DayBreak Ends

Daybreak Ends

Greg (Vocals), Mike (Vocals/Guitar), along with Jonny (Drums), and Josh (Bass) bring together an unleashing force field unlike any other field known to mankind. The Los Angeles music scene has been given great hype about all the creations it’s thrown out over the years and in this day and time this act is no acceptation, the grind breaking metal riffing rocking roaring styling’s of Daybreak Ends tears up the latest trendy music scene with their second installment of creations addition to their collection of CD’s entitled “The Self Unseen,” which carries out the hard raw metal edge driven aggression your ears just can’t wait to listen in on. A chit chat session was conducted with Greg front man of the band who gave his thoughts on their newest addition.

1. Do you feel like your past plays a part in motivating your efforts?

Greg: The past always shapes people in any situation and Daybreak Ends is no different. When people quit our band or we lose a member it makes us that much more determined to succeed and make the people that quit regret it. I love music and when people tell us we are not good enough or tell us they hate our music or try to tell us how to run our band, it makes me more determined to prove to them that we are going to succeed and make them realize they are wrong.

2. Do you feel your music and your efforts coincide with one another?

Greg: I feel that our band is on the same level and we respect each other as friends and as musicians. We are co-workers in our band but also brothers and we hang out outside of the band and have a great time. A lot of people get freaked out when we are together because of all the inside jokes and crazy shit we do but it makes us who we are.

3. Is there a message you carry within your music that you want to express to your listeners?

Greg: Daybreak Ends is always about finding something from darkness and prevailing where everyone says you will fail. The lyrics I write are as open ended as they can be so that everyone can get something out of it and use part of a song to help them. I have gotten many messages and people coming up to me telling me a song makes them feel better or they will listen to our CD when they are sad and it shows them that they are not alone. That means a lot and it’s pretty cool when a person connects with us in that way. It takes a lot of guts to tell someone that and we appreciate it and do not take it for granted.

4. What is Daybreak Ends doing differently on the new album “The Self Unseen,” to warrant the attention of some of the younger kids who are just getting into heavy music now? Do you feel you’re a logical progression for kids to get into the way most people get into metal and hard through the more popular bands?

Greg: I feel that people who like dark and heavy music will like us. We have a lot of aggressive elements but we also have catchy choruses that people can get into. A lot of people label us in many ways and its fun to see what people say we sound like after a show. A lot of people will give us like a million bands we sound like so I guess it’s cool that people never say the same name. It shows our diversity and how we appeal to people who listen to different music. There are actually a few people who have came up to me and said that they don’t usually like rock music and they like hip hop and that they loved us because of our energy and the drums.

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5. Daybreak Ends helped push the band to a higher level through “The Self Unseen.” Being that it’s been over 2 years since your last release and that even more extreme music is catching a lot of attention right now, do you worry that this record might just maintain your current fans as opposed to gaining a number of new ones?

Greg: I feel that this CD will help get us new fans because I feel the songs are stronger and more of what we feel. So far we have had a great response to the new CD so I am happy people are embracing it. I feel that people may be embracing harder music now days and hopefully that will help us. We have always been able to hold our own with some crazy bands and we pride ourselves on being able to play on a bill with death metal bands and also with pop bands and still make some new fans.

6. Being where you’re at in your career, where you’re able to draw a large crowd, do you ever come across shows where you feel like you’re playing for a group of people who are just staring at you, acting almost like they have no idea who you are? If they still happen, how do you handle boring live shows?

Greg: There are always shows where people are just standing around. Los Angeles area is known for that as a lot of the people who are in the audience are in bands or there for a certain band and they don’t want to look like they are having fun. I try to look those people in the eye when we are performing and try to make a connection and a lot of the time that person will come up to me after the show and say good things. If a person is staring at us, at least they are paying attention and opening their mind to us so that’s all we can ask for. No live show is boring to us. I love performing and we will go crazy even if there is no one there.

7. As the years have gone on, it seems like there are band few and far between who are satisfied with their labels. What is your take on labels in general, these days?

Greg: A label is cool if the band understands that in today’s music landscape they are still going to have to do a lot of things on their own. A label does not mean a band can take a breath and relax because once they get signed the work really begins. You are no longer doing the band for yourself but for a company that has mouths to feed and wants success for you so they can pay their mortgages. I like smaller labels because they usually pick good bands that are of a like genre and the support for them and the things they do for bands is great. One of the best things a label does besides put out your CD is that they help you get on a tour and get a booking agent. If you can get your music into people’s ears you will make fans and get to meet people by traveling the world.

9. Your lyrics are obviously quite interesting. How do you feel when that seems to be lost with some listeners whom only seem to hear the aggressive side of the music being played?

Greg: When we play live it is hard to focus on the lyrics but people get the overall feel of the music and that?s what matters. When they listen at home and read the lyrics, that is intimate and means a lot. A person is taking the time to read what the songs are about and want to get more feeling from the song and that is awesome. If a person listens to us and wants to check out lyrics that’s cool but some people just want to hear the music and the feel of the song and that is cool too. There are many ways a person listens to music. We just provide it.

10. What do you think is the most harmful thing happening to the underground music scene right now, and what do you think could curb that?

Greg: Pay to play is the worst thing happening in the music scene. I understand why promoters do it because they want to guarantee money to pay the staff and the headliner but if they could establish a good night for locals and have free admission and start up a scene it would be a small investment but I feel it would pay off because local bands would get bigger and bigger and the venues will make more money and also get credit for being the venue that broke a certain band. Metal Skool nights at the Key Club used to be a great way for local bands to play to a good group of people but now they require pre-sale all of the sudden and that hurt the amount of bands that will play there. We are trying to put out a CD and book a tour and I am not gonna pay 1000 dollars to open up for a band that can’t bring people to a show.

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11. How do you think the new tour will turn out to be compared to your last one? Any highlights you think might spark a flame or anything exciting?

Greg: We are excited to go back to Denver. We love that city and love our friends there. They show us a great time and we always have crazy shows. Every show we have played there have been insane injuries. Ranging from various injuries; to broken ribs, broken noses, and broken ankles everyone faces one injury in their time span. It is mayhem. This tour should be fun because we are heading to places we have been many times. Last tour was the Northwest and we had never been to many of the cities we played. It was fun to go to first time venues but there’s no place like comfort of friends and places you have been many times.

12. What does the immediate future hold for Daybreak Ends?

Greg: We are touring in May all over the Southwest and will probably tour again after the summer through the South.

13. What is the one thing that you would still like to accomplish with Daybreak Ends that you haven’t yet done?

Greg: We would like to tour Europe and Asia and just be on the road all year long and do that.

14. Is there any song that sticks out as one where you knew “The Self Unseen,” was going to be the album that it became?

Greg: I love the song “Vehicular Promicide,” because it is dark and very electronic feeling. I like how the CD flows overall and I like how that song is in the middle of the CD.

15. Thanks for the time and such a great record, what has the response been so far for “The Self Unseen”?

Greg: Everyone has loved it so far and has said it’s a great step for us as a band so that always feels good to hear.

16. Do you or the band have any pre-concert rituals?

Greg: Before a show we just hang out and have fun. We don’t really do anything special. Just set up and play.

17. What are your tour essentials?

Greg: Tour essentials are baby wipes, axe body spray, and water. Got to maintain hygiene on tour!

18. What was the first concert you attended as a fan?

Greg: The first concert I ever went to was a punk show in Denver. I saw The Queers and The Nobodies and Chixxdiggit. It was a good time. I was like 16.

19. Any tour horror stories?

Greg: We were in our old van in Houston, TX. We had arrived in Houston to play a show the night before. We stopped at a stoplight and when the light turned green the van would not drive. We pushed it into a Jack in the Box parking lot and went to sleep. The next day some woman knocked on our door and gave us jack in the box breakfast and told us that we looked like we needed it. We must have looked pretty pathetic I guess.

We were in Houston right after Katrina and another hurricane and there were dead dogs on the side of the road and it was a pretty bad area. There was a transmission place across the street so we pushed the van over to it and the guy inspected our van. He said the torque converter went out and to replace it would cost 600 bucks.

We called our manager at the time and he said he would look around for a solution and call us back. Our manager calls us back and says he has a van for 3000 bucks. It?s a 98 Chevy Express 3500 and was owned by the band Fenix TX in San Diego. We sold the van to the transmission guy for 600 bucks and waited for one of Johnny’s cousins from San Marcos to come pick us up. We were in the jack in the box parking lot with our trailer waiting for a ride when it started to get dark. As soon as the sun went down the entire area closed and gates came down and windows were shuttered. We realized this was a bad area right away. A few guys came up to us and were chatting to us about stuff and then they would leave. They would come back with a friend and talk some more. We realized they were trying to figure out what was in the van and jump us. After a few hours about 9 guys came out of a field and started coming towards us. We were ready to fight for our stuff. At that moment Johnny’s cousin came with his truck and the people scattered and we put the trailer on the truck and got away unharmed and enrobed.

Our guitar player and bassist flew to San Diego and paid 1000 dollars for the van and they drove it out to San Marcos. We put the trailer on and went back out on type remainder of the tour. It was the worst day of my life but it makes for an interesting story for sure.

20. What do you do when you’re not on stage or in the studio? Do you have a “day job”?

Greg: Johnny, Josh and I work retail jobs. Mike is a scenic artist and paints sets for movies and commercials.
Thanks Greg

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