Will Dailey – Torrent BIO by hcj


									                            Will Dailey – Torrent BIO

At their best, singer/songwriters provide a link to the past while embodying their
own times – and there is no better example of this continuum than Will Dailey,
the award-winning Boston singer/songwriter who returns in 2009 with Torrent 1-2.
Dailey‟s music may be rooted in classic rock – as he says, “It‟s part of your
vernacular growing up” – but his songs aren‟t stuck in the past, they‟re vital,
beautiful tunes about the here and now. And there‟s no better illustration of how
Dailey is all about the present than Torrent, which is not an album in the
conventional sense: it‟s an ongoing project. Call Torrent a conversation between
artist and audience, as it invites listeners to follow Dailey on his journey as an
artist, to witness how he writes and records songs, to be part of his creative

Throughout 2009, Dailey will be digitally releasing EPs every three months, all
collecting songs he‟s recently written. “After you‟re done, you realize, „Oh! That’s
what it‟s about,” explains Dailey, so each installment of Torrent reflects a certain
theme or mood. The first, Fashion Of Distraction, was largely written under the
influence of the sounds of the '60s and early '70s, particularly the Byrds, so it's
fitting that Roger McGuinn guests as a guitarist/vocalist on "Peace of Mind," a
song whose lyrics are very much rooted in 21st century topical concerns and
timeless emotional introspection. Another EP, By the Blue Hills, will follow in the
spring and is a collection of songs saluting Boston and Will‟s musical family there,
featuring cameos from Boston luminaries and Dailey friends Kay Hanley (Letters
to Cleo), Tanya Donelly (Belly, Throwing Muses), Elliott Easton (The Cars), Tim
Brennan (Dropkick Murphys) and local fixtures Duke Levine and Sean Staples.
These two EPs will then be paired as physical copies, complete with extras and
presented in CODE, a high-resolution audio standard pioneered by T Bone

No other artist – not Radiohead, not Nine Inch Nails, not Prince – has taken such
full advantage of all the possibilities for releasing music in this rapidly-shifting
music business as Will Dailey does with Torrent. “We‟re told that it‟s a new day
and that the restraints are off and the music business paradigm is changing,”
says Will, “and if you‟re Trent Reznor or Radiohead, that might very well be true.
But most of us are still grappling with the machine and searching for ways to
make it work for us.” These thoughts led Dailey to the constantly evolving Torrent,
which isn‟t merely an innovative project – one that redefines and reconfigures
what an album is in the 21st century – but an artistically fulfilling endeavor, too.
“I‟m happiest when I‟m writing songs, recording them and performing them,”
says Dailey, and Torrent grants listeners a window into this private world. Unlike a
typical album – which can take upwards of two years to record and release –
Torrent allows him to get his music out to listeners with an immediacy unheard of
even in independent rock, something that Dailey, as a veteran of Boston‟s
vibrant rock scene, is intimately familiar with. Indeed, Torrent reconnects with his
beginnings as a musician, when he had to get his music out anyway he could.

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Back in those early days, Dailey was playing on his own in coffeehouses and in
bars with “bands you‟re in for too long because they‟re your best friends, not
because you have musical goals together.” Dailey broke from this routine in 2003
when went out on his own to make GoodByeRedBullet. “I was adamant about
having no computer involvement, keeping it really raw,” explains Dailey, who
sold the album in a similar stripped-down fashion, touring across the US on his
own, selling enough copies at gigs to travel to the next town. “The CD physically
fed me, got me across the country, got me to Los Angeles and I started to
advance to the next level.” The album received attention from Billy Zero on XM
Radio and soon record labels were courting Will, and he spent the next year
figuring out his next move. Just as he was getting his plan sorted out, he was
struck with appendicitis. “Like a lot of musicians, I didn‟t have health insurance
and I got hit with an astronomical bill for a common procedure. I hadn‟t seen
that much money in my life!” He headed back to Boston, where he quickly got
word that he had been offered a deal with an indie label, who asked him to fly
back out to LA to record a second album. Instead, he hunkered down in Boston
with his backing band the Rivals and recorded Back Flipping Forward in a
speedy nine days.

“It was an album of survival,” says Dailey of the album that brought him to the
major leagues. “I was kind of a mess, kind of leaning on my producer, Tom Polce.
Right before he pressed record on the first track, he said they‟re thinking of
starting up CBS Records again and they‟d love to hear what we‟re doing. At that
point in my life, I heard it all before: „somebody‟s uncle‟s dog knows somebody
at a label.‟ By then, I was just making music, I figured out ways to not need a
label. Lo and behold, I put the record out and five months later I‟m the first one
signed to CBS Records.”

That signing was just one highlight in the acclaim that followed Back Flipping
Forward. On its strength, Dailey won the Boston Music Award for Best Male
Singer/Songwriter in 2006, CBS re-issued the album and Dailey‟s music started
popping up in hit TV shows like The Hills, CSI: Miami, Eli Stone and CSI: New York,
where Will himself performed on camera. All this activity laid the groundwork for

There‟s no denying this ongoing project is a new way of getting his music out
there, something that‟s necessary in this day and age – “I don‟t want to
rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic,” jokes Dailey, “I want to make a really
strong raft, get people on it and start paddling” – but what really matters are the
songs themselves, how Dailey speaks to our troubled times on “Peace of Mind,”
how he revives the jangle of the Byrds with layers of 12- and six-strings on “So
Many Wrong Ways,” how “Keep You a Mystery” shuffles along on a loping
country-beat, how “Never Be Your Baby” surges on its soaring chorus, how
“Allston” ends it all on a beautifully moody note. This is timeless music that speaks
to the soul, just like the best singer/songwriters always do.

      Media contact: Carleen Donovan/Press Here Publicity (212) 246-2640

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