In more ways than its members would prefer, Another Black Day is just another rock act attempting to turn a dream into a career. We're catching the South Florida outfit early in its newest chapter; its self-titled debut album is due May 20. While lead single "Wicked Soul" has been added by plenty of rock radio stations around the country, the quartet is hoping to build momentum as an opener on the current Drowning Pool tour.
Singer-guitarist Matthew Wilkof can hardly disguise his excitement about the future of Another Black Day, a band he helped form four years ago.
"Dude, we won the lottery," says Wilkof, calling from outside of Atlantic City, N.J. "It's like winning the fucking Powerball. I think we're good musicians and stuff, but it blows me away. It's very surreal. There are all of these bands out there, but our song is doing really well."
It's probably best Wilkof doesn't pay too close attention to touring mate Drowning Pool, which remembers having the rock world by the balls a few years ago until lead singer Dave Williams died in 2002. Since then, Drowning Pool has suffered from a diminishing fan base and loss of relevance.
One thing Wilkof feels Another Black Day has going for it is something ostensibly every musician in the world claims: that his band's music is markedly different from the spate of pablum that's infected rock radio in recent years.
The singer is banking on the ballad "Wicked Soul" and the progressive-metal sounding "Another Black Day" to light a fire behind his band (which used to be called From the Ashes). Good or bad, the truth is that the group's material isn't different, as much as it is familiar in a unique light.
"Our material borders on a mixture of everything from old-school metal to grunge to modern technical metal," Wilkof says. "We're kind of a heavy band, but I sing. I don't scream, so we have our own little niche.
"It's heavy enough to people who like old-school heavy metal stuff, but then it's modern enough to reach the masses on radio."
Someone reaching the masses these days is Another Black Day guitarist Ernesto Paez, who has himself a hooking-up streak of sorts. Alas, someone is enjoying the perks of being part of a national touring rock act.
"He's had girls every night," Wilkof says. "Usually I'm bummed out, too, because there was a chick that was sweating me, and he said he hooked up with her. It's kind of a drag, but whatever. I'm married. Hopefully I'll still be married by the time I get back from tour."