I think this is our first domestic BotD for a week. For that reason, we insist that you have to sit down with a nice cup of tea and read all about Eight Days…
We’re all from South London, fairly close to each other, Kingston, Kent and Croydon.
How did you meet?
We actually knew each other prior to the band reforming with us as new members, we’d all played gigs together in other bands. When deciding to start the band up again, a few of us in the same week bumped into each other by chance so we definitely took that as a sign.
How long have you been playing as a band?
The band before the reform had a couple of EPs out but didn’t really do a lot of stuff; an odd tour here and there. We’re excited to get things started as the new lineup, our first show will be before the year is out with touring plans in 2019 for sure.
Before you get sick of being asked, where does the band name come from?
I actually cannot remember now, it’s just a name that’s stuck with the band for ages. We’ve never felt the need to change the name, for some reason it feels right.
What are your influences?
We all like a lot of different things, Ben and Rob are really into bands like Defeater, Pianos Become The Teeth, We Never Learned To Live, Mat and Jake love their technical bands. We all love heavy music but a lot of the time we find we’re listening to softer stuff, maybe because we’re playing heavy music all the time ourselves. Huge influences are bands who smash it live too e.g. Palm Reader, Feed The Rhino, Employed To Serve.
Describe your music What makes you unique?
It’s music we all love to play, it’s fun to jump around to or to think about lyrically, we try to include elements of bands and genres we all like and translate that live too.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
Lyrically it’s usually what’s going on in your life right now, a lot of lyrics can be interpreted in different ways which is something we really like; there are talks of overcoming anxiety, depression etc. It’s a great outlet for getting over stuff like that and if it resonates with any listeners then that’s amazing.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
Our goal with our live show is simply just to be a great band to watch, so not just standing still but also not going overboard and jumping on the bar in a venue for no reason. Whatever feels good live, do it, and always put 110% effort into the performance, it cannot fail that way.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
There was a show before the re-form, Ben jumped on part of the bar, almost broke a load of glasses and damaged part of the venue’s property. Luckily, the staff were enjoying the show (not very punk at all).
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
Ben plays a Fender and Gibson (Jaguar and Les Paul Junior) with P90 Pickups, Mat has an Ibanez, Jake a Fender Jazz Bass and Rob plays a Tama Kit, Mapex snare, Zildjian cymbals. There’s more stuff but that’s usually the go to stuff we play plus Orange/Peavey heads/cabs etc!
What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
We are releasing our first single “Stray” on 12th October; it’s something we’re really proud of and think it’s the best song this band’s done so far so look out for it.
What are your plans for 2018?
We’re gonna put out this single and get playing some shows, it’s been a long time coming!
If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!
Currently we’re just happy to be out playing shows, I think we’d be happy to play with anyone remotely like our sort of sound, guess in an ideal world to be supporting/on tour with Comeback Kid / Defeater / Stick To Your Guns wouldn’t be bad.