The seeds of New York's dayinthelife?
were planted in the now-defunct N.Y. hardcore band Mind Over Matter
. The band released two independent albums (and toured both the U.S. and Europe), and it was in that group that singer George Reynolds
and singer/guitarist Josh DeMarco
first collaborated. When the group splintered, Reynolds
and DeMarco set out to form a new band that embraced other kinds of music (including alternative, heavy metal, hardcore, psychedelia, etc.). They also wanted to concentrate on developing their original two-singer attack over a wall of dense guitar riffing. The rest of the band (bassist Kris Fleischmann, guitarist Blunt
, and drummer John Kamoosi) came together quickly, since they were already friends and played in rival bands from the Long Island, NY area. After catching the ear of producer/Building Records president Don Fury
), the group was signed on the strength of their live show and unique sound. The band released their self-titled debut in the autumn of 1997.