Undisclosed Day talk about their "Ignition" EP, the Christian Rock music scene and much more.
From: Lansing, MI
Sounds like: Christian Rock
1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Undisclosed Day” and is there any meaning behind it?
We all picked up our instruments because we had a passion for music and the way we connected with it drove us to pursue learning to play. We developed our sound based on influences from bands we have all grown up listening to and just kinda whatever came out when we would all jam together. Jordan, our guitar player, thought of the name. It’s a reference to when Jesus says no one knows the day or the hour he will return to earth for the rapture.
2. What do you want listeners to take away from your "Ignition" EP?
Our message is two pronged. We as humans default to blaming our problems on others. However, in the end the blame game doesn’t resolve any issues. We can try to live life for ourselves, but that will never bring fulfillment. We can try to figure it all out on our own, but we’ll end up with more questions than answers. The only answer to our deep questions and the only resolution to our problems is found in God. It can’t just be one and done though. God requires us to daily lay down our pursuits and search after His will.
3. What can people expect from your live show?
We’ve probably put the most time into our live show than any other aspect of our band, so it’s something we all take very seriously and are constantly striving to be better at. We all grew up going to rock shows so we know the difference between a killer show and a total snoozer. We attempt to keep our shows full of energy and punch while keeping it very tight and professional. We also like to keep things interesting by putting special “moments” into our shows to keep the attention of our audience and make our shows memorable.
4. What's your favorite track to play live?
We all really enjoy "Playing The Victim". Audiences respond well to it and it’s fun to jam.
5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?
Disciple, Memphis May Fire, and The Letter Black.
6. Any crazy show stories?
One time in the middle of our set, one of our guitar amps died due to a lack of power, which forced our lead guitar player to switch to playing rhythm guitar parts in the middle of a song. He hadn’t played the rhythm parts since we recorded the album 9 months prior haha.
7. What’s your take on the current state of Christian Rock?
There’s a lot of really talented and well-established bands that everyone has known for years but it seems like there’s never any new bands that emerge and bring something fresh with them. It’s essentially been in the same state for years without any innovation or change.
8. What’s the current music scene like there in Michigan both locally and state wide?
I think it’s a bit hit and miss. Some bands have great success gaining a following while others just can’t seem to gain any traction. I think it has a lot to do with how popular the venue is and where it’s located and how well you can market your music to local music goers. There’s a few big name music venues like the Machine Shop that will always have great numbers no matter who plays there but the same bands could play at a lesser known venue and struggle to get people there.
9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?
The music industry is changing and it needs to adapt to new ways to reward artists for all the hard work they put into their music. It’s so easy to download music illegally nowadays or stream it that artists get bled dry by people that claim to support them but won’t actually pay for their music.
10. What’s next for Undisclosed Day?
We are working on writing music for a future full-length album we’re looking at doing down the road as well as trying to string some more shows together for the summer and fall ’17 season.
11. Any shoutouts?
Big thank you to everyone that’s helped us make it as far as we have! Couldn’t do it without you!