Die Another Day – Wild Fire (EP) (2020)
For fans of Atreyu, Lamb of God, System of a Down, A Day To Remember, Thrice
Album Title: Wild Fire
Release Date: April 10, 2020
Label: DAD Records
L-R – Tyler Johansen (Bass, vocals), Ricardo d’Almeida (Guitar, vocals), Justin Bennett (Guitar), Jared Boyd (Vocals), Adam Hensby (Drums)
Photo by: Brandynn Leigh Photography
Die Another Day is one of Calgary, Canada’s freshest bands. Conceived in the spring of 2019 with a variety of inﬂuences, the quartet expands into multiple genres, getting fans excited to embrace different styles of music. Releasing their introductory singles ‘Broken Youth’ during August of 2019 followed by ‘Life To The Max‘ this past February, the band gave a taste of what’s to come from their forthcoming debut EP ‘Wild Fire’ due out April 10, 2020.
Bassist Tyler Johansen explains:
“We wanted to share with the world our more aggressive hard-hitting side of our music. This is an EP that means the world to us as it touches on so many personal notes as well as being our first full outing as a band so we really wanted to come out swinging with this one. It’s exciting to bring more than a single out to share with everyone; we cannot wait to show you all what months of practicing, writing, and recording is going to look and sound like.”
Lyrically, the release is based around emotions that they’ve felt in past experiences of their lives. Some of these songs cover subjects/ moments of band member’s lives that are very personal to them. Some are more based around observations of the state of things around the world. Not necessarily exact ways of how things are, but observations from their point of view.
“We really wanted something that will resonate with people or make them think when they’re listening to the lyrics.”
Live, Die Another Day brings a high energy stage show that’s guaranteed to get people off their feet and moving along to the music. From making the crowd become a part of the songs they perform, to diving right in and making themselves a part of the action that’s taking place within the audience, the band isn’t afraid of giving every ounce energy to have a good time with every person in the room.
Fans of aggressive, energetic, melodic, heavy, upbeat bangers in the vein of metalcore and pop-punk plus whom enjoy bands like Atreyu, A Day To Remember, Thrice, Avenged Sevenfold will have no issues putting Die Another Day on repeat.
Track by track explanation by the band:
1. Ignite the Flame
As we were getting ready to go into the studio, I had the idea for an intro track to “Wild Fire.” Just off of the words I had written down, our producer, Jesse, and I threw together the track that we felt best described these lyrics and really gave us the proper introduction into this EP/ first full track.
2. Wild Fire
This is where the head-banging begins. Jared wrote this very aggressive riff and began adding all the extra synth parts that really make the song come together. To us, this is a song that really knocks you off your feet; when that chorus hits the first time, all I could picture was a crowd exploding into this giant mosh pit, and if you aren’t moshing, then those gang vocals will get your voice nice and warm when you join in on the fun. The lyrics are based upon my experience of living in negativity (both physically and mentally.) It becomes draining and tends to send you into a downward spiral. If you were to continue on this path, you’d find yourself losing a lot of relationships with loved ones, and end up really stuck in an endless cycle of burning every bridge/ connection to your life that you’ve made.
This has to be one of the most powerful pieces of music I’ve heard Jared write. It really encapsulates the style of music we wanted to go for when writing out this EP. The lyrics are very hard-hitting, and cover a serious subject through his relationship with alcohol which he has chosen to end. You can really feel the struggle that he’s gone through when you listen to the lyrics, and the music perfectly compliments that internal struggle. The amount of work we put into recording this one was another step forward for us too. We didn’t stop writing or working on this even through recording. Every time we stopped while in the studio, it seemed like one of us or Jesse, would have an idea of something to add, whether it was to the vocals or any of the instruments.
4. Green Eyes
Metalcore bands can write love songs, right? This song was probably the biggest collaborative effort for us to write. It’s a lot more progressive than anything we’ve previously worked on, Jared and I wrote these lyrics together (we spent months bouncing lines back and forth to each other,) and it was a lot of fun to get to try so many different things in the studio for some of these sections. We added a couple of sections from the original demo and even our original performance, so it’s really cool to see it change and evolve into the final result from start to finish.
5. Fear The Future
We like listening to different genres and trying them out within our songs. They don’t always pan out, but I think we hit the mark with this one! Jared challenged me to write lyrics like a nu-metal/ rap song I had written for a previous band, and this was the result. The verse is the right tempo that you could probably even change the style/ instruments used to make it a rap song. Still very aggressive, and hard-hitting from start to finish. The style of chords that were chosen in the verse really express the struggle that we talk about in the lyrics, whereas the more resolved sound and feeling through the chorus really ties it together perfectly. I think I definitely put Jared through hell the first week or so of him having to both learn the words as well as learn how to get enough air to scream them at the same time.
6. Poison IV
This song originally just went to the breakdown after the first chorus then ended. It was an attempt to see if we could write a metalcore song that was to be played by a punk band. It uses some slightly different music theory then we’ve ever used before and took a lot of work to really figure out how to blend a couple genres and styles together that we don’t typically use. This one really pushed our boundaries. Lyrically, it covers a situation in my life that is really hard to explain or understand for me, so it’s written from the perspective of someone else through the conversations I had with them about said situation. It also wraps up our EP perfectly through the piano outro that Jesse helped us write and add-in.
Album Title: Wild Fire
Release Date: April 10, 2020
Label: DAD Records
Track Listing of Album:
1. Ignite The Flame (1:19)
2. Wildfire (3:16)
3. Razorblades (3:12)
4. Green Eyes (4:37)
5. Fear The Future (2:56)
6. Poison IV (5:15)
EP Length: 20:37
• All songs performed by: Die Another Day
• All songs written by: Die Another Day
• Produced by: Die Another Day and Jesse Kopala
• Mixed by: David Sustaita
• Mastered by: David Sustaita
• Album Artwork by: Rob Walden
• Canadian Content (MAPL)
Album Band Line Up:
Jared Boyd – Vocals
Tyler Johansen – Bass, guitar, vocals
Adam Hensby – Drums, guitar
Ricardo d’Almeida – Guitar
Live Band Line Up:
Tyler Johansen – Bass, vocals
Ricardo d’Almeida – Guitar, vocals
Justin Bennett – Guitar
Jared Boyd – Bass, vocals
Adam Hensby – Drums
2019 – Broke Youth (single)
2020 – Life to the Max (single)
Shared Stage with:
Hawking, Nothing Gold, The Galacticas, Only the Strong