Dave Benedict (bass), Danny Craig (drums), Jeremy Hora (guitar), Dallas Smith (vocals)
(1) - "A removal from the usual place of residence."
(2) - "Departure from the usual state, an ecstasy." - Websters
When Default singer Dallas Smith was flipping through the dictionary, the word "elocation" caught his eye suggesting the perfect title for the bands second album. "Elocation describes exactly how we felt over the last couple of years," Smith says.
The road was Defaults residence for almost two years after the release of their 2001 TVT Records debut, The Fallout. The bands intensive touring schedule (400 gigs plus) and the stunning songcraft of that album saw The Fallout attain platinum status in both Canada and the U.S., with total international sales in the 1.2 million range. The track "Wasting My Time" became a huge Top 40 crossover hit, while subsequent singles "Deny," "Live A Lie" and "Sick & Tired" drove the band to A 2002 Juno Award for Best New Rock Group, a Billboard Award nomination, and an appearance on The Tonight Show among other memorable highlights.
The legions of Default fans will be pleased to know that while Elocation looks deeply into the bands two years of growth away from home, it still maintains and highlights the bands knack of uniting trademark harmony and thought provoking lyrics to its uncompromising old school bonecrushing musicianship. From the opening assault of "Who Followed Who" and "Throw It All Away" through the anthemic first single "Taking My Life Away" (already racing up rock radio charts) and the atmospheric ballads "Made To Lie" and "All She Wrote," Default demonstrate a sonic sweep duplicated by very few peers. "This album has flavors of the old and a couple of new flavors we learned from the road," explains guitarist Jeremy James Hora. "We all have different favorite styles, and that brings an eclectic background into our writing," adds drummer Danny Craig. "That makes for a more interesting album."
Defaults refreshing versatility was enhanced by their use of three ace producers. The bulk of Elocation was produced by Rick Parasher (Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains) in Seattle, while Butch Walker (Sevendust) and Nickelback mainman Chad Kroeger, a key early booster, chimed in on three other cuts. "Each producer has a different way of getting sounds and recording songs," notes bassist Dave Benedict. "That was cool as it puts a different twist on the album."
Smith may have been a vocal novice when Default formed four years ago, but he is now at the top of his game. For proof, check out his incendiary cover of Jeff Buckleys "Cruel," with Dallas turning in a performance Robert Plant would be proud to claim. Comrades Craig, Hora and Benedict similarly rock out with both power and finesse, testimony to the rewards of all that road work. Afterall laughs Smith, "When you play every night, youre not supposed to get worse!"