Day Old Hate: Busting Out Of Leeds
Day Old Hate is an up-and-coming alternative band from Leeds, UK and they are more than ready to pop rock your world! First Light is their latest EP, jammed packed with wildly infectious tunes such as Don’t Chase Me and Fifteen that will jangle away in your head for ages! Here is a recent interview we conducted with guitarist Ben Fletcher to find out more about this dynamic collective ready to bust out of Leeds in an epic way. Read on…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Day Old Hate, and how long the band has been together.
Hello! My name is Benj, I play guitar and do a tiny bit of backing vocals in the band Day Old Hate. We have been in this line-up since early 2012 but the origin of the band probably goes back as far as late 2010 when we were just little teeny boppers.
Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
So we all live in and around Leeds and that’s where we base ourselves, previously we have been based around Sheffield but that was only because 4 out of 5 of us were at university there. The music scene in Leeds is pretty good, there are some cracking venues spread across the city and some decent bands also. There’s a band that we’ve known for quite a while called Kasiuss, they’ve just started releasing new music and those bands are pretty damn good! Go check them out!
Is there any story or concept behind the album title First Light?
I think the whole concept and meaning behind the EP is not letting people dictate what you do in life and to just follow your dreams. As a band we’ve been through a bit of a rough ride, we feel as though we are coming towards the light at the end of the tunnel now, hence, First Light!!
Select two songs from First Light and what inspired the lyrics.
First Light – The opening track is all about what I said previously, about opening the door to realize that your dreams / ambitions are actually achievable and to not let people bring you down.
Don’t Chase Me – The song is about dealing with people’s negativity towards your life style and your ambitions. It’s about being positive and leaving those people behind who at the end of the day, are probably going to be in the same position doing a job they hate while hopefully, you’re on the way to achieving your ambitions and are living your life to the full.
What could one expect from a live Day Old Hate show?
Plenty of energy and passion is what goes into our shows, probably too much sometimes. On our last tour we were going for it that much, we actually knocked a guitar head off the speaker as it was rocking back and forth. It caused a bit of damage but luckily it was the last song…
How did you wind up on a show with Snoop Dog and what was that experience like? Did you get to meet and hang out with Snoop Dog at all?
We simply got an invite to play Y Not Festival from getting to know people in the industry, I think Snoop had played the night before so we didn’t get to meet him or anything which we were gutted about. The whole experience was amazing though, we played at about 3pm, so we were on the beers straight after.
If Day Old Hate could open up for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
I’m sure every member will have a different opinion on this but for me it would have be someone like Linkin Park. Even though they are really quite different to us, just opening for someone like that would be amazing. I’d probably be fangirling as soon as I met them. The influence they’ve had on me is just huge! Hybrid Theory is the main reason that I am in a band today.
Any strange or scary happenings while on the road or at a show?
On our last tour, our guitarist Will was driving to Manchester and the van just lost all its power in the middle lane. We managed to pull over and open up the bonnet only to find that there was no oil left at all! We filled it up and were getting up speed again in the hard shoulder but no one would let us in, all of sudden there were road works about 100 metres away in the hard shoulder which we were doing 70 in!! Will had to slam on, everyone went flying forward, all our bags went flying and took our drummer Ed out, it wasn’t a pretty site as we were all scattered around the back of the van. It took Will about 10 minutes to stop swearing at all the truckers that wouldn’t let us out, he flipped big time!
The Queen of England invites Day Old Hate to play one song at a Royal Command Performance. What song would you play for Her Majesty and guests and why?
That’s a tough one! I’d probably play Minutes / Hours / Days off our EP and try and get a sing along / mosh pit going! It went down pretty well on tour so why not play at royal command! Get the Queen in the middle of a circle pit swinging her crown around, I’m sure Prince Harry would be up for it.
Have you ever played in the States or plan to do so in future days? If so, what was the experience like?
We haven’t ever played in the states but it’s definitely something we want to do in the future. I think it’s important that we establish ourselves in the U.K. first before we even attempt to go ever there. The money it would cost just to get a visa makes it extremely hard for a band like ours. Hopefully we can continue to grow as a band and get across there in the next couple of years.
What’s up next for Day Old Hate?
We will be back in the studio over the summer recording a new record and hopefully playing a few festivals. The new EP is our priority at the moment but we will definitely continue to play as many gigs as possible over the next 3-4 months.
Any final words of wisdom?
Remember people, if you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up to much room.
Day Old Hate is:
Oliver Swift – Vocals
Ben Fletcher – Guitar
Will Smith – Guitar
Josh Flynn – Bass
Ed Dennis – Drums/Vocals
(Interview by Ken Morton)
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