My Darkest Days….are they a pop band, rock band or something in between? I don’t know how to classify them. The song “Casual Sex” is not a hard rock tune, but the band is usually touring with the latest hard rock acts, so My Darkest Days stays on my radar. This may not be a hard rock song, but this video is hot! Enjoy!
The band My Darkest Days may not be hard rock. I am not even if sure if they fall under the modern rock genre either. I have had the pleasure of seeing these guys in concert, and one thing is for certain they are a great live band. On the band’s debut CD, their song “Pornstar Dancing” features Chad Kroeger from Nickelback and Zakk Wylde from Black Label Society. I may not have checked these guys out if it wasn’t for these two fellas.
You can check out their videos clips “Move Your Body” and “Pornstar Dancing” below. Like them? Hate them? Tell us why!
ROCK ON THE RANGE 2011:
FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF AMERICA’S PREMIER
DESTINATION ROCK FESTIVAL
WITH SPECTACULAR LINEUP OF ROCK HEAVYWEIGHTS
A PERFECT CIRCLE, AVENGED SEVENFOLD,
DISTURBED, KORN, STONE SOUR AND STAIND
LINE-UP ALSO INCLUDES PERFORMANCES FROM
DANZIG, HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY AND ALTER BRIDGE
ROCK ON THE RANGE is celebrating its Fifth Anniversary! America’s premier destination rock festival–May 21-22 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio–will feature a spectacular lineup of rock heavyweights including A Perfect Circle (first performance of 2011), Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, Korn, Stone Sour and Staind (first performance in two years). The unforgettable weekend will also be highlighted by performances from Danzig, Hollywood Undead, Bullet For My Valentine, Black Label Society and Alter Bridge. In addition, Juliya of Fuse TV will return as the Mistress of Ceremonies for the event.
“Three years ago my other band Ashes Divide was fortunate enough to play Rock On The Range as a support act; to return to the same festival and headline this year with A Perfect Circle is truly an honor,” says Billy Howerdel of A Perfect Circle.
“We are honored that Rock On The Range has asked us be one of the headliners,” says M Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold. “Not only is it an amazing show to be apart of, but it holds a deep spot in our hearts. Rock On The Range was the last American show we played with our best friend and drummer, The Rev. We are looking forward to continuing his legacy of rock n roll insanity that night! See you all there.”
“If you suffer from stimulus overload, the fifth anniversary of Rock On The Range may be too much for you,” quips Del Williams, co-executive producer of the event for Right Arm Entertainment. “Virtually all of the bands that make up the top of the Active Rock charts are performing at America’s biggest Rock festival. When you look at the acts on the bill, and think of the massive list of songs that live in the body of that lineup, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with excitement.”
The ROCK ON THE RANGE celebration will start early on Friday night, May 20 with the nation’s biggest pre-festival Anniversary Party at the venue, featuring performances from two of the world’s craziest throwback rock artists–Steel Panther and Lez Zeppelin. Best of all, your ticket to the Anniversary Party will be absolutely FREE with every ROCK ON THE RANGE weekend ticket purchase!
“It seems like only yesterday that we created this vision for an active rock festival in the heartland, but it’s actually been five years now.” comments Joe Litvag, co-executive producer of the event for AEG Live. “If it weren’t for the loyal fan base of active rock fans, the ‘Rangers,’ Rock On The Range would still just be an idea on the back of a napkin! We can’t think of a better way to say ‘thank you’ then to throw a big FREE party for everyone! It will be a night of unmatched celebration!”
A special ROCK ON THE RANGE ticket pre-sale will take place from Wednesday, February 9 at 10:00 AM (ET) through Friday, February 11 at 10:00 PM (ET). For details on pre-sale, go to: www.facebook.com/rockontherange. Tickets go on sale to the general public Saturday, February 12 at 10:00 AM (ET). Two-day weekend festival passes start at just $99.50 plus service and transaction fees. Layaway ticket purchase options are also still available for a limited time.
“We are extremely excited about the lineup for Rock On The Range’s Fifth Anniversary show at Crew Stadium,” said Mark McCullers, President & General Manager of the Columbus Crew, a co-executive Producer of Rock On The Range. “We are coming off another record year in 2010 and are looking forward to raising the bar again in 2011.”
ROCK ON THE RANGE–The Book is another new bonus for fans in connection with the fifth anniversary of the festival. This limited edition coffee-table photo book captures the first four years of ROTR and features behind-the-scenes photos, never-before-seen performance shots, and testimonials from past ROTR performers including Stone Temple Pilots, Slipknot, Slash, Godsmack, Disturbed, Rob Zombie, Rise Against and many more. Copies of ROTR—The Book will be included in each of the VIP and Hotel ticket packages and is also available independently for $25 plus shipping and handling at www.rockontherange.com.
The current lineup for ROCK ON THE RANGE 2011 is as follows: A Perfect Circle, Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, Korn, Stone Sour, Staind, Danzig, Hollywood Undead, Bullet For My Valentine, Black Label Society, Alter Bridge, A Day To Remember, Hinder, Escape The Fate, All That Remains, P.O.D., The Damned Things, Fu Manchu, Black Veil Brides, Saving Abel, Sick Puppies, Finger Eleven, My Darkest Days, Crossfade, Cavo, Trapt, Rev Theory and Pop Evil.
Presented by Right Arm Entertainment, AEG Live and Crew Stadium, ROCK ON THE RANGE is a two-day, multi-stage music and lifestyle event featuring a potent line-up of bands on three stages. The nationally renowned festival centrally located in the heart of the country has annually drawn crowds in excess of 30,000 per day since its inception in 2007.
American Bang, Default, My Darkest Days & Hinder played to a packed house at Cincinnati, Ohio’s Bogarts on November 19th.
Unfortunately, I missed American Bang. I hit the club right at 8 P.M., and American Bang has already left the stage. I was looking forward to seeing those guys. (My ticket said show at 8 P.M., DOH!!!)
Default took the stage at approx. 8:30. I have to admit, that I was not familiar with the band. I thought they were good, but they didn’t overwhelm me. I probably would have liked them better if I knew some of their songs. I have checked out their latest CD, Comes and Goes yet, but will be doing so soon. You can download their song, “Turn It On” for FREE at this link!
My Darkest Days took the stage next, and quite honestly almost stole the show. I don’t know if I could classify My Darkest Days as a hard rock band, but it didn’t matter. They were excellent!! The band had an amazing stage presence, and I truly enjoyed hearing their songs live. Reid Henry, the band’s keyboard/guitar player put forth so much energy on stage. He was fun to watch. If I was going to put together a new band today, I would be proud to have this guy in a band. He was great! I hope that I will get to see this band play again in the near future.
Some of the songs they played live were, “Move Your Body”, “Come Undone” (Duran Duran cover), “Fucked Up Situation” and the set closer “Pornstar Dancing”.
Hinder was the headliner for the show, and rightfully so. Every time I have seen Hinder they have always put on a good show, and this night was no exception. These guys get a bad rap far too often, and I don’t understand why. The only thing I see Hinder as being guilty of is rocking! Joe Garvey, Mark King, and Mike Rodden, Hinder’s guitar triumvirate play with a lot of energy and are fun to watch. I love seeing Cody Hanson play the drums on his riser behind the band. With his fiery red hair, he reminds me of Animal from the Muppets when he plays the drums. I don’t know what was going on with Austin Winkler on this night. I thought his voice sounded good, but his hair was slicked back in a fashion that he looked a lot like George McFly in the Back to the Future movies.
The band played a bunch of new songs from their soon to be released CD, All American Nightmare. The songs were well received by the packed house at Bogart’s. Prior to this night, I have only heard a couple of the songs from the videos that we have posted at Hard Rock Hideout. Judging from the new tunes that I heard, the new album is going to kick butt!
I thought Hinder put on another great show in Cincinnati, and the crowd that was there definitely seemed to think so too.
Don’t miss Hinder when they come to your town. They have a bunch of tour dates remaining in December. Check the band’s website for tour dates here!
This is the set list from Hinder’s show:
2 Sides of Me (new)
Up All Night
All American Nightmare (new)
What Ya Gonna Do (new)
Better Then Me
Hey Ho (new)
Lips Of An Angel
Waking Up The Devil
Put That Record On (new)
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Hard Rock Hideout has two autographed copies of My Darkest Days hot new self titled CD to giveaway to two lucky readers.
Please enter you name and email address in the box below to enter the drawing! You can check out the band’s new video, “Pornstar Dancing” featuring Zakk Wylde, and Chad Kroeger below!
My Darkest Days new CD is available in stores now!
MY DARKEST DAYS
Matt Walst: Vocals/rhythm guitars
Brendan McMillan: Bass/backing vocals
Doug Oliver: Drums/backing vocals
Sal Coz Costa: Lead guitar/backing vocals
“So many roads that I’ve taken/When nobody thought I could make it/And even though I had to go it alone/I still survived.” “World Belongs to Me”
The world doesn’t yet belong to My Darkest Days, but they’ve come a long way since singer/guitarist Matt Walst, drummer Doug Oliver and bassist Brendan McMillan started the band, equally influenced by hard rock groups like Nirvana, Tool and Deftones, along with the songwriting approach of the Beatles, in the small town of Norwood, Ontario, where they grew up. Walst got a first-hand glimpse at what it takes to succeed from his older brother Brad, bassist and co-founder of platinum rock band Three Days Grace, which helped when the group set out to record their debut, self-titled Mercury Records album.
“I learned to work hard and practice from them,” says Matt. “I learned how to write songs by watching how they took catchy riffs and put memorable melodies to them.”
That approach comes through for everyone to hear on the new album, co-produced by Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger—who co-wrote a majority of the songs with My Darkest Days—as well as producer and engineer Joey Moi. The first single, the raucous, rollicking “Porn Star Dancing” leads the way, an instant stripper pole classic in the mode of Motley Crue’s “Girls Girls Girls,” and Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” featuring a Kroeger cameo in two different versions, a rocker with guitarist Zakk Wylde and a rap take courtesy labelmate Ludacris.
“She wraps those hands around that pole/She licks those lips and off we go/She takes it off nice and slow/’Cause that’s porn star dancing.”
“We definitely intended to make this song a strip club anthem, and I bet you will eventually hear it in every one,” laughs Doug.
“Luda totally killed it,” remembers Matt. “We sent the song to him, he dug the track, and his rhymes are just awesome.”
“To see him in person was so cool,” nods Sal. “He was so humble. With most rap stars, you wonder what makes them so special. But the minute Luda walked into the room, you knew right away why he is where he is. He just took control, literally grabbed the video camera and began rapping.”
Taking their name from those moments where Matt says he draws his songwriting inspiration, My Darkest Days combine the rowdy celebration of rock sexuality alongside more personal observations about relationship. The salacious “Move Your Body” with its leering “You come on tapping at your back door, baby” come-on, and the sensual reggae world beat of “Setitonfire” (“I lose my mind/With the way you move”) are balanced by autobiographical tales like “Every Lie,” “Like Nobody Else” and the country twang of “Come Undone,” featuring sassy vocals from yet another labelmate, the comely Jessie James.
“Half of our music is about partying and the other half is about shitty situations we’ve gotten ourselves into,” says Walst, who writes the group’s lyrics. “I believe you have to take the good with the bad, and that comes through in our songs.”
“We wanted to show our diversity musically and lyrically,” says Sal, who joined the band almost a year ago just in time for a label showcase and to record their debut album. “As much as we are a heavy rock band, we’ve all gone through emotional moments that we want to put into our songs.”
“It’s a fucked-up situation/When the one that you love is never enough/It’s a fucked up fascination/When the one that you trust is traded for lust.”
“Fucked Up Situation” is perhaps the best example of the band’s ability to turn their life into a song that deals with an adulterous affair in a small town, where the sex has a nasty sadomasochistic side to it.
“The lyrics remind me of a classic country song,” says Brendan. “Small town, cheating wife… people are always interested in that sort of thing.”
“That chorus seems to hit home,” nods Matt. “Some people are in relationships where they love the person, but they need more.”
“That’s the key to music and life in general,” answers Sal. “Balance, the yin and the yang. At the end of the day, that’s what we’re all about.”
With the dubwise spaciousness of “Can’t Forget You” and the Police-like island rhythms of “Setitonfire,” My Darkest Days show their versatility.
“I love writing with different people,” adds Matt. “I like having different flavors on the album. I’m a big fan of Top 40 and dance music as well as hard rock. It’s cool to bring all of those into our songs.”
“If I had my way/I’d spend every day/Right by your side/And if I could stop time/Believe me/I’d try for you.” “Without You”
The band is also capable of the wide-screen cinematic epic, such as “World Belongs to Me,” which begins with what sounds like the X Files theme—an irony, since much of the album was recorded at the show’s one-time base of Vancouver, home of Nickelback—and the closing, flick-your-cell phone arena-rock anthem, “Without You,” both of which can be seen as nods to the band’s loyal and growing fan base.
And now, My Darkest Days are set to reap the rewards of the 10,000 hours Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers insist you need to perfect your craft.
Having shared the stage with Three Days Grace, Theory of a Deadman, Papa Roach and more, the group has honed their live act, winning several talent contests in their native Canada.
Even with a major label debut ready to hit the streets, My Darkest Days maintain their focus.
“Our day-to-day life hasn’t changed, even if the stakes are definitely higher,” says Brendan. “We still practice very day. There’s no screwing around. It feels good to know all those days, living on nothing, were actually worth it.”
“We’re willing to do whatever it takes,” adds Sal. “In the end, we just want to get our message out to the world.”
Check out this new video clip, “Pornstar Dancing” from My Darkest Days. This video clip features Zakk Wylde from Black Label Society, and Chad Kroeger from Nickelback. My Darkest Days new self titled album will be released September 21st, 2010!