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Meaning In The Static

Meaning In The Static
On The Last Day Part Ways With Vocalist
May 24, 2007
Seattle-based rockers On The Last Day have released the following statement regarding the departure of vocalist Geoff Walker:

"On The Last Day Fans,

We regret to inform you that singer Geoff Walker will no longer be a part of On The Last Day. For a while now, the band (Aaron, Drew, Frank, and Justin) has been trying to grow in a direction that Geoff's presence would not allow. We feel that this course of action is ultimately the best for On The Last Day to continue its natural progression. We wish Geoff the best of luck with his future endeavors -- wherever they may lead.

Make no mistake, On The Last Day will not stop here. Aaron, Drew, Frank, and Justin will continue On The Last Day without Geoff and begin searching for a new vocalist immediately. We currently have new material in the works and hope to debut it as soon as possible.

If you would like to audition, please contact us at: singforotld@gmail.com.

We hope you all understand."

On The Last Day's debut album, 'Meaning In The Static', was released on August 22, 2006 via Victory Records.
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HOME TOWN: Seattle, WA
Justin - Guitar
Frank - Guitar
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Aaron - Bass
Drew - Drums

A noble attribute often ascribed to professional athletes is their ability to play with pain. That certainly applies to the fiery Seattle hardcore rock band On The Last Day. Consider this particular road hazard: “We were playing in Charleroi, PA this last tour,” singer Geoff Walker recalls. “And right at the end of ‘Leaving the Citadel’, [bassist] Aaron Johnson‘s headstock and my face crossed paths. He hit me and all I remember was thinking, "That‘s gonna bleed." I awoke a minute later to Justin handing me a towel and a river of blood meandering across the stage from my nose. I had to get a CaT Scan and two X-rays because I had been knocked out. The doctor said I had no broken bones, but some of the cartilage was detached at the bottom of my nose.”

Nevertheless, the band played on. “We only missed one show two days later, and only because, due to the medication I was on, I had completely lost control of my diabetes and was admitted to yet another ER, this time in critical condition. I played the next few shows looking like I was turning into a werewolf because the swelling was so bad. There were two more clinic visits for swelling and an infection. After about eight days I started looking normal again, although it‘s still extremely sensitive today.

There’s nothing normal about On The Last Day’s stunning debut album, Meaning In The Static, where the quintet displays a remarkable ability to create fierce, challenging music. with it. “Every song on the record is some form of therapy for me,” Walker admits. “They aren‘t always happy because sometimes I need to just get my most terrible thoughts on paper.” That he does in often graphic detail, as the raw passion and pain in his lyrics are reinforced by the slashing guitar work of Justin Johnson and Frank Gross and a non-stop propulsive rhythm section of bassist Aaron Johnson and drummer Drew Dowell. Together, On The Last Day packs a monumental wallop that will resonate in hearts and minds of hardcore rock fans the world over.

The title song, the first track to assault radio, typifies the band’s search for truth through loss and confusion. “We had a concept for the record that got a little lost in the process,” Walker explains. “This song is one of the surviving themes; it‘s about searching blindly for meaning where there maybe isn‘t any. It‘s about being terrified of nothingness at the end, and looking for an escape.” There’s no escape any of the raw edges in any of the songs, which often details real-life events. “Twelve CCs” painstakingly details Geoffrey’s hospital ordeal with diabetes; “Missing Frames” flashes back to the band’s van accident, and “A Welcome Haunting” recalls the drunk-driving death of two of his friends when he was 16. “I had a lot of trouble dealing with it for a long time,” he asserts. “I had a dream where I was able to talk to them and apologize for what I felt like I could have done to help them. It was therapy. It was a welcome haunting.”

It was a welcome happenstance that brought them all together. Dowell and brothers Justin and Aaron Johnson had known each other since grade school, before forming a band in high school. At around the same time they cut the original lead singer loose, Geoff Walker had moved from Vermont to Seattle, looking for a bigger and better music scene. They crossed paths in 2003, and it took only two practices before they knew they should work together. That was the official birth of On The Last Day, although second guitarist Frank Gross joined a year later. “The band name came from a song we did close to our inception,” Walker notes. “We liked it as a name because, much like our lyrics, it‘s very ambiguous. It leaves a lot open to interpretation. There are a lot of last days in our lives and they can mean a lot of different things."