The name may conjure images of the past, but pop/rock/punk band Bygone Days is fully focused on the future. With relevant lyrics combined with innovative melodies, Steve Perrino (vocals/guitar), Joe Botta ( bass), Dave Tirpak (lead guitar), and Garrett Gerken (drums) have as much fun as the audience when they perform. Playing to a full house at Mahall’s in Lakewood, Ohio, Bygone Days had the crowd dancing from the first song.
Music has a life of its own. What started as a solo, acoustic project by Perrino quickly became a full band with an original sound for Bygone Days. Botta and Tirpak, bandmates with Perrino in the successful pop/rock band Envoi quickly joined in, adding Gerken on drums to complete the lineup. The collaboration of musicians, new and old, came together in a thrilling pop/punk/rock sound that is taking the local scene by storm. The key to success for Bygone Days is realizing that there is always more to achieve.
A happy musician is a busy one. Perrino is a record producer and a consummate musician. The night before his debut show with Bygone Days, he filled in as bass player for The Spectators on the main stage at House of Blues. He mixed and recorded the first song for Bygone Days, but went to other producers for the new album they are working on. Perrino believes it is important to have objective input in the recording process to produce the best music. He explains, “We have different people working on different aspects of the CD to make sure that it is completely objective. We get someone telling us ‘that’s a bad idea, don’t do that’, or someone saying, ‘Hey, I hear this’ (which may be) something I hadn’t heard because I am so focused on playing guitar.” Bygone Days went to Bad Racket Studio for the music and Vibe Studio for the vocals on their new release which is due out this spring.
Survival depends on adapting to change. Lyrics from the song, “Denial” describe the fast paced world we live in. “No we never saw it coming/the way the world takes our dreams away from us/And right now the only thing that is carrying me along/Is that the world is still turning/And the sun keeps burning/And I’m still learning that nothing stays the same.” It is essential to accept and grow with each stage of life, no matter what obstacles you encounter. Perrino explained that the only constant in life is that there are no constants.
Multi-tasking is essential to the creative process. All of the members of Bygone Days have other musical projects, but that does not mean their efforts are scattered, nor does it divide their loyalties. Instead, each project provides a separate outlet, unique and individual, that allows creative expression in different forms. Perrino describes songwriting as an idea that evolves naturally and depends on personal experience in life and music. Starting with one small piece, a melody or phrase, then adding each individual part allows the song to blend together and become the cohesive, catchy tunes we hear. The band finds inspiration in each other and are better musicians, because they explore numerous avenues of music.
The stage show is irresistible, with enough energy to power a small city. Having played together in other bands, Bygone Days presents a performance that is provocative and engaging. But most of all, Bygone Days uses their collective talent and skill to bring listeners music that is impossible to play just once. They may be a new band in Cleveland, but I predict they will quickly become our favorite.