It’s been three long years since ex-Of Mice & Men man Shayley Bourget released his next band Dayshell’s debut album.
In the time between then and now, they’ve lost members and faced a battle to even release new album ‘Nexus’.
About time we caught up with the frontman to find out what’s going on, then.
YOU’VE BEEN AWAY FOR A LONG, LONG TIME. HOW MUCH OF A RELIEF IS IT TO FINALLY HAVE SOME NEW MATERIAL?
Says Shayley Bourget:“It’s a relief, that’s for sure! It came to a point where I didn’t think we were going to be able to do it, and if we were going to do it we were thinking about crowdfunding due to our previous label not telling us they didn’t want to participate any more. During the process of finding a new label our manager fronted the downpayment or the album, which was really awesome. He’s a fan and he believes in the band so it felt good to have that belief back. We got it done, and now we’re super stoked!”
HOW DID THE MEMBERSHIP CHANGES SHAPE WHAT ‘NEXUS’ IS? “The majority of the writing is done by me and sometimes Jordan [Wooley, bass] will write a lick or a song here and there, so member switching doesn’t really have an effect. Getting a new drummer that’s better and having his outlook on our songs was definitely an amplification of our sound. It’s awesome to work with a drummer that continuously learns.”
WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE MEMBERS WHO LEFT? “Financially, it’s hard. When we tour we basically just cover the basics of the shows and paying off the debts we can and the fact that we weren’t touring was kind of crappy. We were going home and saying, ‘What do I do?’ Then trying to get a job for one or two months. Some quit for those reasons, some quit for personal reasons. I know how hard it is. They’ve had different priorities and they needed to focus in their life, which is understandable.”
THE ALBUM SOUNDS A LOT DARKER THAN THE LAST ONE... “The first album was kind of like a discovering transition going from Of Mice & Men to Dayshell, and taking elements that I liked from Of Mice & Men and bringing them into Dayshell but also bringing my old school rock and roll style back in there, but I know the new album is more in your face rather than spread out like the first album. It’s more focused on a particular sound.”
AFTER ALL OF THESE YEARS, ARE YOU STILL FIGURING OUT WHAT YOU WANT TO DO WITH DAYSHELL? “We’re that band that’s kind of just on it’s own… we have a sound that’s two-faced or double-sided, it’s like a double-edged sword. It’s like, do we go more to metal or more to the radio or poppy.
“Whatever gets us more success and heard. I would love to tour with Deftones and bands that are a little more in our docket but then again the crowd is a little bit older and the older you get I think the more you lose touch with music, at least for the majority of people. When you’re young bands are cool, but when you get older it’s like, ‘Shit dude, I’ve got a kid, I don’t give a shit about the internet,’ so I don’t know!
"I think we’re on a good path. I think we’ve found a little bit more of a true identity with ‘Nexus’."