DEVOUR THE DAY--Joey “Chicago” Walser (bass, backing vocals, songwriter) and Blake Allison (singer, guitarist, producer, songwriter)--is definitely one of music’s biggest Cinderella stories of 2013.
“Good Man,” the first single from their self-produced TIME & PRESSURE debut album, reached the Top 10 on the “Active Rock” chart, the Top 15 on the “Mainstream Rock Tracks” chart. They have sold over 100,000 downloads on iTunes and “Good Man” was the 36th most spun track of 2013 on Active Rock stations nationwide. The video for “Good Man” garnered over 900,000 views on YouTube. They’ve toured with Theory of a Deadman, Hinder, Sevendust, Sick Puppies and others. All this while on the independent label, Fat Lady Music.
Thanks to this initial success and groundwork laid over the last year, DEVOUR THE DAY and Fat Lady Music have now joined forces with Caroline to help usher in the next phase of their evolving journey. As part of this new partnership, a new version of TIME & PRESSURE is being re-released on January 14 and will include an acoustic version of “Good Man,” as well as a brand new song, “Check Your Head.” Legendary producer/mixer Brian Malouf (Queen, Michael Jackson, Dave Matthews Band) revamped the entire album and has brought a new sound and life to DEVOUR THE DAY’s music. The first release had previously only been available digitally, while the updated album will be sold at both online and major retailers nationwide.
“DEVOUR THE DAY is one of the great breakout stories of 2013,” says Caroline President Dominic Pandiscia. “We are incredibly excited to be working with them and Fat Lady Music to ensure that 2014 will be the year that DEVOUR THE DAY is established as a cornerstone band in the Rock genre.”
Fans wanting to hear the new tunes should head to the band’s official website, Facebook and YouTube to check out the in-progress 14-day countdown leading up to the new release date, which will conclude with a new official lyric video for the album’s current single, “Move On.” Having already received early spins on such radio stations as SiriusXM’s “Octane,” WIYY (Baltimore), WIIL (Chicago), WWBN (Flint), WBUZ (Nashville), KHTQ (Spokane), WJJO (Madison) and WBYR (Ft. Wayne), “Move On” will be officially serviced to Alternative radio stations and Rock stations this week.
Not one to shy away from confrontation of his own demons and personal tribulations, Walser candidly explains the meaning behind “Move On”: "I remember myself standing outside of a downtown Chicago apartment, freezing in the snow without socks or shoes, waiting on a ride from anyone that would come get me. I had just been removed from my house by the police, in front of my crying children. My wife, who I discovered was having an affair with her drug dealer, was screaming and hurling hatred at me, to combat her guilt, as the officers and apartment staff pulled me into the elevator. As I stood there in the snow, chained to my confusion and pain, I received a call. John, the singer of the band I had put ten years of hard work into was quitting. No real explanation, just the end. Everything was over. I had discovered my wife's infidelity at 7am, and by 9am, my marriage, my home and my career were over. I was empty. I watched my breath as it hit the frozen air and drift away. But I was still alive. After months of hurting in a way only those of us who have experienced real tragedy would, I remembered that simple fact: I was still alive. I wanted to write a song about that moment, when you stop crying and hurting and feeling bad for yourself. The instant when you stop allowing everything that has been piled on you, to crush and destroy you. After all that devastation, I had two choices. I could let the circumstances overcome and conquer me, I could let this swallow me whole or I could refuse and keep fighting. I would not give in. I will move on. That is honestly what the song personally means to me. Nothing better than the truth."
Iconvsicon.com described TIME & PRESSURE as a “...powerful wall of sound,” while Metalholic.com noted, “TIME & PRESSURE does justice to their reputation for crafting great rocks songs with an empowering message” and Ampkicker raved, “This is a brutally good record.”
In touring news, DEVOUR THE DAY is excited to be part of In This Moment’s highly anticipated “The HELLPOP Tour II,” along with Butcher Babies and All Hail The Yeti. The trek kicked off last week in Seattle, WA and lasts through January 25 in Cape Coral, FL.
Check out DEVOUR THE DAY at any of the following stops:
DATE CITY VENUE
The Hellpop II Tour (with In This Moment, Butcher Babies and All Hail The Yeti):
Tue 1/7 Denver, CO The Fillmore Auditorium
Wed 1/8 Kansas City, MO The Midland By AMC
Fri 1/10 Arlington Heights, IL HOME Bar
Sat 1/11 Fort Wayne, IN Piere's
Sun 1/12 Cincinnati, OH Bogart's
Tue 1/14 Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre
Wed 1/15 Pittsburgh, PA Club Zoo
Fri 1/17 Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero
Sat 1/18 Hartford, CT Webster Theater
Sun 1/19 Huntington, NY The Paramount
Tue 1/21 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore
Wed 1/22 Winston-Salem, NC Ziggy's
Thu 1/24 Fort Lauderdale, FL Revolution
Fri 1/25 Cape Coral, FL Dixie Roadhouse
Sat 4/12 Mesa, AZ Quail Run Park (KUPD UFest)