Help get local band Demon Days onto the Falls Downtown lineup
After taking out the comp with our chosen band last year, Music Insight has again been asked to ‘foster’ a local band and show the world why they should be on the lineup.
Enter, Demon Days – a four-piece neo-soul outfit who have been taking Perth by storm since forming just over a year ago.
This eclectic bunch has managed to take hip hop, soul, funk and jazz, and squash them together with a finesse far beyond their years.
So what do we know about them?
Vocalist Bella Nicholls, keyboardist Josh Chan, bassist Marley Donnan and drummer Mark Ashforth met while studying at the WA Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), after putting the band together for a one-off charity event.
It wasn’t long before they realised there was something magic going on.
“We just started jamming and we thought we’d write some originals as well – give that a crack,” said Chan.
Momentum grew quickly, and gig offers came thick and fast.
“We played an open mic night at Mojos, which was our first gig, and we got a lot of hype from that,” added Nicholls.
“We got a weird amount of hype from that gig so we were like, okay, let’s continue then. We got gig offers straight away.”
Having already clocked up an impressive string of supports including Sex on Toast, Fortunes, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, POW Negro, and Sampology, Demon Days are about to embark on their first-ever national tour – so you can see for yourself what all the hype is about.
Although they credit Melbourne outfit Hiatus Kaiyote and BADBADNOTGOOD as their biggest influences, they say their sound and style are still evolving.
It’ll make it feel real. When you just play small venues in Perth, it feels like a hobby or a side project, but to get a big slot like Falls, it’s like, this could actually be real. We could actually make something. We’re not just a couple of kids jamming out.
There’s a collaborative approach to songwriting, while Nicholls mostly takes care of the lyrics.
“They’re all autobiographical. They’re all about my experiences, or my phobias. I’m scared of a lot of shit,” she laughed.
On the eve of their national tour, the band has been gigging non-stop to raise the money for their upcoming tour and generating plenty of buzz in the process.
What would playing at Falls mean to them?
According to Ashforth, it would mean exposing Perth’s burgeoning soul scene to a wider audience.
“There’s kind of a soul scene growing in Perth which we’re part of. We’d like to see that grow,” he said.
Nicholls reckons it’ll be “the best opportunity we’ve ever been given”.
“It’ll make it feel real. When you just play small venues in Perth, it feels like a hobby or a side project, but to get a big slot like Falls, it’s like, this could actually be real. We could actually make something. We’re not just a couple of kids jamming out.”
Demon Days now need you to spread the word and vote to help them play their biggest gig yet.
Demon Days tour dates
Fri 6 Oct – Penny Black, Melbourne VIC
Sat 7 Oct – Exeter Hotel, Adelaide SA
Wed 11 Oct – Sosueme, Bondi NSW
Thu 12 Oct – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney NSW
Fri 13 Oct – Milk Factory, Brisbane QLD
Sat 14 Oct – Nightquarter, Gold Coast QLD