-Interview- Dawn Vally (9/22/15)

Dawn Vally is ready to turn the Canadian metal scene upside down.


Toronto, Canada based metal band Dawn Vally gets interviewed and talks about their formation, upcoming plans and much more. Read below.

From: Toronto, Canada
Sounds like: Metal

1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Dawn Vally” and is there any meaning behind it?

Me (Joe Nail) and Jeff Period have been jamming together wanting to play in a band since we were kids and then when we entered high school we started playing with random bands with friends until we finally decided that we needed to play metal. So after high school me and my brother just played and wrote together for a year till we thought about asking our younger brother Nick (Sycrote) to try screaming for us which worked out really well he has a natural talent for it and it doesn't really bother his throat to much to do it. Our sound has developed over the years mostly due to the fact that we have had four very different guitar players and mostly tend to write the songs between the three of us while using the other players around for influences.
As for our name we where just brainstorming band names on the way to work one morning on the Don Valley Parkway (dvp) and we thought Change Don to Dawn and leave the "e" out of valley so its easy to search online and that's a great band name. So we went with it and loved it.

2. What do you want listeners to take away from your music?

We want our listeners to always remeber that you don't need to change yourself to be cool, we are all cool! Unless your an asshole, which is why we try to write with many different styles within our songs so people will see that there is more to metal then just heavy.

3. What can people expect from your live show?

A great time with lots of energy on stage and four sweaty guys!

4. How has the response been to the "The Sloppy Girl You Once Knew" single remastered thus far? What's your favorite track to play live?

The response has been great on our the latest release for us and we can't wait to show the rest of the album to everybody. We have a music video in the works and we are very excited about that too. Our favorite song live, well, we all have different ones but mine (Joe Nail) is "All Pussies Get Eaten". I love the words to that song and its just so heavy. Jeff Period loves to play "Just Pleaser" because it's a party. Sycrote loves to play "Shotguns Gone South".

5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

Parkway Drive, Refused and Lamb Of God.

6. Any crazy show stories?

One time after a set we were just moshing out and I (Joe) got punched by a couple guys and ended up having to go get 7 stitches over the eyebrow but not before we tore that place up looking for those guys. Sycrote ended up throwing a guy through a table and our guitar player at the time bitched slapped a dude in front of some people which was pretty funny.

7. What’s your take on the current state of metal?

We believe metal has come a very long way from where it started and that's great but the mainstream needs to realize it's wanted. I hate how it's denied mainstream attention cause people just say its not wanted.

8. What’s the current music scene like there in Canada both locally and country wide?

It seems to be doing well. We have a lot of Canadian bands getting attention from record labess and even Wacken Open Air has done well. We had two winners of the event from Canada in the past little bit so that's great.

9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

Do it! Get our stuff every where. Make sure to spread the word and if you like the band. Buy the album and see them play live.

10. What’s next for Dawn Vally?

We are gonna get our new EP out called "Still Bleeding" and you can check the latest single called "That Sloppy Girl You Once Knew" up online on all our sites. We are gonna pump out that music video and get our butts on the road for some shows. We also have a 10 year anniversary of our first CD called "Pigeon" coming so that's gonna be fun to plan for.

11. Any shoutouts?

Intervals, Drag The Lake, Afterimage, The Contortionist and our boy's in The Dead Sexy's.