Back to the Grind: A Labor of Love
Published: Friday, January 24, 2014
Updated: Friday, January 24, 2014 00:01
Although Daily Grind has only been together since March of last year, they are already set to release their first, full-length album, “The Green Plan,” on March 14 and will begin a national tour of over 20 cities just one week after the debut of the album. The Pittsburgh-based, alternative rock quartet, comprised of Brad Hammer (guitar/lead vocals), Myles Mahoney (lead guitar/vocals), Matt Majot (bass/vocals) and Chris Petteys (drums), is looking forward to this new chapter in their musical careers and the opportunities that travelling the country will bring them.
Almost one year ago, the group performed a cover of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ song “Don’t Forget Me” that ignited the spark between the four friends and provided the aha moment that convinced them of their potential. The Red Hot Chili Peppers remain a heavy influence in the band’s music, as do Incubus, the Arctic Monkeys, Muse, Queens of the Stone Age and, perhaps more surprisingly, Biggie Smalls.
“We’re alternative rock. I think we have a little bit more of a hip-hop undertone than just straight alternative rock; I think that is what we’re going for. So hopefully that kind of sound will continue to get developed,” Hammer said.
While fans should be on the lookout for a future hip-hop infusion, they can definitely expect to hear a more unified sound come the release of the album. “The Green Plan” will certainly capture the band’s fresh and limitless approach to writing music.
“We never have the verse, pre-chorus, chorus, verse, pre-chorus, chorus, bridge, chorus, done. We always kind of differ it up from the last song,” Majot said of their technique.
“It’s going to be pretty eclectic. We don’t have a ton of stuff that sounds identical,” Hammer said.
Daily Grind suggests that newcomers to their music listen to the track “Hazy” from their new album to get a feel for their sound and style.
“It’s trippy; it’s got like the Arctic Monkey sound. There’s a lot of space in the song. Just soft lyrics on top of a driving bass,” Majot says of the track.
“It’s definitely one of our more orchestrated kinds of songs. There’s a lot more levels, there’s a little bit more effects,” Mahoney added.
Although Daily Grind’s future looks promising now, initially playing the Pittsburgh music scene was far from an easy start.
“Pittsburgh is more a sports town than a music town,” Hammer said. “People don’t really get the artsy thing here.”
While this impervious environment might have discouraged some, the band grew despite the struggle and managed to thrive in a less than ideal environment.
“I guess with it not being a great music town, you’ve got to probably play a little bit better just to get people interested. So I’d say in that regard, it’s made us work harder for the things we do get,” Hammer said.
Daily Grind’s hard work will finally pay off later this year when they embark on their three-month, national tour.
“I think what I’m looking forward to most is to finally get that chance to go with the music that I’m creating with my brothers in the Daily Grind and really just kind of go out and hit people with it,” Petteys said.
The four members are both humble and realistic and more than willing to put in the grueling work that will ensure their success.
“I think we’re going to be one of those bands where nothing happens overnight and we’re just going to grind it out as we can. I think we’ve got probably three or four grueling tours where we’re broke and sleeping on each other in a van and you know put out as many albums as we can until we get a definitive sound,” Majot said. “I think we’re just gonna be that band that has 13 albums and 10 tours under our belt before anyone’s like, ‘Oh look at these guys.’”
The band’s positive outlook and perseverance is embodied in their name. Majot says that the title came to them when thinking about what they and their fans could relate to: the daily grind of everyday life.
“I know for us particularly, we’re doing this because we absolutely love music, like we’re addicted to it and it gets us through our daily grind. People can come out and have a good time and forget about their daily grind for a minute,” Majot said.
With a motto of “stay grinding” that is both a reminder to the band itself and to its listeners, Daily Grind certainly has the right attitude to be successful in the music world. Combine this with their powerful music and Daily Grind is poised to broaden its fan base and truly impress on its national tour. To experience their energy and passion firsthand, check out their D.C. show April 3 and visit their Facebook page to download their music.