Thursday, January 26, 2012

Saultites In Out Of Town Bands Profile: Age Of Days

It's time for our second-to-last monthly feature post of this month at the SMS, and as usual, this is our latest Saultites In Out Of Town Bands Profile! As usual, we're profiling a band from outside of the Sault Ste. Marie area that features a local musician in their past or present lineup, and though this band hasn't done much publically yet with their local member, they've sure got a lot to say so far! Read on below for this month's profile! (Updated on November 26th, 2014)
Age of Days (Fredericton, New Brunswick)

Lineup: (Saultites in RED; ex-members in italics)

Tim Morrison (vocals/guitar)
Brent Alvey (guitar)

Dane Hartsell (guitar)
Matt McLaughlin (bass)
Mike Langford (drums)

Jamie Norrad (guitar)
Jon Price (guitar)
Brad Bailey (guitar)
Jonny Fabbro (guitar)
Mike Diesel (guitar)
Pat Pelletier (drums)
Mike Arnold (drums)

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Local Info: The only local member of any Age of Days lineup was prominent local musician Jonny Fabbro, who's probably best known as the singer and guitarist for the defunct local hard rock band Inside Spiral! In their mid-2000s heyday, Inside Spiral were a prominent sight at numerous local concerts, including high profile performances in some local music competitions, before their demise circa 2006. Aside from a brief reunion for the Kiss Battle of the Bands in late 2009, the most we've heard locally from Jonny since was in his short lived solo project, which produced some nice quality solo material circa 2006-2007 before that fell dormant. After some extensive searching in the Toronto area for a higher profile band in recent years, Jonny was enlisted in Age of Days last fall for a brief stint before being replaced by Mike Diesel in mid-2012, but hopefully he pops up again musically in the future!

Band Bio: Formed in 2005 in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Age of Daze (now Days) were started by local cover band members Tim Morrison, Jamie Norrad, and Matt McLaughlin, who began focusing on original material towards their self-titled debut EP, which came out in 2006. Produced by ex-Our Lady Peace guitarist Mike Turner, the EP opened some noticeable doors for the band, and they later recorded their full length debut CD "Hollywood Ending" in 2007. After their inception, Age of Daze opened for numerous high profile bands like Buckcherry, Hinder, and My Darkest Days, won a 2009 Canadian Radio Music Award for Best New Rock Act, and scored a top #20 single on the Canadian rock radio charts with "Afflicted". After a break for much of 2011, Age of Daze changed their name slightly to Age of Days, and debuted a new lineup in late 2012, roaring back to prominence in 2013 with a new album "Radioactivity" and Canadian tour dates with the likes of Papa Roach and Halestorm, so keep an eye out for their next big plans!

Though I can't comment on Age of Days' brief run with Jonny, their old material as Age of Daze and their "Bombs Away" single imply a nice radio hard rock sound that's very accessible and good to rock along with! Tim Morrison has a good melodic singing voice with a heavier tinge, and the music on the whole suits his singing style very nicely! The guitar work suits the material on both softer and heavier sections, as does Matt McLaughlin's bass work, and their repertoire of original material from past albums would fit well on Rock 101's playlist! Nothing too risky, just some very solid hard rock with some good influences and lyrics, and they've kept it up on "Radioactivity" with better production and melodic & heavy parts in good measure, and hopefully they keep on the same path as they rise up the Canadian rock ranks. Time will tell, but Age of Days are definitely a very promising hard rock outfit, and keep your eyes on them going into 2014!

There's a good amount of Age of Days material from their run online to check out, and their albums (plus their 2012 single "Bombs Away") are available on iTunes, Amazon, and various other outlets, so definitely consider picking it up! Their debut EP is also floating around on torrent sites, but it's not readily available otherwise. For videos, there's plenty of live videos from Age of Days concerts on YouTube, so search for them to see lots of clips from the past 6 years! Among them is the official music video for their first single off of "Hollywood Ending", entitled "Afflicted", which you can watch below!

I hope you guys enjoyed this month's Saultites In Out Of Town Bands Profile! Next month, we're going in a slightly different route for our next profiled band, as for the first time, we're looking at a tribute band with a Saultite in their ranks! That band is Ottawa quartet Mothership: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Tribute, who feature former Sault resident and ex-That's Chester frontman Richard Fullerton as their "Robert Plant", so look out for our profile on them on or around February 26th! That's all for now, but stay tuned for weekend concert previews and possibly more news tomorrow! Thanks everyone!

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