Our Past Days Announce Debut Album On Shiny New Greyscale Records
Pop-punk heavyweights Our Past Days are about to go from local faves to festival mainstages: the Sydney fivesome have announced their debut album, Keep Safe – set to make impact on September 2nd as the first release on Greyscale Records.
Announced alongside the new single “Too Much, Too Soon”, Keep Safe comes as the final result of over six months of hard work – y’know, in-between touring with such international scene mainstays as The Wonder Years and smashing down as many Maxibons as they could physically stomach (and then another couple of boxes). The new cut is a painfully heartfelt jam, which the band say comes down to their desires not to hold anything back in the studio.
“As a band we found the most important part of the writing process was being completely honest, whether that be through the lyrics, the music or just with one another, leaving everything we had in the studio is the only way we wanted to record,” says vocalist Matt Doherty.
To lay the track-work down for Keep Safe, the band teamed up with renowned producer Jay Maas, who helped them bring their ambitious dreams to life.
“We knew there were certain elements we wanted to achieve and the direction we wanted to go in,” says guitarist/vocalist Mikey Kerr. “To get there we knew we had to bring in someone who could push us as musicians and get to where we needed to be. We love the work Jay has done in the past and have a lot of respect for his musical history”
Maas was equally as stoked with the band wanting to push themselves; “The best part about the new Our Past Days record is the creative growth the band as shown,” he says. “So often I work with bands that say they are willing to try new things but unfortunately it’s rarely the case. I’m so proud of the band for having the courage to not only be open to expanding their own sonic signature, but then being able to pull it off.”
As for Greyscale Records, the new imprint label (with distribution handled by the legends at Cooking Vinyl) is the brainchild of Ash Hull and Joshua Merriel, two of the Aussie alternative scene’s most influential names with over twenty years of experience between them. You might recognise Hull as the dude bringing all of your favourite bands to our shores with Destroy All Lines, and if you fancy yourself some radio jams every now and again, you’re probably familiar with Merriel’s work too.
“Ash came to me with an idea, [and] after we sat down and talked it out he looked at me and just went ‘we’ve got something here don’t we?’,” says Merriel. “With the Australian music scene expanding so rapidly, we knew there was a gap that needed to be filled. A gap for a label with major league goals and a DIY attitude.”
So what made Our Past Days the perfect band to launch with, you ask? “When starting up this record label, we knew we wanted to work with bands who shared the same mentality and vision,” he continues. “Our Past Days was the perfect first signing for us as they ticked all the right boxes, and they really supported the idea behind the label. Their album is such a diverse record and I know they’re going to be a band to watch our for.”
Get your head around “Too Much, Too Soon” below!
Our Past Days / Harbours
Friday August 12th – Enigma Bar, Adelaide
Saturday August 13th – Wrangler Studios, Melbourne
Friday August 26th – Drone, Newcastle
Saturday August 27th – Phoenix Art Centre, Brisbane
Sunday August 28th – Red Rattler, Sydney
Monday August 29th – Rad Bar, Wollongong