Devour the Day interview
Little did Stephen King know that when he penned his novella “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption” some 30 years ago, it would one day be the inspiration for the birth of a hard rock band from Memphis, Tennessee. That band, Devour the Day, released its debut album “Time & Pressure” May 7 on Fat Lady Music. On May 6, frontman Blake Allison phoned in from the band’s mad dash to get ready for its first tour. He talked about the passing of his former band, the birth of Devour the Day, and its debut album.
The story of Devour the Day goes back more than a dozen years. Even before Allison and bassist/songwriting partner Joey ‘Chicago’ Walser began the journey known as Egypt Central. One decade and two albums later, that band came to an uninspired finish. The other half of the band walked away, leaving Chicago and Allison adrift without immediate direction, but still committed.
The duo stepped back and realized the passion still burned within them. They still had something to say, and the determination to convey their message. Allison,who had been Egypt Central‘s drummer was convinced to pick up his guitar and be the voice of Devour the Day. On May 11 at the Machine Shop in Flint, Michigan, Allison will get his first opportunity to take the stage as a frontman. He admits to some apprehension at the prospect, but it is mixed with a good deal of optimism and excitement:
“I’m nervous as hell, but at the same time, it doesn’t feel any different. Hopefully, I won’t go up there and suck.” (laughs)
Allison and Chicago played all the music on the debut album, with longtime friend Skidd Mills (Saliva, Saving Abel, Rev Theory) producing. To bring the album to life on stage former Egypt Central bandmate Jeff James returns on lead guitar, and Dustin Schoenhofer (Walls of Jericho, Bury Your Dead) will handle the stick work behind the kit.
Devour the Day‘s debut, “Time & Pressure” is primarily a message of empowerment, and in our interview below Allison shares the story of how the tale of Andy Dufresne and the Shawshank Redemption inspired the title and the feel of the album:
“An educated man, through time and pressure can chip his way through rock. We have all these things in our lives that try to hold us back and put us in prison. But if you just apply yourself and take it one chiseled rock at a time, you can achieve your goals.”
It’s a powerful message, and it is one that resonates throughout the band’s music. The first single “Good Man” is a prime example of this, and the song is blowing up active rock radio. Check out the interview, get your ears on “Time & Pressure” and check the band’s website for their upcoming tour dates.