Interview – Age of Days

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Age of Days is a Canadian rock band formed in Fredericton, NB. Originally known as “Age of Daze”.  The band made a name for themselves on the east coast, and released their self titled EP in 2005, followed by Hollywood Ending in 2007. In 2011 founding members, Tim Morrison and Matt McLaughlin made the move to Toronto, signed a new management deal and recording contract with Cordova Bay Records.

The band consists of  Tim Morrison on vocals,Matt McLaughlin on Bass and backing vocals, Brent Alvey on lead guitar and Mike Langford on the drums!

Age of Days just released their third album, Radioactivity on April 9th and it’s a great album.  The first single, Bombs Away sticks in my mind, with it’s powerful and energetic  vocals and guitar. This song puts me in mind of such bands as Theory of a Deadman and Hinder.

The second single from the album is Broken, was just released to radio recently and is a completely different tone.  Broken is one of my favorites on the album. It’s full of emotion, yet still very powerful.  I think we can all probably relate to this song in one way or another.

The other song on the album that really stood out for me is “Live out loud”.  This is one of those songs that has really spoken to me. If I may quote a lyric from it, “Cause even when they try to break you, you’re stronger than you think, so you gotta fight, for your life,  you gotta make yoursel fproud, you gottal ive out loud”.  This song gives me chills. It’s the perfect anthem for anyone just trying to make it through life, cause after all, life is hard. We all have our struggles.

All in all, I would say that Radioactivity is a great mixture of songs, from energetic rock to powerful anthems.

I’m overjoyed to ask Tim Morrison a few questions, so here goes:

What is the meaning behind the name, Age of Days?

TM: The name derived from a reflection of today’s society, with less and less personal human interaction on a daily basis as people spend more time on social media sites behind a laptop or on the phone texting, it’s essentially losing a sense of humanity and becoming an age of daze , we then evolved the band name one step further with the new album and new producer to Age of Days.

Through all of your albums, it’s obvious that your passion is rock music, who would you say is your biggest influence?

TM: Matt (Bass player) and I are the core writers in the band so our influences are interjected into our writing style it’s inevitable, Matt grew up listening to a lot of rock bands like Ratt, Collective Soul, Def Leppard and I grew up listening to Kiss, Stone Temple Pilots, Nirvana, we do listen to other bands such as Three Days Grace, Hinder, Papa Roach, Shinedown, Nickelback, basically a lot of bands we typically tour with.

With songs on the new album, such as Broken and Live out loud, what is the message you are trying to get across?

TM: This album we really wrote songs with different meanings and messages that we think that may connect with a broad audience. Everyone in some way or another has had bad days, relationship problems, dealing with wanting to give up on things, we wanted to write from the heart and let people know we’ve been down, we’ve been there and hopefully connect in a positive way and help them realize that it’s never as bad as you think it is at that time and to pick yourself up and go for what you believe. Life is too short. Don’t get me wrong there is a great cross section of music on this album even some carefree party songs, you’ll have to listen for yourself and be the judge.

What is your favorite song to play live?

TM: Honestly, I don’t think there is a song of ours that we don’t enjoy playing live, they are all so different and have different vibes,  but I will say “ready to go” and “I did if for love” are a couple of rockers that get the audience rockin.

You have toured with many bands, such as Hinder, Papa Roach, Shinedown, The Trews and Buckcherry, who else would you like to tour with in the future?

TM: We’ve been very fortunate to tour with a lot of the bands we are fans of, so that aside I’d say iconic bands such as Kiss, Metallica, Motley Crüe, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, bands that we grew up with and would love to share the stage with.

What has been the highlight of your music career?

TM: There have been a few highlights that stick with me, for one I’d say winning a “radio music award” for “best new rock group” , that was a great validation for me for the hardwork and dedication of the band, but in general having fans buy and listen to our music and go to our shows and tell us how our music has impacted them and how important our music was with helping them get through difficult times, that’s the sort of thing that really means so much. We were also fortunate to have had a #1 song on SiriusXM’s Octane station in the US and having the opportunity to play TLC’s Orange County Choppers 10th Anniversay Special. Just being able to tour with bands we love and seeing fans live it’s all been something we’ll always remember and can’t wait to futher the story with the new album.

If you were asked to give advice to an up and coming band trying to make their way into the business, what would you tell them?

TM: Never give up, the industry is always knocking you down but never give up with what you believe and work hard. The industry is changing so much, just stay true to your music and your fans and who you are.

I always like to include a few questions, just for fun, so here goes:

What is the first cover song you remember singing?

TM: We started originally as a cover band playing the local club circuit, so we basically played songs by bands we loved, Stone Temple Pilots, Smashing Pumpkins, Creed, Collective Soul, Nickelback, Gin Blossoms, Eve 6, pretty much anything we liked at the time.

What are the top 3 songs you guys are currently listening to?

TM: Tough question, I try to listen to a little of everything right now I’m listening to the new Three Days Grace album, and I always end up listening to Alice in Chains (MTV unplugged) at some point such a great album. Shinedowns “Amaryllis” another good album.

Tell me one thing that your fans would be surprised to learn about you?

TM: We don’t take ourselves too seriously, it’s rock music, it’s about enjoying your life and doing what makes you happy. The band for some reason has the best of “abba” in the tour van not sure where it came from but it does get spun on tour lol

Explain Age of Days in one word?

TM: rock

In every interview that I do, I love to include THIS OR THAT, so here goes:

Coca Cola or Pepsi:

TM: coca-cola

Chocolate or Peanut Butter?

TM: both together…is there anything better?

Cats or Dogs?

TM: we have both cat and dog lovers in the band so it’s a tie on that one

Television or Movies?

TM: movies definitely nothing better than a great movie on your downtime much better than channel surfing

Twitter or Facebook?

TM:  both mediums are great for connecting with fans

Batman or Superman?

TM: batman for sure he just seems more badass

Day or Night?

TM: Night hands down for being a musician, we are playing late and traveling, although heading to the gym in the early morning really sets a great tone for the day.

And of course, is there anything you would like to say to your fans?

TM: Thank you so much for the support, keep spreading the word, Rock on!

-Jenna Melanson- Canadian Beats

I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started with Hedley. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.
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