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Boston based rock group “Gone for Days” originated in 2010 after lead vocalist Chris Taylor had left his current band Vegas Temper. His vision was to pursue a different songwriting direction that was more personal to him as a writer. Through a mutual management relationship, Taylor had met guitarist Jesse Hatch who at the time was in Florida and just accepted a job with a Universal Record label doing radio promotion, touring, as well as artist development in Nashville Tennessee.
Ironically enough the radio promo stuff was done for various hip hop artists such as Flo-Rida (Atlantic Records) Boa (SM) Jon B (Arsenal/Universal) and some of Cee lows artists such as Eddie Fontane. The staff soon recognized Hatch’s talent for songwriting and was soon outsourced as a songwriter. Hatch was still looking for a similar song writing situation as Taylor and the two forged a long-distance writing partnership, and would soon record what would be the first songs of the Gone For Days project.
After catching the attention of major labels and management firms, Taylor and Hatch decided that it was crucial to live closer to one another. Jesse packed up his life in Nashville and moved to New England to unite with Taylor to build the band in its entirety.
It was now time for Chris and Jesse to complete the rest of what would become “Gone For Days”. Since Jesse had done some extensive studio work with A list studio musicians in Nashville, he knew who he could call for the bass player position. In the past Jesse had worked on a project in Nashville with vocalist and bassist Christopher Dickman.
The Gone For Days project was over 1,000 miles away, yet Jesse immediately texted Chris to brush up on his bass playing skills and asked Dickman to come to Boston for an audition. Determined to shine at the audition, Chris learned every GFD song in less than two weeks. After the auditioned, Dickman was accepted into the project and like Jesse, left Nashville and all his current recording projects to pursue Gone for Days full-time.
The final component of Gone For Days was getting the right person on drums. They needed a drummer that was not just a drummer however brought to the table a personality that could blend well with a diverse bunch of guys. Taylor being no stranger to the scene and having worked with many decide it was time to rekindle a relationship from 5 years prior with his old pal Justin Pacy.
Justin was the aggressive player that the band was looking for. His influences come from jazz, blues; funk however his strong hold is on contemporary rock bands such as Sevendust, Killswtich Engage and some classics like Kiss. They would now share the stage as “Gone For Days” with the lineup complete.
Possessing a likable, arena-rock amalgamation of grunge, alternative, and nu metal, Boston’s Gone For Days are at once emotional and straight-ahead. Singer Chris Taylor possesses an Eddie Vedder earnestness and a Chad Kroeger immediacy all rolled into one, that on hard-hitting tunes like “Craving” even takes on a Cobain-like urgency.
Ranging from acoustic-based yet lush midtempo rockers such as “Shotgun,” to the bashing tongue-in-cheek power of “Money,” or to the brilliantly edgy Nickelback-ish “Guilty Pleasure,” right down to the dynamic and direct “Sick Of Saving You,” the 7-song-strong, upcoming Gone For Days Ep, is an assured, accomplished, and varied debut likely to resonate in a big way with rock fans of many tastes and temperaments.
And while we await the release of the debut Ep, Gone For Days have had their first single “Guilty Pleasure” hit heavy rotation on Sirius XM Octane.
The single displays the band’s ability for inking powerhouse tunes with heartwarming and memorable catch-phrases, hooks and riffs. Although gritty and hard, “Guilty Pleasure” is uncannily accessible, and it should surprise no-one if it manages to propel itself onto mainstream radio and remain there.
What gives Gone For Days an upper hand over its peers is the intensity and raw passion they put in. The band also dispense realistic storytelling that listeners can relate to, and musically they seem to know exactly what people want and precisely how far they can go with it.
This way GFD manage to keep their hardcore power sound within easy reach of the masses, while never loosing the cult hard rock following.
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