WHO: Jägermeister presents MY DARKEST DAYS
WHEN: Saturday, March 19, 7 p.m.
WHERE: GLC, tickets are $10, available at Ticketmaster, Ticketweb or at the GLC
Yes, the tales of Motley Crue-style tour debauchery are still very real. Thank heavens, because there is still a legion of kids banging away in suburban garages for no other reason than to gain success and get bloody well wasted.
That's not to say that the boys in My Darkest Days are after this but their music does lend itself to a particular branch of seedy rock fan. This should be no surprise to anyone that has heard or seen the video for their lead single, "Porn Star Dancing."
"For musicians in general, when you have any type of success, it's weird that everyone wants to give you everything for free," says lead guitarist Sal Costa.
"Whether it's girls wanting to give themselves for free -well, you shouldn't be paying for them anyways, but girls will be throwing themselves at you.
"People will be offering to give you drugs just to say that they gave you something."
The band has been on the road non-stop for nine months and has just played a show at the Sound Academy with Papa Roach and Buckcherry.
Last time those two bands played together, Costa was in the audience, as a devoted fan. Three years later they were sharing the stage. He says it hasn't been easy.
"Even when you feel that you're garnering some type of success, it's the music industry and you always have to remember that it can disappear at any second," says Costa.
In that three year period, they were gaining more fans and getting more attention but were still a bit wary about what they were getting themselves into.
A story: a few years ago Costa was playing in another band at Tattoo Rock Parlour in downtown Toronto. Costa was talking to the sound guy about his favourite bands and Costa happened to mention I Mother Earth as one of his favourites.
Sound Guy said, "Well, Edwin [IMF frontman] is going to be here tonight."
"Really?" Costa said. "That's amazing, I've been such a huge fan."
And sure enough, Edwin walks in. Costa's blown away because this is, like, one of his heroes standing right there in the club. Edwin walked behind the bar and....started cleaning it.
Costa saw this, took note of it. Learned from it, that gaining success is different than maintaining it.
"If you think about it too much, you're not going to be as honest as a musician," he says. "When you start to stray away from what you actually got into the music industry for, that will be the demise of your career."