Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-Default
The Canadian post grunge band Default had some success with their 2001 debut CD The Fallout. They're more popular in Canada than the US and after their label went broke, they are looking to make a comeback. The group started as The Fallout in 1999 by guitarist Jeremy Hora and drummer Danny Craig. They were both veterans of the Vancouver music scene. A demo got the attention of Nickleback leader Chad Kroeger and he agreed to help them. They auditioned several vocalists and decided on high school pal Dallas Smith. They started playing around Vancouver and won a spot on the Vancouver Seeds 2000 comp CD. They added bassist Dave Benedict, changed their name to Default and Deny became a big hit on local radio. This led to a contract with TVT Records and their 2001 debut CD The Fallout was produced by Rick Parashar (Pearl Jam). Kroeger helped with some of the songwriting. The singles Wasting My Time and Deny did well and the album went platinum in Canada. They also won a Best New Group Juno in 2002. Their 2003 CD Elocation and 2005 CD One Thing Remains did OK in Canada but didn't catch on in the US. Default had a CD ready to be released when TVT Records declared bankruptcy in Mar. 2008. The assets were sold to indie distributor The Orchard and according to the band's website, their new CD Still Standing will be released in Mar. 2009. It remains to be seen if Default can return to prominence but they're a pretty good mainstream band. Here's the video for Deny by Default featuring boxer Laila Ali.