Another Day Dawns is a hard rock band hailing from North Eastern Pennsylvania. It’s comprised of: Dakota Sean (vocals), Tyler Ritter (guitar), Jerome Betz (bass), and Nick McGeehan (drums). The band have just released a retina-blitzing video alongside new single ‘Forget Me Not’, and we spoke to Dakota Sean about the video as well as all things Another Day Dawns related…
What are the origins of the band, how long have you been playing together?
“We started out in 2011 playing cover songs, until about 2015 when we decided to take this to the next step and began writing our own songs and really putting our own sound together.”
How did you feel performing your first gig together? And how was it?!
“It was a lot of fun. It was nerve-wracking. We were 12 – 14 years old. There were a lot of mistakes but it happens”.
What should people expect when they check the band out? How would you describe yourself?
“Definitely a lot of different genres. It can vary from album to album or track to track. We’ve got a couple of different things going on. In your face metal and then slow stuff. Be prepared for anything”.
You’ve just released a very striking video for ‘Forget Me Not’, what was the theme behind the video? Who came up with the idea for the video?
“Main theme was to really work off The Silence Of The Lambs, that was a huge inspiration behind this. We made it a lot more twisted. Our videographer Cyrus really nailed it. Our management team had a lot of input and helped put it all together.”
The ‘Strangers’ EP was released at the turn of the year, would it sound different if it was written and recorded today?
“I don’t think so, no. It’s not that long of a way ago. I’d say if you asked us if we wrote this a few more years ago then definitely.”
ADD has supported acts as diverse as Swedish loons Avatar, Buckcherry, and Hinder, how was Avatar first of all! And, what band out there at the minute do you feel that you would be best suited to open for? The best fit?
“Avatar was great. Very down to earth, welcoming and always took the time to hang with us. I’d say definitely Asking Alexandria, Seether and Chevelle”.
The new music scene is bursting at the seams with talent, in what ways do you feel that a band has to stand out from the others trying to build a name?
“Definitely songwriting. Live shows are also a huge part. You definitely want to make a name for yourself and stand out from the rest in any way possible.”
Who do you feel is the next band to break out?
What are your first musical memories? And what was the lightbulb moment that made you go “I want to do that”?
“I remember it was, I was younger. I was playing guitar hero and my dad was downstairs getting dressed because he had a show. We went to the show and I remember everyone wanting to meet him, take photos, etc. I thought to myself, I want to do that”.
In your opinion, what makes a song memorable?
“Definitely a catchy hook. It could be a guitar hook. Some musicianship as well. You don’t cut and dry.”
What was the last gig that you attended as a fan?
“Honestly it might have been about 2 years ago. Some friends and I went to see Slipknot and Korn. We got backstage and hung out. It was a really cool experience.”
What current issue are you particularly passionate about?
“Honestly, peace. Everyone needs to find peace”.
The album that you have in your album collection/spotify playlist that would surprise most people?
“I don’t think I have anything too out of whack, I have some Prince on there.”
What are your plans for the remainder of 2020?
“Hopefully writing some more kick ass songs and looking forward to 2021. We are just taking these couple of months to get stronger and tighter as a band and be prepared for the stuff we have coming up in 2021.”
How active are you on social media and where can people connect with you?
“We try to be. It’s always a band member answering messages on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. If not, it’s our management and they let us know what’s going on. We have all socials: