Interview – A Darker Day

By: Jenna Melanson

Ottawa, ON based metal band, A Darker Day has released a brand new self-titled EP on April 27, and we had the chance to ask the band a series of questions about the formation of the band, the new EP and lots more.

How did you meet and form the band?

Jeff Jobling and Jaden Bailey practically grew up together and used to play in a band before A Darker Day One day they were trying out bass players and that’s when we met Gumby then about 15 or 20 years ago Jeff Jobling used to work at the CD Exchange Center beside a hair salon that had a tattoo shop in the back that Mark Garrod co owned and we became friends ever since. eight years ago Mark Garrod and Adam “Gumby” Armstrong got a phone call from Jaden Bailey and Jeff Jobling asking if they wanted to jam at first We thought it was for fun just to hang out but that is when A Darker Day was born.

How did you come up with the name, “A Darker Day”?

After a few weeks of practicing and coming up with riffs under a silly name (Mike Hawk and the Rock) Mark Garrod approached the other guys with the name (A Darker Day) that he wanted to use in his previous band but the other band members did not they already had however this time around the idea was instantly appreciated and A Darker Day is the name we stayed with.

Where do you tend to pull inspiration from?

Each other and daily life .

Who have been your biggest musical influences throughout your life?

Metallica, Pantera, Killswitch Engage, Madball, Lamb of God, testament, black label Society the list is endless

You released your self-titled EP in April, how has the response been?

The responses been amazing our entire Fan base and beyond has had nothing but good things to say, it’s nice to have a product that gets so far nothing but good reviews and we are very grateful for that not to mention all the online radio stations that have decided to put it in rotation such as pure rock radio, hammer smash radio, metal nation radio and CKCU and many more.

What is your favourite song off of the EP?

This is a very hard one to decide I personally love them all equally however I think A New Terror has the biggest punch.

You have some a show coming up at Armprior on July 17, when can fans in the rest of Canada expect to see live shows announced?

Well we have nothing planned as of yet for all of Canada however we just played amnesia rock fast in Montabello, QC with some of the biggest names in the music industry such as Slayer, system of a Sown, Deftones, Fear Factory among many others, June 24 we are playing with Crowbar, Battlecross, Lord Dying here in Ottawa and July 11th in Petawawa and July 17th in Arnprior among many other shows there is a full listing at we are booked all the way November when we play with Prong on November 17

What can someone who has yet to see A Darker Day in concert expect from a live show?

Hype and adrenaline

If you were able to tour with any other Canadian band/ artist, who would you choose?

We take a lot of pride in our Canadian scene and have many favorite Canadian bands some are friends some we have never met but to us it’s just a pleasure playing alongside another Canadian band

Here at Canadian Beats, we like to include a small portion of questions that may help your fans learn something new about you, so here goes:

What is the last concert you attended as a fan?

Black Sabbath

What was the first album you ever purchased?

Kiss – Destroyer or Chuck Barry-I can’t remember what one

What is your current go-to song?

Hail Mary – Lionheart

Who is your favorite comedian?

Jim Brewer, Peter Russell

What is your favorite warm weather activity?


What is your favorite warm weather treat?


Last but not least, is there anything you’d like to say to your fans?

Thanks for all your support and stay METAL !

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