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A Dirty Dozen with TOM KELLY and SHAWN COX of BLACK DAWN – May 2019

A Dirty Dozen with TOM KELLY and SHAWN COX of BLACK DAWN - May 2019

In accordance with a current press launch: “NYC metallic/arduous rock band Black Daybreak is again with their newest EP, On Blackened Wings, out there worldwide by way of Pavement Leisure. Stream and obtain the EP on iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon. On Blackened Wings is the band’s follow-up to their 2014 EP, Till We Meet. On Blackened Wings was engineered and combined by Joe Cincotta. In mid-April, Black Daybreak launched the official music video for “Assist Me,” a single from the brand new EP. This difficult rock anthem helps reminds us all of how assist can come from probably the most sudden locations.” We get guitarist Tom and bassist Shawn to talk about new music, influences, and far more…

1. Inform us a bit of about your newest launch.  What may a fan or listener not seize the primary or second time they pay attention via?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put within the materials or that solely diehard followers may discover?

Tom: There’s no embedded or “hidden” content material per se.  No satanic messages can be uncovered when you have been to play the album in reverse.  We’re wanting ahead to listening to about what individuals take away from this, which music and which elements have been their favorites. On Blackened Wings has grow to be, production-wise, my favourite album.  I consider it to be Black Daybreak’s greatest work so far, and the preliminary suggestions has been fairly favorable.  Launch has been delayed a number of years (a lot of the recording happened in 2015) on account of monetary and different circumstantial circumstances. “Ideas of Yesterday” was written within the early 90’s and was initially launched in demo type in 1996.  All the opposite songs are new.

2. What obtained you into music, and may you inform us concerning the second you realized you needed to be a musician?

Tom: I first obtained into music once I discovered the way to play a report.  I used to be perhaps 4 or 5 years previous at the moment?  I used to be listening to the radio and constructing a set of 45’s of the best radio hits.  This was, in fact, again when there have been report shops that bought the highest singles on 45’s.  Once I was about 9 or ten, my greatest pal at the moment confirmed me his older brother’s report assortment.  His brother didn’t take excellent care of his LP assortment, so all his data have been badly scratched.  His assortment included albums from The Cramps, Iggy and the Stooges, Dangerous Firm, Van Halen, and so on..  The album he needed to point out me was Led Zeppelin’s Homes of the Holy.  He stated, “You’ve obtained to examine this out!”.  I heard the needle positioned on the vinyl, adopted by nothing however scratches and pops at first, after which the opening organ tones of “No Quarter”.  I by no means heard this earlier than, because it hadn’t been performed on any FM radio stations I knew of.  I appreciated it immediately.  That document assortment turned my very first outlet into bands, albums, and songs that I didn’t find out about.  Then got here MTV, which turned an on a regular basis factor for me.  I knew then that I needed to be in a band that had a video like those I noticed on MTV.

Shawn: Properly I used to be all the time a musician since enjoying the trumpet in just like the 4th grade.  The second I needed to be a musician was the primary time I picked up a guitar and discovered the intro to “One” by Metallica.  I used to be 15.

three. Constructing on that, is there a selected music, album, performer, or reside present that guided your musical style?

Tom: It started with Led Zeppelin’s Homes of the Holy and continued with Jimi Hendrix, Van Halen, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Metallica, and lots of different bands that I’ve since found.  I’m all the time on the lookout for new bands to take heed to, and as far as I can inform, there might be new bands for me to find for the remainder of my life.  Will probably be fascinating to see what’s coming sooner or later!

Shawn: I’ve all the time been into just about each sort of music you possibly can consider.  After highschool I used to be leaning extra in the direction of jazz as I used to be enjoying the sax principally.  What made up my thoughts to like metallic probably the most was once I was going to SUNY Albany and was invited to the QE2 downtown.  An area Lengthy Island band named Inner Bleeding was enjoying.  I used to be destroyed mentally and bodily!  That’s when my thoughts was made up.  That’s what I needed to do.  To not point out that I received my backside lip busted broad open on the present in order that was it for my sax days anyway.

four. Who can be your principal 5 musical influences?

Tom: So many bands have influenced me!  In the event you needed me to call 5 guitarists, I might say that Jimmy Web page, Zakk Wylde, Jimi Hendrix, Randy Rhoads, and Dimebag Darrell have inspired and inspred me probably the most.

Shawn: In no specific order: Metallica, Pantera, Rush, Sepultura, Iron Maiden.

5. In case you might name in anybody collaborator to do a track with, who wouldn’t it be, and why?

Tom: I all the time thought it will be a bonus for our followers if we might get a celebrity visitor to document on considered one of our albums.  If I might have my decide of completely anybody musician to report with, I might document a music with the guitarist who first impressed me to start out enjoying guitar, Jimmy Web page.

Shawn: Max Cavalera.  He’s the one musician that may make easy riffs highly effective, catchy, and heavy with groove!  As soon as Ozzy kicks it, Max is subsequent in succession!

6. How would you describe your music to somebody who’d by no means listened to you earlier than? What’s the one comparability a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe otherwise you disagreed with?

Tom: In a fashion that doesn’t too intently duplicate any one in every of these bands, I might say that our music has the melodic qualities of Alice In Chains and Breaking Benjamin, whereas infusing the facility and groove of bands like White Zombie and Godsmack.  I don’t like when a assessment says that a half was too lengthy or a track was to repetitive.  That makes me assume that we didn’t do sufficient within the studio to maintain it fascinating.

Shawn: I’ve heard Black Sabbath too typically for my consolation.

7. What’s the perfect factor about being a musician?

Tom: The concept lots of and even hundreds of individuals can come collectively and be comfortable due to a music that you simply wrote is astounding to me.  Music will get buried in your mind if it makes any kind of impression, particularly when an affiliation is made with a selected a part of your life.  Then in the future, like discovering an previous photograph, listening to that track once more brings you proper again to that reminiscence which in any other case by no means would have been recalled.  Turning into part of the soundtrack to somebody’s life is a method to make your mark on this world in a significant method.

Shawn: Serving to individuals get away from their day by day grind even for 30 minutes whereas they take heed to your music.

eight. When the band are all hanging out collectively, who cooks; who will get the drinks in; and who’s first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Tom: Band apply is all the time a soothing time.  A retreat, so to talk, from the remainder of our lives and something that every of us could also be worrying about at the moment.  There’s all the time beer and bourbon on the practices.  In over 25 years of going to apply with him, Matt has all the time introduced beer.  He all the time has the cooler with him, with no matter beer is in season.  Bud Mild lime in the summertime, Octoberfest when soccer begins, one thing stronger and tastier within the winter like Warsteiner or Hefeweizen.

9. When was the final time you have been star struck and who was it?

Tom: In all probability once I met Dee Snider with my spouse some years in the past after considered one of his Lengthy Island performances of Van Helsing’s Curse.

Shawn: A couple of months in the past I met Kirk Windstein of Crowbar.  It was the second time truly.  First time was 20 years in the past however nonetheless…

10. When you weren’t a musician, what can be your dream job?

Tom: If I couldn’t work on the stage, I might work close to it.  Maybe as a stage hand or working within the sound sales space.

Shawn: A guitar tech / roadie.

11. Wanting again over your profession, is there a single second or state of affairs you are feeling was a misstep otherwise you want to have a “do over”, even when it didn’t change your present state of affairs?

Tom: Nobody particular state of affairs, however I feel we might have gained extra publicity sooner if we had discovered extra about recording higher albums earlier on.  I additionally assume we performed too many exhibits that basically didn’t do rather a lot for us.  It’s essential to not waste your time enjoying exhibits that aren’t going that will help you.  Keep particular to your personal style, get in entrance of bigger crowds, and ensure you placed on a rattling good present!

Shawn: Permitting my first band Lostvision to interrupt up so simply.  We might have simply changed the few guys that needed to go away and stored working.

12. In the event you might magically return in time and be part of the recording periods for anybody report in historical past, which might you select – and what does that document imply to you?

Tom: I want to have recorded on Homes of the Holy.  That album is identical age as me, consists of the guitarist that impressed me to play guitar, and it’s the album that began me on the lookout for bands that I haven’t already discovered but.  To not point out that it’s nonetheless an incredible album general.

Shawn: As Actual As It Will get by Sworn Enemy.  I might return and document my bass tracks for the album.  I left the band towards the top of the writing periods earlier than the album was recorded.  It was floor breaking.  It’s a staple for the NY Hardcore metallic scene.  It was our first full size album and was a end result of years of arduous work and sacrifice.  It is going to all the time imply so much to me.

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Might 14, 2019Todd ‘ToddStar’ Jolicoeur

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