I Read the News Today, Oh Boy: A Day in the Life Interview

Though young in age and together only a short time, the British band A Day in the Life are heavy on talent. Taking their name from the tune showcasing The Beatles at their best, and influenced by such legends as The Jam, The Kinks and The Specials, with a modern nod to Oasis and Blur, right up through to The Enemy, this bunch are the heirs to Britain’s mod rock/Britpop tradition.

Here now is a short conversation with band founder Dean Marroni on various subjects of interest like what inspires them, what their take on the current scene in Britain is, and why modern life is indeed rubbish.

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Band members from l to r: Garry Walker, Dean Marroni and Leroy Lupton

SATURDAY NIGHT: Tell me about yourselves…where you’re from and how you got together?

DAY: We’re A Day In The Life, a 3 piece from Morecambe. Only been together about 2 years. We met through college and just started jamming and what not before deciding to form an official outfit and that. Writing songs for summet to do shortly became an addiction and gave us a purpose in life.

SATURDAY: Your list of influences (Weller, Smiths, Madness, Specials, Oasis, WHO, Kinks, skinhead, suedehead) reads like a ‘best of’ list I might make up. How did you guys come to be interested in these bands and these subcultures? What’s the current state of like-minded bands in Britain?

DAY: The current state of like-minded bands is definitely on the increase in Britain. The British Indie scene (which we are very much a part of) shows tons of influence from groups such as The Jam and The Specials. How we got into it? Tough one… I suppose in a sense a lot of it all came out of listening to The Beatles. They are called as the greatest band of all time but in terms of what they did for British music and indeed music all over the world they are still underrated.

SATURDAY: Do you feel these youth movements are more naturally ingrained in the UK than the US?

DAY: I think the UK is the heart of the movements you listed (mod/skinhead/suedehead) to be honest. I mean, The Sex Pistols, The Specials, The Kinks etc all VERY influential bands and they’re all British. The rest of the world owes a LOT to British music we feel. We are proud of our home grown talent.

SATURDAY:  Are the British traditions that many of your heroes speak of disappearing? I’m told the face of old London is all but gone. Can you comment?

DAY: British tradition is very much slipping through our fingers as we speak which is a crying shame. it’s one of the things we’d love to see revived to the maximum. Apart from all this Royal Family business of course… What’s that about? it’s a joke. It’s insulting that the comman man spends his life working and paying for some family to be rich just so tourists can come and have summet to look at. We have enough for tourists. The Royal family should be ashamed, I’d love to see Charles apply for a job at Bargain Booze and earn his way like the rest of us. They’re dole dossers. Jammy bastards. It’s not right.

SATURDAY: This zine caters to so-called oi!/street rock bands: new, old, classic, run-of-the-mill….while I see the skinhead angle is there for your band, do you follow the oi! bands at all? What’s yer views on that?

DAY: The OI! scene is not entirely our thing so that’s a tough one mate. As you know, we often featured many Oi! influences in our early work but that seems to have been left behind and replaced with the Indie/Brit-Pop thing more, ya know. It’s just the way it goes. But we enjoy a good Sham 69 sing-a-long as much as the next geezer.

SATURDAY: How about skinhead reggae/Northern Soul then? What’s your angle on that?

DAY: We love it. Not our cup of tea like but definitely a mild coffee. 🙂

SATURDAY:  Let’s turn to the band – what motivates you to write tunes? Are you political? Is it the environment you come from? What makes you three get together and decide to deliver tunes in the way that you do?

DAY: Our songs are often very political! But at the same time also extremely personal. Me (Dean) and Leroy write the songs pretty much as a joint effort. I’m more of a poet n’ he’s more of a melody wizard so we make a good team. But we often swap roles and do it the other way round, just depends. We just write whatever we feel, and I know that’s a really cliche thing to come out with but we’re just very honest performers and we feel that being on stage and singing a song to a crowd of people is our chance to communicate things across to people. If we just stand their and and sing nonsense it’s waste of an opportunity to get views across and be heard. We wouldn’t wanna do that in a million years.

day1SATURDAY: What are your ultimate goals for this band? What do you hope to accomplish?

DAY: We want to be fucking massive all over the globe. No point beating around the bush and pretending we don’t want the glory. Of course we bloody well do. Who fucking doesn’t?

SATURDAY: As we speak, what is going on with you guys? Are you playing out alot? Who do you play with? When can we expect recordings?

DAY: We play quite a lot with a whole bunch of the other local bands. We’re trying to get more on the Manchester scene at the minute. That seems to be where it’s at. We’ve got many new recordings on the way on the MySpace! Stay tuned.

SATURDAY: Britain has a long history of power-pop/mod revival bands, and in recent years, I’ve really enjoyed some: The Ordinary Boys were my favorite band in the UK for a couple years and then really seemed to lose it. The Enemy are a current band that really seem to have it…but it seems these bands drop off or lose their way so quickly. Why do you think that is?

DAY: They get pressured into becoming more commercial. Simple as that.

SATURDAY: Who is on your own personal playlist these days, be they new or old? What bands should we across the pond look out for over there?

DAY: Keep a close eye on The Courteeners, they’re the tip top British Band at the moment! Also Orphan Boy, they are THE shit man. In terms of old I reckon more people should try getting into The Smiths. Best decision we ever made.

SATURDAY: There’s alot of readers in the U.S. interested in football and the whole hooligan phenom, the whole Cass Pennant/Liverpool boys/Cardiff Soul Crew/various crews thing. What’s your take?

DAY: We have a song that is loosely based around football hooliganism / gang culture here in modern Britain entitled ‘Salford Boys’ It’s probably our best tune. It’s fuckin’ mint. It’ll be on the Myspace around Christmas. Check it out.

SATURDAY: Speaking of, when’s your product available? I really do rate you guys as one of the top bands in Britain, and know several others who are eager to get material.

DAY: Good question. Very good question. From December 23rd to December 27th all the songs on the Myspace will be up for FREE download as a little xmas treat for the muchly appreciated fans.

There it is, folks. Check MYSpace from 12/23 – 12/27, and check out all you can by A Day in the Life

http://www.myspace.com/adayinthelifeuk

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