Clearly one of Cleveland’s favorite pop-punk bands, One Days Notice is popular because each show comes with a guarantee of fun. Chris Bassitt (vocals), Jesea Lee (guitar/vocals), David Vallo (guitar),
Justin Albaugh (bass), and Benjamin Torres (drums) love what they do and their excitement for music translates into a party mode that is impossible to resist. Their newest release, Blackout, is so compelling that they are having a CD Release Party to celebrate!
Two worlds, one voice. Bassitt was able to study in Ireland during college, where he found the two cultures blended in the music he writes. He fell in love with Irish music, but his heart was torn as he traveled back and forth from Ireland to the United States. He said, “I was kind of going through a period where every time I left one place I instantly missed it and felt miserable, so I wanted to write a song with a more positive spin about the whole situation and look at it as always coming home, whether it be Ireland or Ohio, instead of always leaving somewhere.” The song, featured on their second album, When Dinosaurs Get Drunk, is titled “Coming Home” and describes how Bassitt resolved to be a man with two homes.
Music is a group effort. Songwriting for One Days Notice is a group affair. It takes a combination of instinct, skill and experience. But how does an artist know what music will fit the lyrics? Vallo explains, “I actually don’t write lyrics and have no idea….I write a lot of the music and Chris and Jesea figure out the vocals. I do try and write songs that have an easy arrangement to sing over and that does come with years of experience and skill in knowing when and how to add/subtract parts.” Each member of One Days Notice adds their individual skills and talents to produce the songs we love.
Double duty is a labor of love. As a successful publicist in the music industry, Lee knows how difficult it is to find time for everything. Does he ever want to just give up and go with one career? “Depends on what day you ask me,” he explains. “Some days I just want to call it quits and focus on my career, but this is something that I’ve wanted to do for the last 16 years and that doesn’t just go away when things get tough.” However, knowing the business side of music has helped Lee in making decisions for One Days Notice and guiding their career. He juggles both jobs with finesse and it shows in the music. Blackout features the same One Days Notice-vibe fans fell in love with, but demonstrates how far they have come in more mature themes set to cohesive blends of music. Each song on the new album reflects where they are, with a hint of where they are going.
Back to the future. Released via Remember to Breathe Records, Blackout has a traditional punk feel designed to engage audiences worldwide. The song “All I Know” features simple but profound lyrics like, “All I know/I know/You know I want it all,” relaying the feeling of working hard to achieve your goals. The song is addictive, with its gang vocals, haunting refrains, and just the right amount of upbeat tempos to get the party started. They have thrilled audiences at Warped Tour and toured with The Offspring. The band is sponsored by CLE Clothing Company, Exodus Cymbals, and Whole Hearted Clothing. Their music has a global market and One Days Notice boasts a fan base from countries far and wide. Still, no matter where they perform, or what audience is in attendance, One Days Notice is always the band that you cannot get enough of. I have bought three physical copies of Blackout and still do not have the CD. Each time I share it, the disc disappears into another music lover’s collection. Lucky for me, Blackout can be streamed here.