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A Day Without Love has existed in many forms. Started as a solo act by frontman Brian Walker during his college years, the music took on the shape of a full-band when Walker collaborated with Philadelphia producer Jake Detwiler in 2013. The resulting debut EP, "Island", was a sharp contrast from the mellow acoustic musings that Walker had leaned on in the past - it was aggressive, grungy, and energetic.
Since then, A Day Without Love has seen a rotating cast of musicians surround the singer/songwriter for a handful of short releases (Confessions Of The Innocent Mind (2014), A Day Without Oscar split EP (2014), Songs For The Lonely (2015), Young Professionals (2015).
It was a hard but productive 2015-2016 for Brian Walker and A Day Without Love. Walker, who is open with fans on social media, lost his grandfather, a major role model and positive force in his life. He also covered 90 songs in 90 days to benefit the nonprofit Erika’s Lighthouse, which helps teens with depression; played South x Southwest; started writing a book; and recorded, wrote and toured the U.S.
Those pain-and-gain experiences—the pain and fire of loss, the sublime feeling of building something out of your heart—were channeled into Solace, a full length album to be released August 30, 2016, on Sounds and Tones Records(CDs) and Running Around Records (cassettes).
It’s not exactly the documentation of a coming-of-age moment. The 13-song LP covers Walker’s experience coming to terms “with things I no longer tolerate,” he says.
There’s a point in life where you decide what you can take with you, and what you should leave behind; Solace is about that point. “It’s about things I’m growing comfortable with, about finding comfort in your suffering,” he says.
The album is stripped down and raw, Walker punctuating jangling guitars with darkly honest musings on the nature of suffering and the feeling of walking away. “I want to find my capacity to take it all and spit it out,” he belts out on Capacity.
The Philly-based artist covers topics like loneliness and racism (his grandmother’s take on racism in America is featured on “I Hope It Ends”), but also redemption, of turning away to find strength and comfort in himself: “Then I started to face my fears,” he sings on Green. “That’s when things got real weird.”
06. It Hurts
07. Constantly Ignored
08. I Hope It Ends One Day
10. Too Fast
11. Never Judge
12. They Don't Want Us To Live
This is a great album folks with well crafted tunes that ensure repeat listens and is indeed a worthy addition to your music collection, you will not be disappointed, I know I wasn't, and you can pre-order 'Solace' either as Digital Album, Compact Disc or Cassette here.
The first single 'It Hurts' has been released and is available for purchase here.
The second single 'Solace' will released on August 16 following a tour with local Philly artist Liz De Lise. Find out more at soundsandtonesrecords.com, or via A Day Without Love’s Facebook page.
A Day Without Love is currently seeking new members, while playing/touring in the east coast regional area.