Formed in 2012, Devour The Day is born from the brain trust of Joey Chicago (Bass, Vocals, Songwriter) and Blake Allison (Lead singer, Guitar, Songwriter and Producer). After the breakup of their highly successful band Egypt Central, Blake and Joey sought to strike out on their own, this time doing EVERYTHING themselves, knowing that it all rested on their shoulders. And the result is a great debut album, Time & Pressure. I caught up with Blake by phone this week to hear about their tour with Hinder, Candlebox, and Open Air Stereo. We also discussed homemade voice remedies, conventional and otherwise. The tour rolls into Dallas on Wednesday October 23, at Southside Music Hall. Make sure you get there early to see Devour The Day, and to help out with the band’s current Kickstarter video campaign, click HERE.
What's the difference in you now, than say over the past decade in your other project?
Blake: In this project, the first difference is I’m singing this time. I played drums last time around. This is a much cleaner thing. We’re a two man group. Joey and I are the writers, producers, and we don’t have too many cooks in the kitchen. It’s all on our backs, and we’re excited that our hard work is paying off. It gives us great peace of mind knowing that we have a hand in where we are today. It’s very humbling, and we’re very happy to be here.
How's your tour experience been thus far with Hinder and Candlebox?
Blake: Candlebox, what a great band! I’ve had the pleasure of hanging out with Kevin Martin (singer) and he’s just such a strong personality and an amazing singer. It’s kind of rough for a newbie out here (laughs), I’m not gonna lie to you. I got great singers all around me, so I’m trying to keep up! And Hinder has Jared (Weeks) from Saving Abel singing for them, and he’s a natural. It’s a really good show from front to back. I feel like us, Open Air Stereo, Hinder, and Candlebox, we all put on a great show for everybody. It’s a little rough, but we’re living the dream. We’re just so happy to be out here, you know?
How’s the voice holding up?
Blake: Oh my God, shredded! These monster singers are all around me and I’m just trying to keep up. You know, the tea with honey helps.
(I tell him about my old remedy of hot water with melted butter, expecting stunned shock)
Blake: (Laughing) Hey, I’m all for trying any home remedies!!
How do you perform live, with musicians, or backing tracks?
Blake: We have two guys with us, David Hoffman on guitar, and Ronnie Farris on drums. We’ve got a real solid band. Both of them are such great players at such a young age and they’re great guys, too. It’s a real smooth camp, we’re all excited to be here and these guys just can’t wait to get onstage. We’re glad to have’em!
Kickstarter is such a cool way to enlist the help and connect with fans! How's the response to that?
Blake: If you go check it out, we’ve got under 20 backers and we’ve already raised somewhere north of $8000. There are some really generous people out there. And what we’re gonna do is make a video that is centered around our fans, friends, and family. Without them we couldn’t have breathed life into Joey’s and my music. So we wanna do a video that showcases how they feel about the music that we’ve made. People are making 10-15 second videos on their phones as to why they support Devour the Day that Joey and I are gonna showcase to the music. And we’re offering cool stuff as a reward, from acoustic shows, to a full live gig in their garage!
What do you do when you're not writing/working?
Blake: Eating and sleeping!! I realized that’s one of the biggest things out here on the road is plenty of sleep and a good diet to promote healing.
You guys married or have kids?
Blake: Not me. But Joey has two beautiful little kids, a boy and a girl.
What would you like to say to all the Devour The Day fans?
Blake: I just wanna say thank you for making this happen. Joey and I were in a really rough spot for a little while and we didn’t know what we were going to do, but because of your enthusiasm and your devotion and help we are able to continue playing music, so thank you.
Blake, it was a pleasure talking to you, and I’m so glad I got turned onto the record! Good luck the rest of the tour and I’ll see you next week in Dallas.
Blake: My pleasure, make sure you come to the merch table and say Hey!
This is really gonna be one terrific show, guys! Make sure you come out early and support Devour The Day!!