Stay grinding

90s reincarnate Daily Grind bump at Bob’s

By Justin Kreitzer

Photo: Daily Grind’s Myles Mahoney, Matt Majot, and Brad Hammer hit Bob’s July 23; photo: Pat Hogan

The Pittsburgh-based alt-rock band Daily Grind recently released their long-awaited and highly anticipated debut album, I Did Those Things, via Misra Records. The emerging quartet—consisting of vocalist and guitarist Brad Hammer, bassist Matt Majot, drummer Reid Campbell, and guitarist Myles Mahoney—create an energetic blend of crunchy, blues-soaked guitar riffs and infectiously catchy alternative rock melodies that bring to mind the modern rock acts that used to dominate the radio during the late ‘90s and early 2000s such as Incubus, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the Black Keys. Recorded briskly to capture their spirited live energy, the album was recorded during a two-month span at the Wilderness Recording Studio by producer and engineer J Vega (White Wives, Roger Harvey) and mastered by Grammy Award winner Kramer (Galaxie 500, Low). It is led by the super-charged standout single, “Haystack,” with its rumbling, bass-led rhythm and soaring, arena-worthy chorus and melodic guitar solo.

True to its name, the band has been hustling and grinding since its inception with a D.I.Y. approach, which started as members handing out self-recorded demos at local house shows and led to them booking tours and playing live as much as they possibly could throughout the nation over the last couple of years.  Now that their efforts have been recognized by the Pittsburgh-based Misra Records, they have no plans to slow down any time soon.  In fact, their plan for worldwide domination starts with the lengthy tour they’re currently doing in support of the album, which includes hitting the Buckeye state hard with shows in Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland, and Dayton. They will be making a stop at Blind Bob’s in the Oregon District on Saturday, July 23 to play along with Dead Tuth, Scarecrow Sideshow and Beesly.

In anticipation, Dayton City Paper spoke with the fun-loving and free-spirited Brad Hammer and Myles Mahoney of the band to learn more about the inspiration behind their new album, some of their least obvious influences, Pittsburgh sports teams, Panda Express, and more.

Daily Grind’s modern yet nostalgia-inducing alternative rock sound has been compared to some great bands like Incubus and the Black Keys. As an introduction to new listeners, who are some of your least obvious influences and how and when did the band form?    

Brad Hammer and Myles
Mahoney:
The band formed in Oakland at the University of Pittsburgh campus back in 2012. Some less obvious influences on our sound would be Kanye West, Jack Johnson, The Beatles, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Brand New, As Tall As Lions, Thrice and probably a million more!

Your debut album was released in May on Misra Records; what inspired the writing and recording process for the album?  Are there any unifying themes to the personal yet universal lyrical content?    

BH: The lyrics are heavily [influenced by] friendship, paranoia, skepticism, faith and belief. [The album] was inspired out of necessity to write and record.

Standout track “Unaccounted For,” with its rapid-fire drumming and catchy, sing-along chorus, sounds like it would be an instant favorite at your live shows.  What is your favorite song to play live and why?

BH and MM: Our favorite song to play live is “Sense of Relief.”  It is more up-tempo, so Myles and Matt get a chance to jam out and do wild stuff and Brad gets to set the guitar down and be more free in the performance.

Including your stop in Dayton, you have three shows scheduled in Ohio; have you played our state previously? Just know that we will welcome you here as long as you don’t bring any of that Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates or Penguins nonsense with you!

BH: Yes, and we look forward to coming back…Go Penguins!

What can be expected from a Daily Grind show? 

MM: High energy, structured chaos and a backpack with a good time in it.

With your debut album finally released into the world, what do you think the future holds for the band?   

MM: Hoverboards and [we’re] really hoping for some Panda Express!

 

Daily Grind will perform on Saturday, July 23 at Blind Bob’s, 430 E. Fifth St. in downtown Dayton. Dead Tuth, Scarecrow Sideshow, and Beesly are also on the bill. For more information, please visit dailygrindmusic.com or blindbobs.com.

Reach DCP freelance writer Justin Kreitzer at JustinKreitzer@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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Justin Kreitzer
Reach DCP freelance writer Justin Kreitzer at JustinKreitzer@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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