STORY WRITTEN BY MIKE PRINCE
For 21st Century Media
A reunion tour almost always makes for a good story. Besides having a chance for the band members to get together for the first time in years and get back to doing what they love, it more so gives a chance for the band to reconnect with their fans, and vice-versa.
When Jesse Vest and the rest of Days of the New took the stage near Chicago back on June 27, the band got that opportunity to finally get in touch with their fans in a live setting for the first time in 16 years. And with 15 dates until the end of the year — including one on Thursday, July 24 at 8 p.m. at the Sellersville Theater — Vest and his bandmates will continue their trip down memory road, performing together with the original band lineup for the first time since the 1990s.
An alternative rock and post-grunge rock band which formed in 1995 in Charlestown, Indiana, Days of the New consists of vocalist and guitarist Travis Meeks, Todd Whitener and Matt Taul, along with Vest on bass guitar.
Vest says scheduling has been “weird” since getting the band back together, with everyone working on different projects and having various commitments, but is excited at the opportunity of playing with the band he helped start nearly 20 years ago.
“With only 15 shows this year and maybe more like 20 when all is said and done, I think it helps us to appreciate every show,” Vest said. “I think it’s a good thing to space them out and give us time to think about things. We can do better and have time to rehearse in between shows and we treat each 2-3 show run more like events rather just being a single concert on a tour. We’re trying to make this happen without uprooting lives and families since we’ve been separated for a long time.”
Days of the New began as a trio called Dead Reckoning, consisting of Meeks, Vest and Taul, focusing on experimental rock and metal. After added Whitener, they became the band which is together now, and most well known for the single, “Touch, Peel and Stand,” a hit single off of the band’s debut album, also known as “Orange” or “Yellow” after the color of the disc itself. The album was released in 1997 and sold 1.5 million copies.
The band released two more albums before breaking up, and on May 30 of this year, Days of the New announced plans to release brand new material on an EP to be released this fall.
Vest believes that through social media — including Facebook, where the announcement of the new album was made — his band will be able to reach out to many more people than back in the 90s.
“It’s not going to be easy, but we believe that with social media becoming the force that it is, this reunion will be a success,” Vest said. “People are telling us online that they’re happy we’re back and we can’t believe how supportive people have been after all these years. It’s pretty crazy. When you approach something like this, you have to do it with what makes the most sense. After a tumultuous past and us not always seeing eye to eye, you have to look at through the prism of that. We know it’s not going to be easy.
“At first, I was going into this blindly, but after the run that we had last weekend, I think that it’s really just about getting to touch base with fans again. I saw people last weekend that I hadn’t seen in over 15 years and I’m sure there will be a lot more of that. To see familiar faces and meet new people is what we’re looking forward to the most.”
Vest said that the band has never been to Sellersville, but they have friends from other bands who have played the theater there.
“We’ve heard it’s very, very nice, and we are looking forward to it,” he said.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Days of the New
WHEN: Thursday, July 24 at 8 p.m.
WHERE: Sellersville Theater, 24 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville.
TICKETS: For tickets check www.st94.com or call (215) 257-5808.