entertainment that comes out of it has come of age.
I look forward to years of great music.
Thanks and hats off to Mark Rosenthal and Richard Kitt great supporters of local Live Music. - Jeff Stolowitz
05/10/18 - ALBANY HERALD - SECOND ANNUAL FALLEN TREE FESTIVAL SET FOR MAY 19
ALBANY - Spawned amid recovery and rebuilding efforts in the wake of the January 2017 storms that left many Albany families displaced from damaged homes and downed trees, the second annual Fallen Tree Festival is set to return to Albany on May 19 to celebrate volunteerism and raise money for charity.
Originally conceived to “celebrate” the massive community volunteer efforts during last year’s storm cleanup, and to bolster future rebuilding projects, the festival’s successful first year guaranteed its return.
“Well we started this thing to celebrate the spirit of volunteerism which really showed itself after the storms last year,” festival organizer Stacy Odom-Driggers said. “The festival, like last year will be at Sunnyland Roofing Supplies next Austin’s Firegrill on Old Dawson Road on May 19. All proceeds are going to benefit the Albany Area Fuller Center.”
The Albany Area Fuller Center is a non-profit organization that assists homeowners with repairs to improve the existing housing stock and quality of life for residents in Albany.
The organization’s website said its officials “seek out and promote collaborative and innovative partnerships in a quest to assure that all people in need in the Albany area have adequate shelter.”
Odom-Driggers said raising money is important, but hopefully, she said, the festival will shine a light on volunteerism and how important it can be for a community like Albany.
“It was amazing to see so many people and organizations coming together last year, we hope to continue promoting that community spirit this year,” she said.
The festival will feature some of Albany’s rockers, including Cut ‘N’ Run and Days to Come.
“We are very excited to be a part of the second Fallen Tree Festival,” Days to Come frontman Justin Goodson said. “This festival really helped to raise money for the families affected by last year’s tornadoes, which is exactly the thing that we like to be a part of. Our music is heavy, but our goal is to encourage, motivate and inspire, bringing a positive message to people.
“You know, normally when you are listening to rock music, the message is less than positive, but we definitely enjoy the genre, the heaviness of it. So, we are all about just trying to encourage and motivate, which is exactly what the Fallen Tree Festival is all about.”
For more information, visit Fallen Tree Festival on Facebook or call (229) 343-4393. - Jon Gosa
04/10/18 - ALBANY HERALD - DAYS TO COME WORK HARD TO EARN FANS' SUPPORT
ALBANY — Most casual musicians — even the good ones — start playing with dreams of superstardom and untold riches dancing in their heads.
The Albany rock band Days to Come are not most musicians. Nor or they casual in their approach to playing.
So when frontman/guitarist Justin Goodson assures fans that Days to Come are in it for the long haul, he’s not spouting Cliche No. 32 from the rock star handbook.
“The way I’ve always looked at it is ‘The faster the rise, the faster the fall,’” Goodson said Sunday after rehearsing for a service at his church. (Yes, the malevolent-sounding voice that melts young girls’ hearts — sorry, ladies, [Justin's] a hard-core family man — and stirs up adrenaline in all the young dudes belongs to a devoutly spiritual man.)
“We’ve been playing together in this band since 2014, and in that time I’ve seen about 20 (local) bands come and go. That’s usually because those bands weren’t built on strong foundations. We’ve been at this for four years, building one fan at a time, and I figure we’ve got a good six to seven years of work to put in before we’ll be able to do this full-time. That’s OK. We’re committed to what we’re doing.”
Days to Come — Goodson, lead guitarist Brandon Rix, bassist Taylor Hartley and drummer Jesse Ivey — have indeed slowly built their following, developing a reputation among rock music fans and music business insiders as a band that’s about much more than the cliched sex and drugs and rock and roll. It’s that reputation that has fans clamoring for new music, new merch and a tour schedule so that they don’t miss a show.
And it’s that reputation on the business side of the ledger that has promoters and agents booking Days to Come to play opening sets for their established acts. The Albany band shared the stage with Skillet, Alter Bridge and Saliva last year and have been recruited to open for Southern alt rock heroes 3 Doors Down at Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta on May 12.
“I was talking with the talent buyer at Wild Adventures about another show that he was involved in, and he hit me out of the blue with, ‘You guys want to come play with 3 Doors Down in May?’” Goodson said. “That was cool on a couple of levels. First, it was cool that he remembered us from playing with Skillet (for whom Days to Come have been asked to play with again this year).
“But to get the chance to play with a band like 3 Doors Down? Man, I have no doubts that the show is gonna be a ton of fun.”
The other members of Days to Come share Goodson’s enthusiasm.
“I remember seeing 3 Doors Down back in 2003,” Hartley said. “They had an amazing stage show then. Can’t wait to connect with them in May.”
Added Rix: “I love playing shows with my guys in Days. This is definitely another show that we’ll be able to look back on and be proud of. Looking forward to going back to Wild Adventures.”
Days to Come have already played a couple of high-profile shows this year, opening for Otherwise and Wayland at Atlanta’s Masquerade and playing a second show at Macon’s Cherry Blossom Festival.
“It was a pleasure opening for Otherwise and Wayland,” Ivey said of the Masquerade show. “It was awesome to be able to connect and hang out with them for a bit after the show.”
For Goodson, any gig at Masquerade is an opportunity he relishes.
“I think that’s my favorite venue in all of Georgia,” he said. “It’s a true concert venue, not something else where bands just happen to play. The staff is very professional; it’s just an awesome place.”
This year’s Cherry Blossom gig was also a little different for the band than last year’s performance.
“Last year, we had a spoken-word artist on before us and an a capella group after,” Goodson said. “I don’t think they quite knew what we were. But it was much better this year, plus I got to take my wife and young son. It was cool to just hang out and do other things when we weren’t playing.”
The irony of Days to Come’s in-demand status isn’t lost on the band. The group decided to cut back on touring so that it could focus on studio work.
“Yeah, we try to do around 50 shows a year, but we decided to cut back to work on our album,” Goodson said. “I guess that’s the way it works. We decide to cut back, now we’re getting all these requests to play. Not a bad trade-off, though.”
Days to Come will play at the [JBG] Rock Fest at St. George Island in Florida on May 5. And there’s also that anticipated album that’s always on the band’s collective mind.
“Hey, the reality is, we all have day jobs, and it’s tough to schedule studio time,” Goodson said. “We worked on the album for a while last year, but we ran out of money. So we’re having to do shows to raise money for studio time.
“But I believe we’ll be able to finish the album this year. What we want to do, though, is make sure we have videos to release with the songs. We want to do it right. That, I believe is what will separate us from the ‘hobby bands.’”
Until the Days to Come album is complete, that growing group of fans will have to get by on the band’s EP, “Subsist | The Art Of Survival.” And follow the quartet’s exploits on their website, daystocomemusic.com.
“Man, we’ve got a long way to go yet, but it’s so overwhelming to think that we have real fans out there, people who stay in touch with us on Facebook and want to know when we have new merch and when we’re going to play a show near them,” Goodson said. “We’re definitely not just a local band anymore, and that’s just an amazing thing.
“But we’re going to keep working to give these fans what they want. We’ll play a show and add three or four fans, play another and add two or three more. That’s what we do, add fans one at a time. These guys in this band have sacrificed so much just to get to this point. We have to, though. I know I have to, or I wouldn’t be doing what God wants me to do with my life.” - Carlton Fletcher
03/26/18 - LOCAL MUSICIANS MEDIA - ALBANY GA LOCALS DAYS TO COME SET 3 DATES WITH AUSTRALIAN ROCKERS DELLACOMA
When it comes to dedication to the craft of music Days to come is one of the bands you want to keep an eye on. These guys have been hard at it since their inception in 2014 and have never looked back.They have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with national acts such as Skillet • Saliva • Art of Anarchy • Wayland • Bobaflex • and Otherwise. Now they are set for a 3 day run with Melbourne Australia rockers Dellacoma at the end of June starting in Daytona Florida at ROK BAR and wrapping up in Satellite Beach Florida at Wynfields.
If your in the area be sure to check these guys out , I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed. Tell them Joe from Local musicians sent you. - Joseph Hazbrock
07/04/17 - ALBANY HERALD - DAYS TO COME TO OPEN FOR ART OF ANARCHY AT MASQUERADE
ALBANY — Piece by piece, Albany rock band Days to Come keeps adding to its resume.
After landing opening slots with alternative rockers Saliva and Christian rock band Skillet this summer, Days to Come frontman Justin Goodson announced this week that the band had signed to perform as opener for former Creed frontman Scott Stapp’s new band, Art of Anarchy. That show is scheduled for July 16 at Masquerade in Atlanta.
“(This opportunity) came out of the blue,” Goodson said before leaving for a vacation trip to Hawaii. “The talent buyer at Masquerade sent us an email saying he’s kept up with the band, and he wanted to offer us the slot opening for Art of Anarchy. He said that our musical styles were similar and he felt like we would really compliment the show.
“I’m flying back in from Hawaii on the 13th, which is a Thursday, (guitarist) Brandon (Rix) and I have a show in Bainbridge on Friday, the full band plays in Jacksonville on Saturday, and then we have the show at Masquerade on Sunday. I’m going to be jet-lagged, and my wife said she’s worried that I’ll be exhausted, but I told her this is not something we can pass up.”
Albany-based Days to Come — Goodson, Rix, bassist Taylor Hartley and drummer Jesse Ivey — are touring behind their first EP, “Subsist|The Art Of Survival,” which is available at a band show, at the Days to Come website, or on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and Spotify.
If the members of Days to Come have learned nothing else in what is turning into a monumental summer for the band, they are getting more than their share of life on the road. They recently added to their road warrior status with the opening set for Saliva at Space Coast Harley Davidson in South Florida’s Palm Bay.
“It was incredible … and exhausting,” Goodson said. “We played in Tallahassee the night before and got into Palm Bay around 5:30 a.m. on (July) 1st. Load-in at the venue was scheduled for 10 a.m. We were running on fumes, but so thankful for the opportunity to open for Saliva.”
Drummer Ivey said the band jumped at the opportunity to play with the Memphis-based rockers.
“It’s still crazy to think we had the opportunity to play with Saliva. Definitely thankful!” Ivey said.
On the heels of that set comes the opportunity to play with Art of Anarchy in one of Atlanta’s premiere concert venues.
“I’m honored honestly,” Hartley said. “I grew up listening to Scott Stapp with Creed. Now my bandmates and I are getting to open for his new project. It’s an honor.”
The members of Art of Anarchy retooled after the death of original singer Scott Weiland, the former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman. The twin Votta brothers (Jon, guitar; Vince, bass); guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, late of Guns n Roses, and Disturbed bassist John Moyer accepted Stapp’s offer to replace Weiland, and the former Creed singer has gotten rave reviews for his vocals on the band’s latest album, “Madness.”
Goodson said the members of Days to Come have no expectations when it comes to swapping stories with the better-known groups they’ve opened for.
“We go in with zero expectations,” the singer said. “We go and play our set, and, yeah, it would be nice to meet and converse with these bigger bands. But this is about sharing our music. If we connect with one person at a show, it’s all worth it. Anything else that comes with it is icing on the cake.”
The Sunday show in Masquerade’s Heaven Room is an all-ages event. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8. Tickets are $10. Contact Days to Come for tickets. - Carlton Fletcher
05/20/17 - ALBANY HERALD - ALBANY ROCKERS DAYS TO COME LAND OPENING SLOTS
ALBANY — To secure a place in the often fickle music industry, talent alone is not always enough. Hard work is a given, but there also are intangibles, such as good old-fashioned luck and, sometimes, just being in the right place at the right time.
Those fated stars must align.
Several of the celestial orbs are apparently starting to move into the right orbits for Albany rock band Days to Come. In addition to an already-announced July opening slot with alternative rockers Saliva, who are no strangers to the Top 40 with hits like “Always,” “Ladies and Gentlemen,” and “Click Click Boom,” Days to Come were recently selected to open Christian rockers Skillet’s August show at Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta.
“I’m so incredibly excited for the opportunity to perform with such influential bands. Saliva and Skillet have been around and toured all over,” band vocalist/guitarist Justin Goodson said. “The shows are gonna be wild.”
Goodson said that the band, at fans’ urging, reached out to Wild Adventures officials when the Skillet show was announced. The Grammy-nominated band is known for such hits as “Monster” and “Wake Me Up.”
“They asked to hear our music, and when they did they asked for lyrics; I guess they wanted to make sure they were suitable for family audiences, which they are,” Goodson said. “You could play our music for your 5-year-old. When we sent them the lyrics, they reached back out and said we were a go.”
Bassist Taylor Hartley said he and his bandmates have a great deal of respect for the two bands they’ve been chosen to open for.
“I’m really excited that we’re getting the opportunity to open for Saliva and Skillet,” Hartley said. “I used to listen to Saliva when I was in high school, and I saw Skillet play last year and was completely blown away. Being able to play with them now is an honor.”
Goodson said Days to Come were contacted by officials with Space Coast Harley Davidson in Palm Bay, Fla., about the opening slot for Saliva.
“They’d heard us play before and called to see if we were interested in opening for Saliva,” the singer/guitarist said. “Of course, we jumped at the opportunity.”
Days to Come guitarist Brandon Rix and drummer Jesse Ivey said they, too, are looking forward to expanding the band’s fan base at such high-profile shows.
“I’m thankful for the opportunity to play with bands of such a high caliber,” Rix said. “Really looking forward to the shows.” Added Ivey: “It’s so crazy to think that we have the opportunity to play with bands like Saliva and Skillet. Definitely thankful.”
Days to Come are currently on tour, thanks in large part to tour sponsors Blind Anxiety Entertainment, Venum Vapur, Regal Wood Designs, Roberts Guitar and James Culbreth Photography. The band is working on its next record and will shoot a music video for a single from that record in the fall.
Information about the band’s tour dates is available online at daystocomemusic.com. (“We’re on all the social sites and if you look up daystocomemusic, you’ll find us.”) Days to Come’s first EP, “Subsist|The Art Of Survival,” is available at a show, on the band’s website, or on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and Spotify. - Carlton Fletcher
04/09/17 - ALBANY HERALD - DAYS TO COME GEARING UP FOR A BUSY YEAR
ALBANY — Still riding high off the success of 2016’s debut EP “Subsist | The Art of Survival,” Albany rock outfit Days to Come is not resting on its laurels. Despite a recent lineup change and a new addition to lead singer/guitarist Justin Goodson’s family, the band members say they are excited to gear up for an exciting 2017.
With a spring tour in the works and plans to release their second EP later this year, Days to Come, the rest of the year looks promising for the band. As 2016 drew to a close, that bright future looked a little uncertain with original drummer Russell Bowden making the decision to leave the group as it was poised for greater success.
On the eve of what is being dubbed the “2017 second quarter” tour, sponsored by Blind Anxiety, Venun Vapur, Regal Wood Designs, Roberts Guitar and James Culbreth Photography, Goodson and his bandmates addressed that situation and what the year has in store.
“I’ve had so many people asking me why he left or if we kicked him out and I cannot stress enough that we did not kick him out,” Goodson said. “Russell and I started talking about him possibly leaving the band last fall while we were down in Florida playing some shows.
“We all love Russell. And after many conversations, we respect his decision in stepping down. We want what’s best for each other and he felt like this was the right thing for him to do.”
Before departing, however, Bowden took the time to not only help the band find his replacement, he helped new skinman Jesse Ivey get comfortable playing the band’s songs.
“We’re incredibly fortunate that Russell was able to find Jesse and work with him to get him up to speed,” Goodson said. “We’ve been working with Jesse since the beginning of the year and we’re very excited for everyone to meet him.
“Bringing Jesse on as our drummer has sort of re-lit our flame.”
For his part, Ivey couldn’t be more excited about joining the group and says he’s looking forward to not only sharing life on the road, but what he thinks will be increased success, with his new bandmates.
“It feels bittersweet being the chosen replacement for Russell,” Ivey said. “Playing shows with the guys is a really great feeling and I feel like this is where I’m meant to be. You can really feel the energy packed within our music and I feel like it’s going to take us to higher places than ever before.
“Since I have joined Days To Come, it has been a dream come true. I’ve watched them perform a number of times, and have always been a huge fan of their music. It is so rewarding to be able to finally play a piece of music you’ve been practicing for months and feel really confident about a performance at a concert in front of hundreds of fans. I’m truly blessed to be in this band with these guys that have true talent and ambition for the music they love playing.”
Goodson also experienced a personal life-altering moment at the start of the year when he and his wife welcomed their first child in January. As much as that changed day-to-day life for the musician, he said the addition only served to strengthen his resolve to push forward with Days to Come.
“Having a son has completely changed my life,” he said. “He’s already brought so much joy and love. He encourages me to be better and do more so I can be a positive example. I want him to grow up being passionate about his goals and I want him to pursue his dreams completely.
“I’m incredibly thankful for the love and support that my wife continues to give me in my pursuits with the band. She’s been with me through it all and encourages me to continue when it becomes challenging.”
The band’s immediate challenge will be its touring schedule, which kicked off Thursday in Albany and will take them through parts of Georgia and a good portion of Florida throughout April and May, culminating with a hometown gig May 27 with fellow rockers Misplaced Shoreline at the Oglethorpe Lounge. Following that run of dates, the band will has an exciting opportunity to join renowned rock outfit Saliva in Palm Bay, Fla., on July 1.
“The new lineup is exciting and being out on the road is going to be awesome,” bassist Taylor Hartley said. “As for playing with Saliva, I’m absolutely stoked. I listened to the band in high school and I am a fan of what they do. Sharing the stage with them is another mark off my bucket list.”
“We’ve been given so many opportunities and we’re incredibly thankful to be able to get back to Palm Bay and open for Saliva,” Goodson added.
The band members are also excited about getting a change to return to Easpoint, Fla., on St. George Island to play in the JBG Rockfest the weekend of April 22-23.
“Another show that we’re just as excited for is JBG Rockfest,” Goodson said. “This will be our third year playing the festival and we’re pumped to get back town to Eastpoint and hang out with everyone..”
Following the string of live dates, the band will start polishing up and planning the release of it’s second EP, which the members hope will continue the momentum generated by their current single “Color (Of The Sun)” which has been getting a lot of airplay on area radio stations like Rock 105 out of Tifton.
“We’re currently recording and mixing out next record,” said Goodson. “We’ve grown as musicians over the past year and feel confident that this next EP will rise above ‘Subsist | The Art Of Survival.’”
With most of the music for the record written, Goodson and his bandmates say they feel the band has grown a lot since the debut and that listeners will be taken in new and exciting sonic directions.
“I think it’ll be a more mature version of ‘Subsist,’” said lead guitarist Brandon Rix. “The songs will still produce the same Days sound, but some songs will have a slightly different vibe. As we progress and continue to write music, we’ll invoke more thought and feeling into the songs to produce what we believe, is the best song.”
Despite the growth the band has experienced and its desire to broaden its range, Goodson is quick to assure fans that there will be no mistaking the fact that the new recording is a Days to Come record.
“I’ve never been a fan when bands change their entire sound one album to the next,” he said. “If I could put one word on our next record it would be ‘more.’ We would like it to be heavier, lighter, more melodic and rhythmic — just more dynamic as a whole. We would like each release to gradually build on the foundation we’ve been working from, just slowly becoming more mature as we continue to develop and shape our sound.”
Fans can keep a close watch on the band and keep up with its upcoming releases — including an upcoming video for the first single off the new EP, which will the band will be shooting in the coming months — via social media by looking up daystocomemusic, or on the band’s website daystocomemusic.com. - Brad McEwen
07/29/16 - MADAME SUICIDE PROMOTIONS - CD REVIEW: “THE ART OF SURVIVAL” BY DAYS TO COME
I got the awesome privilege to hear Days To Come with their new album, “The Art of Survival.” When you first turn it on and begin to hear every aspect of their music, it is not what you are expecting it to be. It is a very unique sounding music, and you can tell that this band has a talent that is like no other. The song I like off the album is, “Drown.” The lyrics to every song they compose though is just phenomenal, and like I said, a little different than what you might be used to, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and you will as well. Each song is a unique different sound as well; it’s not the same song over & over again, like a lot of bands do, which is such a show of how much they want to branch out and give their fans different things.
This band has a very rock feel, with the emotion that flows through the music and vocals in harmony. You can really tell that this band is putting their best foot forward on doing all they can to get the word out about their music and band. Right now, they will be heading out soon, on the road to do multiple release parties for their new CD.
Aug 05 The Oglethorpe Lounge, Albany, GA
Aug 12 The Haven Lounge, Orlando, FL
Aug 13 Shady Oaks Lounge, Palm Bay, FL
Aug 19 Atmosphere Pub, Tallahassee, FL
Aug 20 Ashley’s Sports Page, Satellite Beach, FL
Sep 02 Rachael’s, Savannah, GA
Sep 09 Coach’s Sports Bar & Grill, Albany, GA
Sep 23 11th Frame Live, Madison, AL
Sep 24 Ziggy’s Underground, Chattanooga, TN
Be sure to pick up a copy of their new CD, see them live, and support this band.
07/04/16 - Albany Herald - Days To Come Ready For EP Release
ALBANY — Although they believe their upcoming debut EP is an excellent representation of where they were as a band several months ago, for the members of local rock outfit Days to Come the best thing about dropping “Subsist: The Art of Survival” is that they finally have something other than T-shirts and stickers to give to booking agents and their swelling legion of fans.
“After two and some years, we actually have music,” lead singer/rhythm guitarist Justin Goodson said jokingly during a recent interview to discuss the release. “Otherwise, it seems we’re really more of a clothing company. People will come up and go ‘What do you guys sell?’ Well, T-shirts and hats and stickers. We don’t actually have music. What’s Days to Come? It’s a lifestyle brand, a premium VIP lifestyle. No music.”
Although Goodson and his bandmates — lead guitarist Brandon Rix, drummer Russell Bowden, bassist Taylor Hartley — have a naturally jovial rapport with each other, and seemingly anyone floating around their orbit, they’re only half-joking when discussing their upcoming release, which they have been working on since they first came together a little more than two years ago.
Goodson, who is not only the band’s primary lyricist but also the group’s unofficial spokesman, explained that “Subsist” is the sound of a band coming together, finding its sound and learning how to play and record together. And, the EP is a “good description” of the band’s sound evolving.
“We’ve been working on the EP for quite a while, since we started as a band,” said Goodson.” We have been around for a little over two years, and, you know, we’ve written songs and enjoyed those songs and we’ve continued to mature. We’ve written more songs, and we’ve kind of gone back and reworked some of those songs. So some of these songs, like ‘Color of the Sun,’ that’s been around since the very beginning, and it’s kind of changed just a little bit as we’ve continued to mature and define our sound.”
Bowden agrees, saying that although the band is incredibly proud of its debut EP, when he listens to it he can’t help but hear a group of musicians still growing into their abilities.
“As Justin said, we recorded this about six, eight months ago, when we started, and it’s been a long process to get it done,” Bowden said. “As a band, I feel like we’re all pretty talented musicians, and I feel like we all excel at our instruments and have progressed since then even more so. It is nice for us to listen to it and see where we were then. I feel like we could definitely do better now, but from where we were then I feel like it is a nice breath of fresh air to look back. I would say I thoroughly enjoy it.”
The idea of the record as a measuring stick is also a theme for Goodson, who speaks with the quiet, measured authority of someone who sees very clearly the future he’s been building toward since the group came together.
“It’s cool; It’s a nice little chapter, and hopefully when we go through, later on down the road, the end of this year, or next year, we’ll start working on another one and we can really tell how much we’ve progressed, how much more seriously we’re taking this,” Goodson said. “And hopefully every time we do a release, we’ll be able to see improvements. Whenever we recorded this, six months prior to that, we wouldn’t have been able to do it.”
While the members of Days to Come believe they could make an even better record today, they also believe that they’ve created something special and something fans will enjoy. And the band makes no bones that the reason “Subsist” is as good as it is, the reason they believe they’ve established a rabid following, is the same reason they were able to win last year’s Albany Battle of the Bands despite having been together only a relatively short while. Hard work.
That hard work came in the form of weekly rehearsals and, more importantly, playing live.
“We’re trying to play a lot of shows,” Goodson said. “Last year, we played almost 50 shows in five states. And that, to us, was more important than recording because we were really trying to develop as musicians and get out on the road and go through experiences to try, fail and get better. That way, whenever we did release something, we could actually support it more consistently, rather than getting together, writing songs and releasing (an EP) before we’d even played a couple of shows together.
“(The strength of ‘Subsist’ is) only from getting together and rehearsing as often as we do. And, more importantly, playing shows. That’s one thing that I can stress to somebody is you’re going to not do well for a long time, so just go do it. That’s how you get better. You’ll just get way better.”
When Goodson talks about playing live, he’s clearly talking about one of his passions, and he waxes philosophical that a band’s ability to play live is what makes a group great.
“I would say, for me, that playing live is paramount,” said Goodson. “That is more important than recording for me. I mean, you can do a lot of studio magic and it can sound great with certain tones and with autotune and different amp styles and triggers. Live, it’s a totally different animal.
“I always, when I find a band, when I really enjoy them, the very first thing I do is I go look at a live video. And I’m not expecting 100 percent perfect because that is just not going to happen. But I want to see that they are trying, that they’re really giving it their all. If they’re doing that, then that’s a good thing. (I’m not interested in) some band that hits all the notes perfectly in a recording, because anybody can do that. For me, playing a show will always be first. That’s always what I love doing.”
That love of the live experience is also shared among his bandmates, whose eyes sparkle as they imagine themselves sweating it out under the lights in front of a wild throng of fans.
“I say it’s an adrenaline rush, just the thrill of being on stage and performing,” said Hartley.
“I agree, dude,” adds Bowden.
Even the quiet Rix, who spent most of a recent interview listening to his bandmates rather than opening up about his feelings, chimed in enthusiastically when talking about performing. In fact, it’s when talking about playing live that Rix finally reveals a bit about what makes him tick.
“You can just keep a mask on me, I’ll just stay in the corner and play,” deadpanned Rix (although he does far more than that when shredding at a gig). “I’m a machine. I play guitar, and then I go to sleep until the next show.”
In truth, as excited as the band members are to release their debut recording Friday, they’re equally excited about the EP release show they’re slated to play that night at Albany’s Oglethorpe Lounge.
For one, it’s a chance to rock out with their hometown fans. But it’s also a chance to say thank you to those fans and to the staff at the O, as the club is affectionately known, who helped them early on.
“Alison (McCorkle-Cleland) and the Oglethorpe Lounge have definitely helped us a lot,” Bowden said. “She actually booked our very first show and actually, for the longest time, they actually let us practice there. So I would say that without them, it definitely would have been a lot harder, especially starting off.
“I think that’s one of the reasons, one of the biggest reasons, why we chose the Oglethorpe to be the first place we have our release at here in Albany. And we’re really excited. We really enjoy playing there, and enjoy the people there and the management there.”
For the release show at the Oglethorpe, the band will share the stage with local metal favorites Dog Head, with whom the guys in Days to Come have a special bond. In fact, Chris Lodge, Dog Head’s lead axeman and the architect of their sound, played an important role in making “Subsist: The Art of Survival” a reality.
“We actually had Chris Lodge, he mixed and mastered it for us, which was absolutely great,” Goodson said. “I’m really glad that he was able to do it for us. He’s a really good guy. Super nice, and he’s got great ideas.”
Another close friend of Goodson’s was also instrumental in helping birth the new EP, which Days to Come recorded in Albany over the course of several months.
“We recorded with a friend of mine that I’ve known for a very long time, like 10 years, and he lives in Pensacola, Fla.,” said Goodson. “His name’s Chuck Johnson, and he actually came up, brought almost all of his gear with him, and we recorded over multiple weekends, multiple months, in between playing shows.”
The band’s humble sense of thanks is also apparent when they talk about their inner circle. Both Goodson and Bowden are married, the 26-year-old drummer also a father, and both of them repeatedly share how much they appreciate the sacrifices those loved ones have made.
“I want to be a full-time musician, a full-time original musician, playing songs that I’ve written with the guys, not a cover band,” said Goodson. “And I work full-time, I’m married and do a ton of other things. I’m very thankful for my wife’s support in letting me do this and letting me have time away from whatever it is that we’re doing and pursue this. She knows that it’s very, very important to me, and Russell’s the same way. He’s married, he’s got two kids, and family definitely comes first.”
“I definitely agree about what Justin was saying,” added Bowden. “I work, and I’ve got two kids and a wife, and without my wife’s support, it would be impossible. So definitely, it’s good to have her support.”
The band members also make a point to talk about how much they mean to each other. All of them have played in other bands prior to coming together, but it’s the magic they create together that they believe can propel them to the next level.
“I feel it’s been a long time coming,” said Hartley. “I’ve been playing music for 13 years, and these three guys are the reason that my dream is finally coming true.”
“I’ve been in previous bands before; I’ve been playing music since I was 15,” said Bowden. “It seems like every other band I’ve been in before, it goes good for a while and then somebody just loses their drive. I’ve always been the one that wants to keep driving. With these guys I think we all have an equal drive to make something happen, and I feel really good about my future. I definitely think this is the most successful band that I’ve been in and I see this going somewhere.”
The good thing shared by Days to Come’s musicians will be on full display this weekend as the group follows its Oglethorpe Lounge show with a gig Saturday night at Coach’s, where they will be joined by their good friends from Oblivious Signal and Mopeland. Soon after, the band hits the road to support the EP. And do what it does best.
“The next place we’re going is Birmingham, Ala.,” said Goodson. “We’re playing at the Knick, and that’s an awesome venue. It’s been around forever. I mean Elvis played there. Then we’re playing Hattiesburg, Miss., the next night at the Tavern. Then we’ve got a couple of release dates lined up in Florida as well. We’re playing in Orlando and Palm Bay and Tallahassee. And before the end of the year, we’d like to go to the Carolinas.”
Although they’re excited about converting new fans with their live shows at those upcoming gigs, Days to Come are also excited that they now have the ability to leave something special in their wake.
“This will be the first time our CD is available,” said Bowden. “You can go play places and people will like you at the time, but if you don’t have any material, such as a CD to give them, the next day they probably will have already forgotten about you. We’ve enjoyed playing, we love playing and we will always enjoy playing, but we obviously need to have content to get fans to remember why they like us and to also be able to sing along to us, to get more involved with us at our live performances.”
The band also realizes the importance of having a CD when it comes to booking gigs. Goodson points out that the band has been very fortunate to have gotten gigs through developing relationships with other bands they’ve shared bills with, as well forging a bond with promoter James Cripps.
“He has really helped us with booking down in Florida, and he’s been absolutely fantastic and we didn’t even have a CD,” said Goodson. “He kind of took us at face value. So we’re grateful for that.”
The band is also grateful they’ve now got a chance to share their music with fans far and wide, and to further represent the town and the fans that have nurtured them along the way.
“We are proud to be from Albany,” said Goodson. “As a band we appreciate the support that we’ve had from people here and we look forward to gaining their trust. We hope that whenever we’re out and about in other cities playing shows, that we represent Albany well.”
When it’s released Friday, the six-track EP “Subsist: The Art of Survival” will be available to fans through a variety of channels, including iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, CD Baby, and Google Play. Fans can also pick up hard copies and download cards. - Brad McEwen