CITY OF ORIGIN: Colton
MEMBERS AND INSTRUMENTS: Joey Nichy (vocals); Billy Haig (bass, vocals); Adrian Maude (lead guitar, vocals); Adam Dashwood (rhythm guitar, vocals); Brian Dropkin (drums, samples)
RECENT RELEASE: Pretty Girls with Ugly Boys (Pluto Records, 2005); Deadly Like The Snake (coming in late 2008)
If there’s something you should know about Colton-based rockers Divide The Day, it’s that bassist Billy Haig is “a stunningly sexy man,” according to smitten drummer Brian Dropkin (we’ve yet to see Haig in the flesh, so we can’t verify such claims, but the pics do him justice). Yeah, it’s sorta nepotistic for Dropkin to say that, but he’s really charmed by his four-stringed comrade. “Ladies, if you wish to see what kind of man it takes to win over a beastly stud like myself, please come to a show and check out the magnificent Billy Haig. You won’t regret it. He’s a scorcher!”
Haig’s actually one of the reasons Divide The Day even exists, as he launched the act five years ago with singer Joe Nichy. The band’s gone through a few incarnations since (“It’s tough living in a small van with people you are not sure share your same views and goals in life,” says Dropkin), but finally solidified its current crew earlier this year.
Influenced by classics like the Doors and The Who, to more modern acts like Stone Temple Pilots, Clutch, Norma Jean and Every Time I Die, DTD just wrapped tracking its forthcoming release, Deadly Like The Snake, with producer extraordinaire Fred Archambault (Avenged Sevenfold, Deftones).
Dropkin hopes that DTD will go as far as humanly possible and is ridiculously appreciative of the love his act’s received in the Inland Empire thus far. “Thanks to everyone who has ever come out to a show, supported DTD, bought some merch, bought us a drink, kissed us, hugged us, housed us, clothed us, fed us, etc,” he gushes. “We love you and the music we make is for you as much as it is for us. We respond to everyone personally and we wish to one day meet every single one of our fans.”
It’s time to form a line, kids. (Waleed Rashidi)
Divide The Day at Boompa’s Pizza, 23579 Sunnymead Ranch #121, Moreno Valley. Thurs, July 17, 7PM; at Red Planet Records, 6192 Magnolia Ave., Riverside. Sun, 7PM, $5.