Today Is the Day
|Today Is the Day|
|Origin||Nashville, Tennessee, United States|
Black Market Activities
|Associated acts||Lethargy, Mastodon, Amber Asylum, Lamb of God, Circle of Dead Children, Wetnurse|
|Past members||Brad Elrod
Today Is the Day is an American Noisecore band from Nashville, Tennessee. They have a diverse sound that includes influences from alternative rock, grindcore, avant-garde and progressive rock among other genres. Lyrical themes include violence, being high, personal struggles, depression, warfare and mental problems such as psychosis, among others.
The band was founded by Steve Austin and Brad Elrod in Nashville, Tennessee in the early 1990s. The band released its debut EP, entitled How to Win Friends and Influence People, in 1992. This self-financed release garnered the attention of Amphetamine Reptile Records (AmRep) who signed the band (at this time consisting of Austin on vocals and guitar, Brad Elrod on drums, and Mike Herrell on bass guitar) in February 1993. The full-length Supernova was released later that year.
In September 1994, Today Is the Day saw its popularity in the metal underground increase with the release of their second album, entitled Willpower. That same year, Willpower was followed by the Clusterfuck '94 split EP with labelmates Chokebore and Guzzard. Today Is the Day also contributed to the tenth volume of AmRep's Dope Guns and Fucking in the Streets 7" series with Brainiac and Steel Pole Bath Tub.
Today Is the Day's self-titled album was released in March 1996. This album was the first of the band's releases recorded at Austin's own studio, Austin Enterprise, in Nashville. For this release, Steve Austin shifted the band's sound slightly and opted to replace bassist Mike Herrell with keyboardist Scott Wexton. Today Is the Day was the band's final recording for AmRep.
In 1997, Today Is the Day left AmRep and signed with Philadelphia-based metal label Relapse Records and released Temple of the Morning Star in September 1997. For this release, the band's lineup changed significantly, adding bassist and keyboardist Christopher Reeser and drummer Mike Hyde to the band. In addition to Temple of the Morning Star, Today Is the Day also contributed to the In These Black Days 7" series, released by Hydra Head Records, with their rendition of "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath", which can also be found as a secret track at the end of Temple of the Morning Star.
For Today Is the Day's August 1999 release, entitled In the Eyes of God, Reeser and Hyde were replaced with bassist Bill Kelliher and drummer Brann Dailor, formerly of Rochester, New York's Lethargy and current members of Atlanta, Georgia's Mastodon. This new lineup first appeared live at the Milwaukee Metalfest and the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival. Having moved to Massachusetts in 1998, this was the first Today Is the Day album to be recorded at Austin Enterprise's new location in Clinton, Massachusetts.
The years 2000 and 2001 were relatively quiet for Today Is the Day in terms of releasing new material. Live Till You Die was released in August 2000, and included live tracks recorded during the tours in support of Temple of the Morning Star and In the Eyes of God, covers of songs by The Beatles, Bad Company, and Chris Isaak, and various songs compiled from studio sessions held at Austin Enterprise during the late-1990s. In 2001, new Today Is the Day songs were released on splits with Metatron and 16, the first new material since 1999.
The new songs put out on the split releases later appeared on Today Is the Day's double album Sadness Will Prevail, released in 2002. This album kept with Steve Austin's habit of rotating band personnel, and Kelliher and Dailor were replaced by Chris Debari and Marshall Kilpatric, respectively. Today Is the Day also released their second live album, entitled Blue Blood, in 2002.
Today Is the Day returned in June 2004 with a new album entitled Kiss the Pig, which featured the debut of new drummer Mike Rosswog, previously of Circle of Dead Children. Rosswog replaced Anal Cunt's John Gillis, who performed live with the band in 2003. Kiss the Pig was the last album released by Today Is the Day on Relapse Records.
In April 2010, it was confirmed Today Is the Day would join former AmpRep label mates Melvins, Boss Hog, and others at Amphetamine Reptile's 25th Anniversary bash in Minneapolis on August 28, 2010.
In July 2010 Black Market Activities Records announced that they were welcoming Today Is The Day to its roster. Black Market Activities released Today Is The Day’s ninth studio album, Pain Is A Warning, in 2011. This album saw the debut of Curran Reynolds on drums and Ryan Jones on bass, and was produced by Kurt Ballou of Converge.
In 2006 Steve Austin launched his own record label, SuperNova Records, which was founded in order to properly release material by Today Is the Day, among others. As of April 2007, SuperNova has released DVDs of live Today Is the Day shows from 1995 and 1996, as well as reissuing a remastered version of their Willpower record, previously released on Amphetamine Reptile Records. The label also released a film Axis of Eden based on the album of the same name.
- Steve Austin – lead vocals, guitars (since 1992)
- Ryan Jones – bass (since 2010)
- Curran Reynolds – drums, percussion (since 2010)
- Brad Elrod – drums, percussion (1992–1996, 1998–1999)
- Mike Herrell – bass (1992–1996)
- Scott Wexton – keyboards (1996)
- Chris Reeser – bass, keyboards (1996–1998)
- Mike Hyde – drums, percussion (1997–1998)
- Bill Kelliher – bass (1999)
- Brann Dailor – drums, percussion (1999)
- Chris Debari – bass (2000–2008)
- Marshall Kilpatric – drums, percussion (2000–2002)
- John Gillis – drums, percussion (2002)
- Mike Rosswog – drums, percussion (2004, 2008)
- Jeff Lohrber – drums, percussion (2005)
- Aaron Kotilainen – keyboards (2005)
- Graham Leduc – drums, percussion (2006)
- Derek Roddy – drums, percussion (2007–2008)
- John Judkins – bass (2008–2010)
- Julien Granger – drums (2009–2010)
- Seth Putnam – vocals on Sadness Will Prevail
- Kris Force – violin on Sadness Will Prevail
- Jackie Gratz – cello on Sadness Will Prevail
- Andrew Gormley – Drums (at Milwaukee Metalfest XII, 1998)
- Supernova (1993), Amphetamine Reptile
- Willpower (1994), Amphetamine Reptile
- Today Is the Day (1996), Amphetamine Reptile
- Temple of the Morning Star (1997), Relapse
- In the Eyes of God (1999), Relapse
- Sadness Will Prevail (2002), Relapse
- Kiss the Pig (2004), Relapse
- Axis of Eden (2007), SuperNova
- Pain Is a Warning (2011), Black Market Activities
- Live Till You Die CD (2000), Relapse
- Blue Blood CD (2002), Rage of Achilles
- Willpower DVD (2007), SuperNova
- Today Is the Day Live DVD (2006), SuperNova
- Live in Japan DVD (2008), Supernova
- Live at the Whiskey A Go-Go DVD (2008), Supernova
EPs and singles
- How to Win Friends and Influence People EP (1992), self-released
- I Bent Scared 7″ EP (1993), Amphetamine Reptile
- In These Black Days vol. 3 split 7″ with Coalesce (1997), Hydra Head
- Zodiac Dreaming split Mini CD with 16 (2001), Trash Art!
- Descent split CD with Metatron (2001), Dark Reign
- Clusterfuck '94 (live) with Chokebore and Guzzard (1994), Amphetamine Reptile
- Dope Guns 'n Fucking in the Streets vol. 10 (1994), Amphetamine Reptile
- Recollection: Relapse Video Collection DVD (2003), Relapse (contributed video for "Pinnacle")
- Dope Guns 'n Fucking Up Your Video Deck vol. 1–3 1990–1994 DVD (2004), Amphetamine Reptile (contributed videos for "6 Dementia Satyr" and "Realization")
- Relapse Records Contamination Fest 2003 live DVD(2004), Relapse
- Recollection 2: Relapse Video Collection DVD (2004), Relapse (contributed video for "The Descent")
- Recollection 3: Relapse Video Collection DVD (2005), Relapse (contributed video for "Mother's Ruin")
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- Harris, Chris; Wiederhorn, Jon (July 27, 2007). "Today Is the Day Hope Their Day Has Arrived". MTV News (MTV Networks). Retrieved October 20, 2009.