The idea of killing a cliché may be offensive to those who prefer their music spoon fed as a mere means of background supplementation, simple entertainment or whatevers catchy as a radio sing-a-long. While Tracing Days' debut disc Control overflows with accessibility, its members have an underlying desire to shake up listeners' most obvious perceptions and misconceptions of rock n roll, diving to stylistic and lyrical depths sure to inspire, empower, educate and shake off the safe holds of anyone's comfort zones. "I dont like clichés because they dont challenge my own thinking," explains front man, founder and keyboardist Lonnie Bos. "I love hanging out with people who ask tough questions and Tracing Days is all about working through issues, asking hard questions and searching for honest answers."
Tracing Days can thank a damaged carpet for their first band invitation, "My wife and I had a carpet cleaner going thorough our house and he saw band equipment and wound up asking me about it," the singer says with a smile. "It turns out he was promoting a youth event at a nearby church, was looking for a band and asked us if we were interested. That lit the fire under us to really pull together some songs and we settled on ten that we wound up playing for the youth concert, which really gave us the push we needed."
"I had some friends, including a fiddle player who's toured with [country stars] Sara Evans and Pam Tillis," he shares. "Through that connection I met some contacts, one being Ainslie, a straight talking producer from Australia who now lives in Nashville." Tracing Days and Ainslie tag teamed on Control, leading to a razor sharp modern rock record packed with thick riffs, mature messages and catchy conventions sure to appeal to Switchfoot, Green Day and U2 fans. The resulting eleven tunes have already resonated on concert stages, which have built steady momentum for the disc's September 19 release on Full Color Records under the Infinity Distribution umbrella (Lifehouse, Kevin Max)
Amongst the many standouts is the robust rippler Control, which focuses on the single trait everyone is afraid to lose, but one that must be given up in order to truly live. It's met by the equally explosive Life Outside, which chronicles a real life meeting Bos had with a man on a plane who was burnt out in the business world seeking something deeper in life. The emotional Inside of Me talks about sorting out a painful bout with pride, while the energetic Monochrome is an ode to finding ones ultimate creativity and fulfillment when they are plugged into the Creator.
Bos sums up. "Connection with our audience has always been key, but more than just entertaining them through the music, we hope to get them thinking and considering the most important issues."