Days to Come is, in their own words, a “prog pop” band…and they’re good! For the band, this genre label translates to a perfectly tuned radio friendly hard rock sound with soaring vocals that are set to bring the house the down.
I was able to speak with every member of the band, getting an answer or two from each of them. Justin Goodson is the band’s vocalist, Jalen Hall sits behind the drum kit and Brandon Rix is the guitar player. This three piece is seriously on their way up.
- What are your biggest musical influences?
Brandon – Steve Vai, Devin Townsend, Ashe O’hara, and Plini.
- Do you listen to any band or genre that would surprise your fans if they found out?
Jalen – I listen to a lot of nordic [sic] folk music. So I guess that would be my biggest deviation of the norm.
- What’s next for the band?
Brandon – We’re excited to promote our new single Siren. We’re currently in the studio working on our next single (Wolves) and we’re looking to have it and the music video released in March/April.
We’re aways [sic] trying to better engage with our fans and create deeper, more meaningful relationships. We’re so thankful for our support system and we’re working on new content to release over the next few months.
We’re pumped for our upcoming shows and a tour up to Rock Fest this July!
- How do you think streaming services like Spotify and Pandora have changed how bands release music? Has it made it easier or more difficult?
Justin – We live in a culture where art, in its many forms, is expected to be free. The listener will continue to find ways to get music for free and we, as artists, need to find creative ways to deal with it, rather than simply complain that it is happening. Streaming services (like Spotify) help expose artists to listeners as well as make it difficult for those artists to sell their music.
The older traditions of buying and selling music are changing. Indie artists need to be creative with their brand, marketing, and content to continued to grow their fan base. Music is everywhere. Artists need to find ways to stand out from the rest to get their music heard.
- Do you have any non-musical influences that show up in your music?
Justin – I grew up in a military household and had the opportunity to move and experience a lot of cultures as a kid and teenager. I’m sure these experiences helped shape and influence my songwriting.
- Can you describe your sound?
Brandon – We’re continually developing and working towards what “Days To Come” sounds like, but I want to be able to say that we have pop styled, catchy vocal melodies layered with intricate music supporting it. Basically pop-prog.
- What are you listening to lately? Anything you would recommend?
Jalen – I’d recommend The Hu for sure! They are a new Mongolian folk metal band and they deserve a listen!
- What made you decide to “get into” music and start a band?
Justin – I started playing the guitar when I was 17 and I started to take singing seriously in my 20s. I knew then that I wanted to be in a band. I played solo acoustic gigs for years trying to find a band or form one. Nothing really worked out until Days, which I’m thankful for.
I really love melodies. Music is special and, once it became a dominant force in my life, I knew it was what I had to do.
- How does your writing process work, do you all collaborate on the lyrics or is that job reserved for just one person?
Justin – Typically, Brandon and I will get together with a few acoustic guitars and work out the skeleton of the song. I’ll either have lyrics already written or will write some to go with the music. Sometimes they come really quickly and other times they’ll take weeks to finish.
- If you had to pick just one, which album would be your favorite?
Brandon – Plini – Other Things. It has some insanely good songs on it which inspires me to play and write because he was near my age when that album was made.
- Are there any bands you would desperately love to tour with someday?
Jalen – I would love to tour with Sevendust. They’re one of the hardest working bands in the genre.
- What are your thoughts about bands releasing more singles, rather than following a traditional route and just releasing albums?
Justin – Times have changed and the way people consume music has changed. Years ago someone would have to physically go somewhere and purchase an album, cassette, or cd. Now, massive catalogs are available to us through streaming services like Spotify, Pandora, etc.
These services reward artists who release content regularly because it keeps people on the app. If an indie artist releases an album once a year or two, they won’t be pushed as hard as the artist who releases twelve singles over twelve months.
We can complain about it or embrace it. Streaming is here and it isn’t going anywhere.