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Haste the Day: Perserverance, Passion, Metalcore

Indianapolis metalcore band Haste the Day has experienced a lot of upheaval in their seven year history. The Christian music group has lost members to atheism, full time ministry, and the allure of settling down with a family. Through it all, Haste the Day has retained their boundless energy, their commitment to releasing the most emotionally charged music in Indianapolis, and their undeniable resonance with their fans.

Haste the Day is a nationally touring band that has seen over 200,000 record sales in the United States alone. Though they got their start playing at Indianapolis bars and other venues, they now travel around the country to perform their ferocious live show for their enthralled fans. The band has played at many Indianapolis music venues, including the Music Mill, the Emerson Theatre, the Vogue, and the Murat Theatre.

Video of Indianapolis band Haste the Day performing “American Love” live in 2007

 

In 2009, Haste the Day will be playing the Cornerstone festival, a huge celebration of Christian contemporary music that often features hardcore, punk, alternative, and post rock bands that are on the cutting edge of today’s scene. It’s bigger than most Indianapolis fairs and festivals and takes place in Illinois. They have also played the Vans Warped Tour, a music festival that roams around the country, generally showcasing bands on the harder side, like punk and metalcore. Though Haste the Day would be an excellent fit for Indianapolis’ X-Fest Music Festival, they haven’t played that particular occasion.

The Indianapolis music group, originally from Carmel, Indiana, got its start in 2002 with an EP, That They May Know You. The album marked the introduction of Haste the Day‘s hardcore style: machine gun drumming, screaming vocals, strange time signatures, and shredding guitar. The band masterfully rode the wave of the thriving mid 2000’s hardcore scene with their 2004 and 2005 Solid State releases, Burning Bridges and When Everything Falls.

Metalcore, the genre Haste the Day most easily fits with, is different from traditional metal in that it combines the speed and technical prowess of metal bands like Summon the Destroyer with the lyrical complexity and emotional themes of mid 90’s hardcore and emo music. The genre has been growing in popularity throughout the past decade, particularly in teenage Christian circles.

Video of Haste the Day performing live at the Music Mill in Indianapolis with Gwen Stacy

 

Burning Bridges and When Everything Falls each sold more than 50,000 copies in the US, and fans couldn’t get enough of the intense angst of the band. When Everything Falls even breached the Billboard charts, a rarity for heavy bands like Haste the Day. The album topped out at #175, and each album since has climbed higher on the charts; Haste the Day’s latest, Dreamer, peaked at #68.

Video of Indianapolis band Haste the Day performing “Mad Man”

 

In 2005, Haste the Day’s lead vocalist, Jimmy Ryan, left the band in order to get married and start a job, though he now has a new band, Trenches. A special edition DVD packaged with Haste the Day’s 2007 album, Pressure the Hinges, features a video of Ryan’s final show and a video of the first show with the band’s new singer, Stephen Keech.

After the release of Pressure the Hinges and shortly before recording began for Dreamer, guitarist Jason Barnes left the Christian band after deciding to become an atheist. His departure was a heavy blow to the rest of Haste the Day; Barnes had been influential, both as a skilled musician and as a songwriter. On Haste the Day’s website, bassist Mike Murphy says that Barnes’ departure was “one of the hardest things we’ve gone through as a band.” Not only that, but long time drummer Devin Chaulk left the group in December after a farewell show in Indianapolis.

Video of an interview with Indianapolis band Haste the Day

 

Despite all the turmoil and upheaval surrounding Dreamer, the album is a cohesive and memorable change of pace for Haste the Day. Though its songs still retain the vigor and emotional intensity of previous releases, Dreamer is more varied and epic in its scope, sometimes even venturing into progressive rock through uncommon time signatures (the song “68” is named after its 6/8 cadence) and complex guitar lines. Dreamer was produced by Andreas Magnusson, who is also producing Gwen Stacy‘s new album.

Haste the Day has survived waves and waves of departing members. Now the band is strong than ever, and it looks as though they’ll continue tearing up vocal chords and breaking hearts long into the future.

For more information on Haste the Day, please visit their homepage on Solid State Records or their MySpace page.

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