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From Noho to Napa for Gone By Daylight; Big Shot singer gets big break from Billy Joel.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Valley boys Gone By Daylight have rocked stages with Brett Michaels and Ed Kowalcyzk and The Misfits in recent months. Now they’ve finally put together an intimate, acoustic set, and they decide to have the performance all the way over in some vineyard in Napa, California? Talk about sowing some grapes of wrath.

“Not to worry, the band will be doing the exact same set at a to-be-announced Western Mass. venue on Friday, Dec. 13,” manager John O’Leary notes.

“We’ve had some really great live opportunities—not to mention getting our music into a bunch of MTV shows since we hooked up with HYPE [a partnership between MTV and EXTREME Music],” adds bassist Jordan King.

Behind the scenes, singer/six-stringer Eric Paquette reveals that the band is putting the wraps on a soon-to-be released EP that will move Gone By Daylight’s tunes into a decidedly different light than studio works past.

“We’ve reinvented the way we write as a band, and [we] work on it with our producers,” Paquette explains. “It definitely has its payoffs, too, allowing our sound on the record to finally translate to how we sound as a live band.”

For updates on the impending local play, be sure to visit the band’s online home at http://gonebydaylight.com.

Chances for fans to purchase the new EP or other merchandise and experience exclusive content, among other things, can also be found at feedthearts.com, a crowd-funding engine the band hopes will fuel the release of a full-length proper before South By Southwest in 2014.

 

Similarly celebrating new studio product this weekend is nationally touring/locally based musician Jamie Kent, who arrives at Noho’s Parlor Room (parlorroommusic.com) on Friday, Oct. 25 armed with his freshly minted Embers & Ashes EP.

“I want every tune on this EP to hit people hard, melodically, lyrically and emotionally—great songs are what put people on the national map,” says Kent, who will be performing with his band The Options. “I’ve realized that if I am going to take this to the next level, that’s where I need to be with my songwriting.”

Advance tix are $15, doors open at 7 p.m.

 

While scene stalwart Ray Mason is also proud of his latest sonic labor of love—the Lonesome Brothers’ (lonesomebrothers.com) recently released Check Engine—it is a fast-approaching command performance at the Academy of Music this Saturday, Oct. 26, that has him positively pumped these days.

e_SDLqVinnie Brandi of Galaxy Entertainment got ahold of me and asked if I would do a solo set,” he says of his inclusion on the Roadhouse Reunion show, which features The Spampinato Brothers and the Commander Cody Band. “I really dig the Commander and am a huge Spampinato fan—so of course I said yes!”

Tix for this 7:30 p.m. show range from $24 to $39 and can be purchased by calling (413) 584-9032 ext. 105 or visiting academyofmusictheatre.tix.com.

 

Last but not least, Mike DelGuidice and his Billy Joel tribute band Big Shot have played up the following New York Times quote in their press materials for years: “They had a hard time convincing me it wasn’t me. It’s uncanny.”—Billy Joel.

Perhaps the piano man will get some closure on this proverbial case of mistaken musical identity when DelGuidice himself sits beside him on stage, as Big Shot manager Tom Cavalier reports will be the case very soon.

“Mike has been asked by Billy Joel to join his band for the upcoming U.K. tour,” Cavalier reveals. “He will be playing guitars and singing behind Billy as well as being his ‘stunt double’ for rehearsals by helping to prep the band.”

That tour kicks off at England’s Manchester Arena Oct. 29. DelGuidice’s Big Shot is slated to play The Infinity (infinityhall.com) in Norfolk, Conn. Nov. 23.•

 

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