Devour the Day. Juice file photo.
Devour the Day headlines Rock Girl pageant
Published on November 19th, 2013 | by Joe Lawler
Saturday local women will vie for the title of Lazer Rock Girl at KAZR 103.3’s annual Lazer Rock Girl Pageant.
The winner gets $40,000 in cash and prizes, and she’ll be crowned before a performance by the Tennessee rock band Devour the Day.
The band was formed from the ashes of the metal band Egypt Central, which performed for nearly a decade and had a hit with the song “White Rabbit.”
Devour the Day was founded by Egypt Central’s Joey “Chicago” Walser and Blake Allison, and that band’s former guitarist, Jeff James, is a touring member of DTD.
Walser said Egypt Central imploded when the singer decided to leave the band, but that he and Allison wanted to keep making music.
“Blake and I wanted to continue playing music, continue our dream,” Walser said during a phone interview. “We weren’t ready to give that up, so we needed to form something new. We’ve been blessed with the result so far.”
Devour the Day released its debut album, “Time & Pressure,” earlier this year, and “Good Man” has been a top 10 hit on the Mainstream Rock charts.
The band has a different sound than Egypt Central, thanks in part to Allison stepping out from behind the drums and handling lead vocals for the band.
Walser said he and Allison went back to their influences, focusing on their rock and punk influences to drive the sound of Devour the Day. There were a lot of outside factors influencing Egypt Central; for Devour the Day they wanted to keep things simpler.
“With the last band there were so many voices in our ear. Everyone had an opinion,” Walser said.
“We recorded this record in my house. That allowed us the ability to keep outside influence away, which can tarnish the artwork you’re trying to put out.”
Walser and Allison viewed their Devour the Day songs as a form of therapy. In addition to the band break up, Walser’s marriage was ending, as was a long-term relationship for Allison.
“Really, the only way to go was forward. I guess the inspiration was to not feel so crummy anymore,” Walser said.
So far this year, Devour the Day has been on tour with Hinder, Sevendust, Theory of a Deadman and Candlebox. Walser said the band will hit some festivals in 2014 and has some good yet-to-be- announced tours lined up in support of larger acts.
So what’s Walser’s ideal rock girl?
“I’m probably drawn to women who are petite and intelligent. If you can’t hold a conversation, it’s not going to work out. We always talk about how picky we are in the Devour the Day camp.”
Lazer Rock Girl Pageant
When: 7 p.m. Saturday
Where: Wooly’s, 504 E. Locust St.