Today Is the Day

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Today Is the Day
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Today Is the Day in 2003
Background information
Origin Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Genres Noise rock, extreme metal, post-hardcore
Years active 1992–present
Labels Amphetamine Reptile, Relapse, SuperNova, BMA, Southern Lord, The End
Associated acts Alien In The Land Of Our Birth, Lethargy, Mastodon, Amber Asylum, Lamb of God, Circle of Dead Children, Wetnurse, Leviathan, Burn Your Halo, Crisis, Three Question Marks, Hate Eternal, Enabler, Taipan, Anal Cunt, Burn The Priest, Rwake, Complete Failure, The Esoteric, Voodoo Organist, Know Nothing, Eyes Upon Separation, LAE, UXO, BardSpec
Website todayistheday.us
Members Steve Austin
DJ Cox
Tom Bennett
Past members Brad Elrod
Mike Herrell
Scott Wexton
Chris Reeser
Mike Hyde
Bill Kelliher
Brann Dailor
Chris Debari
Michael Kilpatric
John Gillis
Aaron Kotilainen
Graham Leduc
Derek Roddy
John Judkins
Ryan Jones
Curran Reynolds

Today Is the Day is an American experimental band from Nashville, Tennessee. Their diverse sound has incorporated influences from hardcore punk, extreme metal, and avant-garde noise music, among other genres. Many of the band's recordings display an extensive use of dissonance and sampling as well as psychedelic features. Lyrical themes include violence, altered states of consciousness, personal struggles, depression, warfare, drug abuse and mental problems such as psychosis, derealization and paranoia.

Biography[edit]

Early years and releases with Amphetamine Reptile (1992-1996)[edit]

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.[1]

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.[1]

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.[1]

Years with Relapse Records (1997-2004)[edit]

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.[1]

For Today Is the Day's July 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.[2] 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.[1]

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.[1]

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.[1]

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.[1]

Post-Relapse years (2005-present)[edit]

In December 2006 it was announced that former Hate Eternal drummer Derek Roddy had joined the band and would appear on their next studio album, Axis of Eden, released in 2007 through SuperNova Records, a label originally set up by Steve Austin to reissue out-of-print material of the band.[3] By 2008, Austin and Roddy's relationship soured, and Roddy left the band.[4] To replace him, Mike Rosswog was hired as the band's drummer.

In 2007, a feature-length film based on the album Axis of Eden was produced by director David Hall. The film made its debut on September 13, 2007, the first day of the Axis of Eden tour.[5] Shows during that tour consisted of footage of the film being played on a projector while the group performed.[5] To promote the film and tour, a section of the movie that included the track "IED" was made available on the internet as a music video.[6] A second video, directed by Tate Steinshack, consisted of live footage from the tour and was released online. The film would later be made available for purchase as a digital download on November 2, 2008.

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.[7] 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.[8]

In November 2013 Austin announced on the band's Facebook page that work had commenced on their 10th studio album with a new lineup featuring Sean Conkling on Bass (Burn Your Halo, Sidra).[9] In June 2014, Austin announced that Today Is The Day has joined Southern Lord Records, for the release of its tenth studio album, Animal Mother, which was released on October 21 of that year.[10] By late 2015, Steve Austin, along with Chris Spencer from Unsane, formed a new project called UXO, which also featured bassist Aarne Victorine and drummer Patrick Kennedy.[11] Their debut self-titled album was released on January 29, 2016 through Reptilian Records.[12]

On September 26, 2016, it was announced that Today Is The Day joined The End Records for the release of their eleventh studio album, which is expected to be released in 2017.[13] The group also announced via their Facebook page that they plan to reissue almost their entire discography (including their debut self-issued How To Win Friends And Influence People demo) to coincide the 20th anniversary of Temple of the Morning Star.

On January 20, 2017, The End Records released the digital-only sampler album Silver Anniversary on music-streaming service Spotify, containing tracks from the bands first nine albums.[14] It was also announced that a deluxe 20th-anniversary edition of Temple Of The Morning Star will also be released on March 24, 2017 on 2CD and 2LP formats, which will include rare and unreleased material.[14] The deluxe reissue first became available for preorder in February 2017.[15] The band has announced a tour to celebrate the album's re-release and anniversary.[16]

A European leg of the anniversary tour was announced, as well as a deluxe reissue of In the Eyes of God, which was released in September 22, 2017.[17]

Musical style and influences[edit]

Today Is the Day has been associated by critics with noise rock[18] as well as multiple subgenres of heavy metal music including math metal,[19] doom metal,[20] post-metal,[21] extreme metal,[22] and grindcore.[23] Post-hardcore has also been used to describe their sound in the past. The band is often credited as being one of the first few artists to combine noise rock with metal, and their first three albums with Amphetamine Reptile Records Supernova, Willpower, and Today Is the Day often receive high praise from critics for their style. Since their first two records with Relapse Records, Temple of the Morning Star and In the Eyes of God, the band evolved towards a more extreme and brutal sound, including prominent grindcore[23] and black metal[24] influences. Around that time they also began to incorporate more experimentation into their music, this era of the band culminated in the double album Sadness Will Prevail which is regarded as their most ambitious and experimental record.

The band is noted for its experimental approach. Sampling and electronics have played an important role in the band's music since Supernova. Their 1996 self-titled album lacked any bass guitars, using keyboards instead (the bass lines were played by keyboardist Scott Wexton) and featured prominent noise and industrial influences. Dialogues and sound clips sampled from movies are also frequently used, mostly on Temple of the Morning Star and In the Eyes of God; some of the movies sampled throughout their discography are Memento, The Illustrated Man, The Holy Mountain, Chopper, Rosemary's Baby, Dune, Goodfellas, Carrie and Waco: The Rules of Engagement among others.[25] The 2002 double album Sadness Will Prevail introduced string instruments and piano and also featured extensive electronics, field recordings, sound manipulation, acoustic guitars, sampling and unusual production techniques. Some of the bands recorings display a more stripped down and straightforward approach with less use of electronics and experimentation, such as Kiss The Pig and Pain is a Warning. Most of Today Is The Days's albums are recorded and produced by Steve Austin in his own studio Austin Enterprise[26] and the band's production often displays bizarre, unorthodox recording techniques and multiple effects; as noted in the multi-layered vocals and dissonant guitar work.

Steve Austin has mentioned that the music and bands released by record labels such as Earache Records and Touch and Go Records played a major role in the development of the band's style.[27] Some of the bands that Austin cited as major influences include Death, Slayer, Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Motörhead, U2, Napalm Death, Butthole Surfers, Eyehategod, Miles Davis, Neurosis, Morbid Angel, Unsane, Melvins and The Jesus Lizard.[citation needed] The band is considered by critics as an important part of the development of metal-related music during the mid to late 1990's. Last Rites editor Andrew Edmunds mentioned in his review of Supernova on how it "would lay the groundwork for a seemingly never-ending wave of spastic metal bands".[28] Patrick Kennedy of allmusic described Supernova as a "landmark recording".[29] In 2017, Decibel Magazine included Temple of the Morning Star in their "Hall of Fame" list.[30]

Media appearances[edit]

The band made a cameo in the 1999 dark comedy independent film Duck! The Carbine High Massacre.[31] In the scene, the group performs at a religious after school club after its leaders mistaken them for a Christian rock band. The 2006 film Threat featured a remixed version of the track "Willpower" as done by producer Darph/Nadar. Steve Austin was featured in the Amphetamine Reptile documentary film The Color of Noise.[32] In 2017, a documentary based on Steve Austin and his life as a musician was released titled The Man Who Loves To Hurt Himself.[32] The documentary, directed by Anthony Short, premiered in France in May 2017 at the International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema. Short was nominated for the awards for Best Director and Best New Filmmaker.[33]

SuperNova Records[edit]

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.[34] The label has been inactive ever since the band signed onto Black Market Activities in 2010.

Members[edit]

Timeline

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album title Release details
1993 Supernova
1994 Willpower
  • Released: September 1994
  • Label: Amphetamine Reptile
  • Format: CD, LP, CS
1996 Today Is the Day
  • Released: March 26, 1996
  • Label: Amphetamine Reptile
  • Format: CD, LP, CS
1997 Temple of the Morning Star
  • Released: September 23, 1997
  • Label: Relapse
  • Format: CD, LP
1999 In the Eyes of God
  • Released: July 20, 1999
  • Label: Relapse
  • Format: CD, LP
2002 Sadness Will Prevail
  • Released: September 3, 2002
  • Label: Relapse
  • Format: 2CD
2004 Kiss the Pig
  • Released: June 29, 2004
  • Label: Relapse
  • Format: CD, LP
2007 Axis of Eden
  • Released: September 18, 2007
  • Label: SuperNova
  • Format: CD
2011 Pain Is a Warning
2014 Animal Mother
2017 TBA
  • Expected release: 2017
  • Label: The End
  • Format: TBA

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album title Release details
2000 Live Till You Die
  • Released: August 29, 2000
  • Label: Relapse
  • Format: CD
2017 Silver Anniversary
  • Released: January 20, 2017
  • Label: The End
  • Format: DL

Live albums[edit]

Year Album title Release details
2000 Blue Blood
  • Released: September 23, 2002
  • Label: Rage of Achilles
  • Format: CD

EPs and singles[edit]

Year Album title Release details
1992 How to Win Friends and Influence People
(demo)
  • Released: 1992
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: CS
1993 I Bent Scared
(single)
  • Released: 1993
  • Label: Amphetamine Reptile
  • Format: 7"
1996 Split EP
(split single with Wrench)
  • Released: 1996
  • Label: ZK
  • Format: 7"
1996 Change Zine Eight
(split single with The Automatic Few)
  • Released: 1996
  • Label: Change Zine
  • Format: 7"
1997 In These Black Days Vol. 3
(split single with Coalesce)
1997 The Man Who Loves to Hurt Himself
(single)
  • Released: 1997
  • Label: Hydra Head
  • Format: 7"
2001 Zodiac Dreaming
(split EP with 16)
2001 Descent
(split EP with Metatron)
  • Released: August 14, 2001
  • Label: Dark Reign
  • Format: CD

Video releases[edit]

Year Album title Release details
2007 Willpower Live
  • Released: August 7, 2007
  • Label: SuperNova
  • Format: DVD
2007 Today Is the Day Live
  • Released: August 7, 2007
  • Label: SuperNova
  • Format: DVD
2008 Live in Japan
  • Released: September 15, 2008
  • Label: SuperNova
  • Format: DL
2008 Live at the Whiskey A Go-Go
  • Released: September 15, 2008
  • Label: SuperNova
  • Format: DL
2008 Axis of Eden - The Film
  • Released: November 2, 2008
  • Label: SuperNova
  • Format: DL

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Director
1994 "6 Dementia Satyr" Tom Hazelmyer
1996 "Realization"
1997 "Pinnacle" Adam Ahlbrandt
2002 "The Descent"
2004 "Mother's Ruin"
"This Machine Kills Fascists"
2008 "IED" Tate Steinsiek
"Daddy" Bruce Millet
2014 "Masada" David Hall
2015 "Heathen" Neil Barrett
"Expectations Exceed Reality" Adam Ahlbrandt and Steve Austin
2016 "Animal Mother" David Hall
2017 "Blindspot"

Compilation appearances[edit]

Year Album Details Songs(s) Notes
1994 "Clusterfuck '94
  • Label: Amphetamine Reptile
  • Format: CD, 10"
"Come On Down and Get Saved"
"Hands and Knees"
"Pipe Dream Zero"
"Come On Down and Get Saved" was previously released on the I Bent Scared 7".
1994 Dope Gunes 'n Fucking in the Streets Vol. 10
  • Label: Amphetamine Reptile
  • Format: 7"
"Execution Style" Willpower outtake
1994 Harakiri No.2
  • Label: Harakiri Magazine
  • Format: VHS
"6 Dementia Satyr"
"I Bent Scared"
Live footage
2003 Recollection: Relapse Video Collection
  • Label: Relapse
  • Format: DVD
"Pinnacle" Music video
2004 Dope Guns 'n Fucking Up Your Video Deck Vol. 1-3 (1990-1994)
  • Label: Amphetamine Reptile
  • Format: DVD
"6 Dementia Satyr"
"Realization"
Music videos
2004 Relapse Records Contamination Fest 2003
  • Label: Relapse
  • Format: 2DVD
"Criminal"
"Maggots and Riots"
"Mayari"
"The Man Who Loved to Hurt Himself"
Live footage recorded during the 2003 Contamination Fest
2004 Recollection 2: Relapse Video Collection
  • Label: Relapse
  • Format: DVD
"The Descent" Music video
2005 Recollection 3: Relapse Video Collection
  • Label: Relapse
  • Format: DVD
"Mother's Ruin" Music video
2005 The Old, The New, The Unreleased: Undecided Records Sampler
  • Label: Undecided
  • Format: CD
"Nothing Else Matters" Metallica cover
2006 Threat: Music That Inspired the Movie
  • Label: Halo 8
  • Format: CD
"Willpower (I Know That You're Lying Remix)" Remix of "Willpower" by Darph/Nader
2015 The Color of Noise
  • Label: Amphetamine Reptile
  • Format: LP
"Come On Down and Get Saved"
2016 Dope Guns 'n Fucking in the Streets Vol. 1-11
  • Label: Amphetamine Reptile
  • Format: 2CD, LP
"Execution Style"

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