DEVOUR THE DAY is currently touring around the U.S. in support of their highly anticipated and critically acclaimed self-produced debut album, Time & Pressure. The band’s current trek is with In This Moment, Butcher Babies and All Hail The Yeti as part of “The Hellpop II” tour, which lands in Cincinnati this Sunday, at Bogart’s.
Devour The Day are Joey “Chicago” Walser (bass, backing vocals, songwriter) and Blake Allison (singer, guitarist, producer, songwriter). The band is definitely one of music’s biggest Cinderella stories of 2013. The first single, “Good Man,” 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.
Not one to shy away from confrontation of his own demons and personal tribulations, Walser candidly explains the meaning behind the second single, “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."
Devour The Day w/ In This Moment, Butcher Babies and All Hail The Yeti
The Hellpop II tour
Sunday Jan 12th