A Q&A with Delilah Daybreaks
New punk attack from Minneapolis, Minnesota – here’s singer-guitarist Doyle Alexander…
What’s the title of your latest release, and what does it mean to you?
It’s called ‘[Redacted]’ and, actually, it’s just a word from our favourite song on the EP called ‘Confessional’, and we all just thought it sounded cool and it stuck, so we used it.
What was the hardest part about putting this release together, and why?
The hardest part of putting this EP together was easily adding all of what I call the ‘studio candy’. Those are the extra parts that you throw onto the recording to add more depth that won’t be played live but sound killer on the recording. Those were so hard to figure out because you have to find the sweet spot between a song that has a lot of cool parts and sounds awesome on your release, and something that just sounds like a big puddle of shit.
Who produced the release – what did they bring to it?
Marcus Lere produced the EP, and he really helped us polish up the songs and make sure we were getting the very best takes that we could. He really helped make sure that every instrument also sounded good and, more importantly, that we were all satisfied with the end product.
What do you want the listener to take away from listening to your music?
You have to acknowledge what is fucking with you and move on. Don’t let other people or things outside your control wreck your life because, at the end of the day, there is zero you can do about it, so why let something you didn’t have a hand in or something you can’t fix get to you?
How does a track normally come together? Can you tell us something about the process?
Well, recently, the process has kind of changed but, on ‘[Redacted]’, it all started with me bringing some simple chords and some lyrics to the guys and building them as a band from there. That process has completely flipped on its face now, and with what we are working on now we try to write as much as we can together as a band.
What band/artists have influenced you the most since you started this project, and why?
For me, lyrically, Jawbreaker and The Lawrence Arms have probably been the biggest ones; I have been drawing a lot from Chris McCaughan of The Lawrence Arms specifically. I’ve really been digging the way his melodies interact with his guitar parts but, dammit, no matter how much I try, my stuff is never even close to his level. Aside from that though, a lot of my influences have been a lot of the same all my life: Joey Ramone, Matt Skiba, and Mark Hoppus have been the biggest ever since I was 15.
What countries would you like to tour? Are there any standout venues you’d like to play in?
The UK is honestly my biggest goal and always has been ever since I saw Slipknot’s live DVD ‘Disasterpieces’. I’ve just known that the people in the UK seem a lot crazier at live shows, in the absolute best way possible. I would literally die to play Brixton Academy, First Avenue, or The Metro in Chicago.
If you could pick one track for our readers to listen to in order to get a taste of your music, what would you pick, and why?
Listen to ‘Confessional’ or ‘Whatever’. Either of those two songs I would say are great starting places for our sound, even though what we are working on right now is a bit different from both of those.
What ambitions do you have for the band/your career?
I would love for this to one day be all I ever have to worry about or do with my life. I would love to tour and make music and just give everything I have to music.
Finally, as you leave the stage, what are your parting words?
Listen to ‘[Redacted]’ and take a look at our social media. We have something awesome coming out in roughly a month from now.
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