We’re pleased to bring you the premiere of The Dazies’ new song “Suffocate In The U.S.A.” (listen below). The track is taken from the band’s forthcoming Seen A Ghost split with Courters, which is scheduled to be released on December 8th. You can pre-order the split here.
Mikey Holland of The Dazies commented:
With ‘Suffocate in the USA’ I wanted to unapologetically address my personal struggles with being a DIY artist and the parallels of living in a wildly misrepresented country. It’s been exhausting lately to navigate through the day and not feel that crushing weight. I write this having just been notified I have to leave my apartment of almost ten years so it can be renovated and inflated to an unaffordable rate. Musically speaking, this is one of my favorite and most cacophonous drum performances I’ve ever recorded, particularly the end. And I just love the those big bold Steinway piano notes. This song broke my heart a little when I was finally ready to listen.
About the band:
The Dazies began as a solo venture by multi instrumentalist Mikey Holland in 2013. After spending years of songwriting/recording/touring with the likes of Tulsa (Park The Van Records), Mean Creek (Sony Records/Old Flame Records) and Trabants (Lollipop Records). Holland set out to establish his form of jangle power pop punk rock ‘n’ roll. Taking hints from his favorite artists along the way. Holland began writing and recording what would become his first E.P. Trabants Eric Penna set out to produce the five songs that would be released as the “Levon Helm e.p” in 2014. With Holland taking on all guitar/drums/vocals and former Mean Creek bassist Erik Wormwood on a bass. It was a nod to one of Holland’s favorite drumming/songwriters, Levon Helm.
BDC Wire said “The Dazies shine with stoned out bits of pop’s yesteryear, cloaked in joyful riffs and handclaps, and digging deep into a meaty ‘70s AM guitar feel.”
Boston Hassle added “The Dazies go after the sound of being wonderstruck, rather than simply tell tales of it. Straight-ahead jangly-power pop with Byrds-y harmonies that gel right away.”
With a revolving cast of local talent. The Dazies spent 2014 playing up and down the East Coast.
The new year started with a slew of four track released singles that were written/recorded by Holland at his home analog studio, Cat Castle. With a budding future and a relentless DIY East Coast touring. Holland decided to add some consistency to the lineup by adding former This Car Up/Stereo Telescope engineer/bassist/backing vocalist Kurt Schneider to the mix. The duo would record Holland’s compositions for what would be next e.p ‘L O V E / J O Y’ with Boston legend Dave Minehan of The Neighborhoods as well as Paul Westerberg and at the time, Holland’s well documented favorite (Tattoos, booze and no way to lose) The newly reformed, Replacements.
Once again Holland was taking on guitar/vocal/drum duties with Kurt on bass and Chris Amarol of Dan Webb & The Spiders on lead guitar. This proved to be an exciting time for the band and was well on display on the ‘L O V E / J O Y’ e.p. After a month long sold out residency at world famous Plough and Stars in Cambridge, Ma. ‘L O V E / J O Y’ was released to rave reviews in January of 2015 with Vanyland claiming them as “Boston’s merry band of power-pop misfits”. 2015 would prove to be a big year of live shows as The Dazies upped their DIY touring. Criss crossing the East Coast several times with Holland’s perpetual non-stop booking with a notable Union Hall show in Brooklyn where the venue publicly sited “M. Holland is taking a break from smashing drums and focusing on smashing your little heart to pieces with power-pop gold.”
The Dazies (Mikey and Kurt now officially) wanted to make the next year their best one yet. They spent the rest of 2015 playing endlessly as well as self recording/producing what would become 2016’s ep ‘Hungover and Weird’. With Holland taking Vocal/guitars/drum duties and Schneider mainly handling production this time around as well as some bass duties. The duo announced the release of ‘Hungover and Weird’ in October of 2016 with a September West Coast tour. They would spend the rest of the year releasing singles to rave reviews from notable sites such as Paste, UK’s Circuit Sweet, Allston Pudding, The Boston Herald, The Big Takeover and Substream Magazine who hailed “The Dazies could easily be mistaken for an English punk act in the vein of greats like Buzzcocks and the Undertones. Their sentiment is universal and timeless!”
The Dazies have spent most of 2017 once again hitting show after DIY show across the East Coast and focusing on what would become their split vinyl LP with the Boston band Courters.
Recorded at Love Magnet in Roxbury, Ma and The Dazies home studio Cat Castle in Somerville. The ‘Seen A Ghost’ split is a true labor of love. Holland wrote/recorded the songs in a particularly reflective state of mind. The weight of wainig friendships and the disastrous political climate lead to songs like ‘Suffocate in the U.S.A’ and his hometown nod to Lawrence, Ma ‘Pawn Shop Guitars’. ‘Seen A Ghost’ was originally conceived as a solo release but the chemistry and friendship between Holland and Schneider had really blossomed in the last few years and Holland wanted to continue their recording streak. After six months of mixing/re-recording at their studio. The Dazies finished what Holland thinks is his most well crafted songs along with his favorite lyrics that once again come across as diary-esq. The Dazies plan to tour well into the new year and couldn’t be more excited about finally having vinyl with their name on it. ‘Seen a Ghost’ comes from two real rock ‘n’ roll loving vinyl junkies. They’re hoping folks catch on!
The Dazies Tour dates w/ Courters:
Dec. 7 – Providence, RI @ TBA
Dec. 8 – Allston, MA @ O’Briens Pub
Dec. 9 – Brooklyn, NY @ Pet Rescue
Dec. 10 – Willimantic, CT @ Willimantic Records
Dec. 14 – Brooklyn, NY @ Alphaville
Dec. 16 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Pharmacy
Dec. 17 – Salem, MA @ KOTO
Top photo by Erin Shaw