Bassist Blake Allison explained to me that his biggest issue of the day was: “I have…different kinds of weed in my trailer and I haven’t gotten to smoke any of it.” Other than that, he told me, he had nothing to complain about.
As a two-piece band, Devour the Day travels with two touring musicians whom they feel blessed to have. “Both guys are exceptional musicians,” said lead singer and guitarist Joey Chicago. “They’re incredibly talented guys…and I think Blake and I were able to pick two humble dudes who just want to learn. They want to be out here.”
Allison and Chicago used to be members of a rock band called Egypt Central, but chose to break off and form their own group after tensions rose and they ceased to enjoy their situation.
“It was tough for us to make the decision to just start over,” Allison told me. “I think it would have been a lot easier for us to just find another singer and move on.”
Many websites mentioned that Allison and Chicago had played music together since they were “kids,” and they told me that they’d played together since seventeen or eighteen years old, which I don’t really consider childhood anymore. That’s more like young adulthood.
However they told me that at that age they were still too immature to be anything but kids.
When they were eighteen, “it was like twelve [or] thirteen for most people,” Chicago explained. “Technically, on the inside, I’m still around like twenty-one.”
“On the outside,” Allison said, “he’s a cold eighty-five. Wrinkly. ‘Hanging balls,’ they say.”
They are currently looking forward to a wide variety of movies coming out this year, including The Martian, Suicide Squad, and Bridge of Spies.
They also were excited for the new 007 movie Spectre. “I grew up in an age where once a year there was a James Bond marathon,” Allison reminisced. “I love Daniel Craig… so the new Bond is going to be sweet.”
In addition to new movies, Allison and Chicago love the classics. “I literally was just on a plane talking to somebody about Jean Kelly and Fred Astaire and Frank Sinatra and Jimmy Stewart,” said Chicago.
Somehow, and I honestly have no explanation for it, we ended up talking about the Greeks, and not just anything about the Greeks, but specifically their formal practice of excessive eating.
“I think the weirdest thing the Greeks did was the gluttony thing, dude,” said Allison. “At rich banquets, they would have these giant clay vases for throwing up so you could gorge yourself. Just eat, throw up, and then eat more.”
Allison said he’d never do something that disgusting. He’d rather, he said, “keep eating and then poop it out,” no matter how good the food was.
“I don’t know,” interjected Chicago. “Maybe if you get a good set of ribs…”
A talented duo, Devour the Day’s music hits the spot for anyone into the modern metal scene.
Watch the lyric video for “Respect” off Time and Pressure:
Zoe Adler is a music journalist from Long Beach, California. Besides her website, which is her pride and joy, she works with the GRAMMY Foundation and the Long Beach Independent. Additionally, Ms. Adler is a musician, spending half of her time playing the flute, piccolo, trombone, and marching baritone. She has been with TeenView Music since the very start and hopes to make something of it in the future.