Getting to Know… Gone By Daylight 10/23/11
I came across Gone By Daylight a few months back, while watching a YouTube video of the band being styled and photographed by friends of mine. Hailing from Chicopee, MA this motley foursome has been rocking out hard since middle school. I had the wonderful opportunity to speak with lead vocalist, Eric Paquette on GBD’s humbles beginnings and current makings of a rock ‘n roll whirlwind…
Eric and I conducted an interview about the past and present of his GBD days…
EX: Where did the name Gone By Daylight come from?
EP: Gone By Daylight can mean anything you want basically. It could mean a one night stand, it could mean Batman, it could mean a hooker, or even an owl. It’s one of things where we
want to let people decide what it is for themselves.
EX: How long have you been performing as GBD?
EP: Jordan, Shaanan, and I have been playing together since middle school. Jeff joined last February Our first release was in 2005… but the past two years made us feel like we’re a new
a band. We’ve worked harder and spent more time writing and crafting our sound.
EX: What inspires your lyrics most?
EP: My lyrics are always about real experiences. People and relationships inspire me the most. Not just boyfriend/girlfriend relationships, but friends too, even enemies. I never write about what I don’t know, which is why all our songs are pretty much autobiographical. We have a few party rock kinda songs too… and we definitely have experience in the partying area as well.
EX: What would be your favorite guest collaboration for the new record?
EP: Guest collaborator…hmmmm. Well, I would love to write a track with or have Butch Walker produce one of our songs. We are huge fans of him as an artist and producer. Jordan and I saw him last night in Boston and it was absolutely mind blowing!
EX: Describe Gone By Daylight’s sounds, and what makes you more competitive generic rock bands out there, you guys are REAL MUSICIANS!
EP: We started off as a pop punk band when we started playing when we started playing in middle school… we always threw in our classic rock roots as well. Over the years we’ve matured a lot and so many sounds came into the mix. We have many different ways we go about writing songs. Some are super rocked out attitude in the vein of Guns ‘N Roses. And, some are very singer-songwriter. We try to balance the different feels to give us our own sound. People kind of describe us as a Jimmy Eat World meets Jet kind of band.
EX: What are some of your favorite songs to perform live/acoustic?
EP: It’s hard to pick favorite songs. We like all our tunes for different reasons ‘Blackout’ is a new song we’ve been working that is just a super fast high octane rock song. The energy level is insane and it’s just so much fun to rock one live. The adrenaline rush is intense. But, then we have songs like, ‘How Do I Let Go’ which are more personal and really hit a deep emotional level between us and the crowd, and that feeling is amazing!
EX: What is your favorite venue to perform at in New England, and otherwise?
EP: Favorite New England venue…hmmmm… that’s hard. We really enjoy playing at Arlene Grocery in NYC. Pearl Street in Northampton is amazing too. We grew up playing there too, so it’s great to come back and play that stage.
EX: What’s your most memorable experience with a fan?
EP: We have amazing fans. Hard to pick one experience because, it NEVER gets old or loses feeling when you’re sharing a moment with someone and singing together at a live show. The connection people can have through music is what I live for. We’ve had some fans make us little things like custom shirts and photo albums and tour packages and even bottles of whiskey. We save all those things in a giant box GBD memorabilia we’ve collected over the years. It’s pretty cool when people drive three-four hours to see us.
EX: You guys seem like really cool dudes, do you have any advice for budding rock bands?
EP: Well every day we are still constantly learning about what it really takes to be in a serious band. The most important thing is to NEVER give up when people tell you that you can’t do something, use it as fuel to prove them wrong. There are no guarantees in the music business, and there are setbacks constantly. But, if you believe in yourself and your music, you will go probably couldn’t have gone if it wasn’t for your music.
Being in a band is like a marriage too. So always try to be understanding of each other and keep the friendship in the forefront.
EX: What can we look forward to on the new record?
EP: There is no release date yet. But we’ve started mixing some tracks and putting them up on YouTube and they are streaming on our Facebook.
EX: Are you guys planning a full blown tour… If so, any dates lined up?
EP:We are not on tour yet because we are still in the studio every week and still writing between MA, CT, and LA. Though we rock out in Western MA, Hartford, Boston, and NYC monthly. Once we put out an album, then, tour, it is. We can’t wait to tour!!!
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