Dead By Wednesday

Starting off, as expected, the day was hectic for the guys in Dead By Wednesday. Between trying to get a moment to eat, dealing with the next venues crud, we actually had a good moment to chat, with Rob Roy (vocals), Opus (drums) and Dave Sharpe (guitar) at a local Mexican restaurant near Roscoe’s, in West Allis. Recently, DBW dropped their self-entitled album, with the Shred and Dead Midwest Tour in support of the new album.
Dead By Wednesday band pic
Hi guys, congrats on your new self-titled (“DbW”) album. As you already know we have chosen it as the “Album of the Month” on Grande Rock!
DBW: Hell yeah man, thank you!!!
How did you decide to release a special edition of your new eponymous album with three bonus tracks?
Rob: We released it as a Vinyl “LP”, which has a digital download of the full album and two bonus covers. One being Megadeth’s “Symphony of Destruction, and the being Van Halen’s, “Un-chained”.
What is the significance of naming an album after the band’s name? Bands usually do that on their debut albums.
Rob: I think it was just because we hadn’t done it yet. There wasn’t too much more than that.
What do the lyrics talk about? Which are your major lyrics’ influences?
Rob: There a couple of ideas on this album. World, humanity issues, for one. The lyrics are included in the fold-out in the album. “Darwin’s Dance” encapsulates the issues with humanity that I see.
Which are those elements that separate your new album from your previous albums?
Rob: I joined in 2015, so this was the first one we put together as the current band.
How would you characterize “Dead By Wednesday” and what are your expectations from the new album?
Dave: We would characterize DBW as a stripped down diverse Heavy Metal band. The members’ tastes comprise a large palette of musical tastes. However our focus is on composing fun heavy anthems. While we layered some guitars and vocals in the studio, we play with no backing or click tracks live and believe in an organic approach. Our expectations for the new album are to increase our level of exposure and cross over a bit to the larger heavy radio rotations, both digital and terrestrial (without compromising our style). We hit the road a few times touring the states not only to maintain circuits we traveled before but also to expand our reach, especially on the west coast. It’s been fun meeting fans old and new and would like to keep the party rolling!
How did the cooperation with Combat Records occur? How’s working with David Ellefson and how much has he helped you on the whole?
Rob: The album was written before we signed with Combat Records. We went on tour with Dave around Thanksgiving, and it kind of developed from there.
Opus: Actually, in the 90’s, Dave was going to manage my old band, Gargantua Soul. It didn’t happen. It was a rap-rock band and we went a different direction. We went with the tour manager of Rage Against The Machine, which fit the style we were playing. But Dave and I stayed in touch. And throughout the years, I heard that Dave started a label; EMP Label Group. At that point, I hit him up, and sent him the newest work that we had at the time. Dave mentioned that I really don’t do that part of the business, and contact Thom, who is now his partner. I basically harassed him, followed him around at NAMM, and was up his a** the whole time. At the end of the week, Thom said, “call me on Monday, we’ll work it out”. I called him on Monday, and I didn’t get an answer. So, I kinda gave up, thinking this wasn’t going to happen. I started posting that we were looking for management. Thom wrote to me wondering what happened and thought everything was working out. I mentioned that I haven’t heard from you. So, he had a chance to listen to the album. Within ten minutes of listening to it, he thought it was awesome. Thom wanted to produce this album and from there, Dave started doing his book promo tour with a clinic style acoustic session. During that time, Dave contacted me. He was telling me about the tour, and wanted to know if there are any venues in the Connecticut area that I knew of. I helped him put together a couple of shows, and from there, the relationship grew. The shows were good, and we stayed in touch. Then our album came out, and then basically the rest is history.
How’s the fans’ reactions been to the new songs on your live shows so far?
Rob: We had a great response overall. This tour allowed us to really see how the songs translated live.
Do you prefer to be on the road or in the studio writing and recording?
Dave: Each has its pluses and minuses and requires a specific mindset. I would say being on the road. We love performing, interacting with everyone and making in different sites. The writing process is always happening, so it’s not too difficult to get to the studio if required.
How did you come up with the name Dead By Wednesday initially?
Dave: The name was based on years of touring in other bands. The first week always starts strong but by the next one you feel “Dead by Wednesday”.
How would you describe your music style to someone that hasn’t heard of you before?
Dave: We don’t really classify ourselves as any genre. We have a little less of the hardcore like how the first albums were, but there’s still some of it there. Like “Beat Down and Broken”, there’s a little of that hardcore element there, but other than that, we try not to fall into any genre. We can call ourselves metal, that way we can do whatever we want, and not fall into those sub-genres.