All the Day Holiday Interview
I first met All the Day Holiday back when they were Against the Nations, and were playing at Fourth and Main, a coffeehouse that a few friends and I owned. I just made about eight phone calls trying to remember who they opened for, but apparently we were all too busy looking at girls at the time. It was either Anathallo, Airline, or Goodwen, according to Drew Dykstra. Either way, they didn’t really leave an impression. They were also, what? fourteen? fifteen? You couldn’t really blame them. They were too busy looking at girls too.
Well, friends, the band has grown up. They’ve changed names, changed sounds, and got dang tastier. Check it out at www.myspace.com/allthedayholiday. We wanted to see how well they’ve grown, so, we set our resident X-men theologian, Chuck Smith, to catch up with the boys.
Pause: So, what is the song writing process you use? Do you jam it out or are you meticulous with the way you write?
Dan Simmons: I would say that our song writing process particularly, is, most often, an idea brought to the table. Normally it’s not at practice. Normally, one of us will be playing by ourselves, practicing, and we’ll have an idea. We’ll have a couple different parts we have to put together and we’ll try out at practice, but normally it’s an idea brought to the table and everyone has their ideas and inputs. It’s not really a jam, sometimes we will jam with it, but it really is rather particular the way we go into it. As far as lyrics go, that normally comes after the song. We’ll get the feel of the song then write them.
Pause: Who is the main lyricist?
DS: I write most of the lyrics, but i’m always open to any other lyrics that are brought in that fit the song.
Pause: When you went to record your cd, did you have the songs formatted exactly as you wanted them, or did the recording process help you in the writing process and locking down the way you wanted your songs?
Mark Ventura: For me, it helped hearing my drum parts recorded. Once it was officially recorded, we were like, “ok, this is what we’re gonna go with.” It helped us look at what we had written already and evaluate how we want to play it live. How we want future things to sound. With this current recording there are things we are pleased with, and then there’s things we look at, and say “ok, this is where we were at then,” and see what direction we want to go and how we can mature from that.
DS: Every time we have recorded our song writing doesn’t necessarily change drastically, but it improves drastically. We see what we don’t like about our writing style in the songs we have just written and new, more mature batch of songs come out from that.
Pause: Speaking of direction, in the last year it seems you have set a solid path for what you want your sound to be, where are you going from here?
MV: I’d like to be on tour and doing this full time.
Nathan Frisch: The four of us haven’t been together for very long, we’ve changed a lot and have a lot of changing left to do. Still, to be honest, i like where we are headed. I don’t know where we are headed, but i like the songs we have been writing. They are different. I’m excited to see the direction God is taking us.
DS: Our new direction is to continue to grow. We have so much to do as far as musicianship goes. A place that i’d like to be is writing towards a new record. Actually, i’d like to get a full length out nationally.
Pause: what is your purpose, your driving cause as a band?
David Roller: We all have a huge passion for people and the things going on in the world. We are heavily influenced by Jesus and the Holy Spirit, and we want people to experience the same things that we are experiencing, as far as God goes.
DS: The initial things are just dreams of ours. II feel like God has given all of us a great passion for this and a love for this. He has continued to build on that and let us grow and want that even more; and that is from God, all of our dreams are. Through every song we write and everything we do, we want people to experience the Holy Spirit through at our shows, experience happiness, if money becomes something God blesses us with in the band, we would love to help the poor. We want to make an impact in this world. We don’t want to be some band that just puts out a couple records. W e want to be used by God through this band.
MV: We won’t deny our faith in Christ, but, we want to steer clear of people saying “oh, they’re a christian band.” I’d like to be known as a band that plays with the Spirit.
DR: I don’t want to say I’m part of a christian band and all of our songs are about God and it stops there.
MV: Yeah, some of our songs are about girls.
DS: No, they aren’t.
NF: I wouldn’t mind being called a christian band, but i don’t want to just travel around playing churches trying to get christian kids to buy our cds. I want to play bars and clubs and have people impacted and not looking down on us for being christians, but respecting us for being real and making good music.
Pause: How has your history, playing a different style with a different name, affected your approach to this band?
MV: Where we were is where we don’t want to be. We learned what kind of shows to play and what kind of shows not to play. It changed the way things are done with all the day holiday. It was like a test run for this band.
DS: We did get a head start for All the Day Holiday. We had written music and played shows together. It helped us to grow as musicians. It was continual steps of growth. When we changed our name though, we changed our band. We were different, but everything we did before affected us as musicians and as a band.
Pause: Was it hard to overcome preconceived notions when you first changed to All the Day Holiday from Against the Nations. Were people jjudging you by your old band?
DR: There are still people who haven’t listened to us since, because they heard us once before we changed our name.
DS: It’s starting to change. A lot of people didn’t like All the Day Holiday cause they liked the harder stuff. There were people who didn’t like Against the Nations and were afraid to like All the Day Holiday. Unfortunately, when we started All the Holiday, we didn’t have anything recorded so people didn’t know what we sounded like. It was definitely hard, but it’s not a big deal.
NF: The most challenging thing was to regain respect because i think there were more people that disliked Against the Nations than like it.
DS: Some people who liked Against the Nations have grown with us and still like us now.
Pause: What do you guys do to keep yourself occupied on the road?
MV: Game Boy. I’ve been playing a lot of pokemon blue lately. I recently bought a psp, so thats gonna be the new thing.
DR: Me and Nathan have been trying to solve the rubics cube, but it’s not workin out. I read books, or do soduko and listen to my ipod.
DS: The radio in our van sucks, and the speakers are aweful. So we listen to music, we read, sometimes do homework if we have it. We talk to each other. We actually have numerous deep conversations. That’s what occupies most of our time. Honestly, we grow a lot through that. We talk about what changes we need to make as a band and what things need to be done in the future, or what shows we want to play.