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Dayseeker Discusses New Album "Sleeptalk", Tours And The Future

The summer may be over but that doesn't mean new albums are slowing down. Today marks the release of Orange County's post hardcore band Dayseeker's fourth album, "Sleeptalk," which has already got fans talking and interests piquing. The group has changed direction a little bit this time, adopting a more melody focused approach, but how are fans taking this decision? I caught up with the band to discuss all the more.

Diamond Oz: First of all, congratulations on the new album, "Sleeptalk." It's quite an intriguing title, what's the meaning behind it?

Dayseeker: Sleeptalk is basically a metaphor for my own guilt with an ex girlfriend. It depicts myself asleep, saying another woman's name while my girlfriend was lying awake next to me. Not a true story by any means but it seemed like an interesting way to express my emotions at the time.

Diamond Oz: In a press release, the new record is described as "cleaner" and "more contemporary". What led to this change in sound and do you fear any backlash from long time fans over this approach?

Dayseeker: We truthfully lost our passion for playing heavier music as the years have gone on. We'd find ourselves listening to Ed Sheeran, Khalid, a lot more pop driven and softer music overall and at some point, we didn't want to feel like we were forcing a heavier sound just to appease everyone but us. We feared backlash initially but the response has been overwhelmingly positive with the new stuff. Honestly even better than it was with our older material.

Oz: I really like the neon drenched imagery associated with "Sleeptalk" so far. Both the album and "Crooked Soul" single covers look superb and the video for the title track follow this style. What influenced these visuals and what's the significance of the disco ball which appears in the "Sleeptalk" video and "Crooked Soul" front cover?

Dayseeker: We recognized we were approaching more of 80's style with synthesizers on the new album and felt like this neon vibe really matched that. We did the whole dark and dreary look that a huge amount of post hardcore bands do for their visuals and we wanted to just do something bright and vivid for a change. The disco ball essentially represents the girl's character in Sleeptalk being fixated with me and our toxic relationship. Something that is pulling her in and captivating her, despite that it's not the best path for her to follow.

Oz: In what ways do you feel "Sleeptalk" is a departure from your previous album, "Dreaming Is Sinking///Waking Is Rising"?

Dayseeker: "DIS /// WIR" was a full concept album and our heaviest effort to date. This new album is written in a much more thoughtful way. We really paid attention to structuring, making sure that each track had something different to offer the listener as they go through the entire record. We're all just unbelievably proud and can't wait to share it with the world.

Oz: I noticed you'll begin touring with Wage War the day the album is released (September 27th). Do you feel it's important to begin promoting the album on or near the release date and are there plans for a headline tour of your own to follow?

Dayseeker: It's absolutely important to support a new album right after it comes out. I'm excited to reach some new fans and show them our new sound as well. We do have plans for a headlining tour very soon but we're still working out the details.

Oz: Speaking of plans for future shows, will you make it across the pond to Europe any time soon?

Dayseeker: We've only been to Europe once and it was just a blast. Still one of my favorites we've ever done to this day. We'd love to come back but we need to wait for the right opportunity and for the right time.

Oz: Dayseeker has been going for seven years now. Are you surprised with how much you've already accomplished in such a relatively short space of time?

Dayseeker: I'm very proud of what we've accomplished but I think we remain "hungry" as the years go on. We're always striving to put out the best music we can and keep reaching as many people as possible.

Oz: Finally, what does 2020 hold for Dayseeker?

Dayseeker: We'll most likely do some reimagined stuff for the new album after it's been out for awhile and just steady touring plans overall!

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com since 2007 and a metal fan since 2001, going as far as to travel to other countries and continents for metal gigs.

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