What is in a band name? Is it something that should sound cool to just sell CD’s? Seven Days thinks not. A considerable amount of information can be gleaned about a person or entity from understanding a name. Seven Days is derived from The Seven Days Battles during the American Civil War. From June 25, 1862 to July 1, 1862, General Lee and McClellan faced each other in a series of six battles, encompassing seven days. The Seven Days Battles embodied the typical traits of the Generals. McClellan was in, almost always, a constant state of retreat; whereas, Lee was on the attack. In the end, McClellan’s Army of the Potomac and Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia both suffered heavy losses. After a July 1st failed offensive, Lee quickly realized McClellan would not dare lose his defensive position and threaten Richmond. At which point Lee marched towards what would be the Second Bull Run Battle.
With this reverence for American history just in the band name, it should be understood that Seven Days is a group of musicians whose ideals are based in patriotism. They are not a “shut up and play” musical act. This band embodies, embraces, and supports a truly pro-American identity. With that said, they have pledged to donate one dollar for every CD sold (including 2005’s BLACKLISTED) to The Wounded Warrior Project. Having God-given talent is meaningless, unless it is used for good. This is Seven Days’ way of trying to do some good with the music they create. Our service men and women are the most deserving of support and thanks, especially our wounded veterans. Without their sacrifice, Seven Days believes we would not be able to enjoy and cherish our uniquely American existence, including our music, Rock n’ Roll. SUPPORT THE WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT, DONATE: WWW.WOUNDEDWARRIORPROJECT.ORG
In 2000, when most middle school-aged kids were playing grand theft auto on PS2 or hanging out at the mall on the weekends, Alan (drums) and Treven (guitar) were jamming late into the evenings playing anything from Papa Roach to Glenn Miller. It was at the young age of 12 that music began to dominate their lives. With school jazz band, rock school shows, and every weekend playing, these two young men developed an unbreakable musical partnership.
After many incarnations of bands, Alan and Treven formed Seven Days with Andrew Ransom on bass and Nick Bradley handling vocals and rhythm guitar. With a hefty schedule of live shows starting in 2003, Seven Days crammed in studio time at Mr. Smalls’ Funhouse to record their debut album BLACKLISTED (released 2005 on CreativeLifeRecords).
Towards the latter part of 2005, Andrew Ransom and Nick Bradley left the band. At which point Alan and Treven both explored different musical opportunities in college. In 2007 Alan and Treven (covering vocals) reunited as Seven Days, with Don Custer on bass. With numerous jam sessions, scratch recordings, and live shows, Seven Days began fine tuning and arranging material for their new CD, LATER ON, THEN, in 2010.
Recorded at Ego Rug Studios, LATER ON, THEN (released 2012) epitomizes the musical ideals Seven Days has striven towards for years. Focusing on a tight rhythm section, harmonically enthralling riffs, skillful drum fills, and melodic guitar solos, this band-produced album embodies all aspects of hard rock musicianship.
The musical influences of Seven Days are just as varied, as they are plenty. This can clearly be heard in LATER ON, THEN. For example, "The Hours" is a progressive metal symphony of sorts with a myriad of passages and movements, "Black Cadillac" is a hard-rocking riff machine and beat driven juggernaut, "Later On, Then" is an unexpected grooving blues rocker, and "Blackberry Blues" is a bluegrass inspired country tune. Even though these songs vary in composed style, the overall musical theme of LATER ON, THEN, and Seven Days, is something truly unique.