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    Genre:Alternative, Rock
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    1Supposed To Be lyrics
    2Caught In The Moment lyrics
    3Let You Down lyrics
    4Throw It All Away lyrics
    5All Is Forgiven lyrics
    Wasting My Time lyrics
    7Fascination lyrics
    8Alone lyrics
    Taking My Life Away lyrics
    10By Your Side lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1The Fallout [2001]
    2Elocation [2003]
    3Comes & Goes [2010]
    4One Thing Remains [2005]


    Dallas Smith (vocals), Jeremy Hora (guitars), Dave Benedict (bass), Danny Craig (drums) "We're pretty much reinventing ourselves as a band." That's a fairly heavy statement for any singer to make, especially someone who fronts a relatively young band with a million-plus in record sales, several massive rock radio hits ("Wasting My Time", "Deny", "Taking My Life Away"), a bunch of late-night-tv show appearances and more than a few sold-out tours with some of the biggest alt- and active rock groups in the country under its belt. But Dallas Smith, frontman of the platinum rock band Default, knew that something needed to change before the group started work on its third record, One Thing Remains.

    "I mean, to think back to when we started six years ago, to get here to a third album is amazing," says the singer, who initially joined the Vancouver band in 1999 at the behest of his high school buddies Jeremy Hora and Danny Craig. "But we wanted to get a little heavier this time, yet keep our melody, too. That's what our first record [2001's The Fallout] did so well. And at the same time... we were really open to different ideas for the first time, both musically and lyrically. We sat down, discussed what had happened to us over the last few years on the road, went over what we heard and saw, and went from there."

    The first thing to change was the recording process. After devoting most of its sixyear existence to touring, the band spent a full year at home, writing songs at each others' houses and testing out new ideas. Chad Kroeger of Nickelback, who initially discovered Default on a demo tape and took the band on tour in its early days, swung by to hear some tracks and offer his help. So did Marti Fredrickson, a frequent collaborator with Aerosmith. Most importantly, after an extensive search and a few false starts, the band discovered the producer they'd always been looking for: Bob Marlette.

    "Bob's worked with everyone from Tracy Chapman to Black Sabbath to a bunch of jazz groups," says Smith. "We liked the idea that he had a experience with a wide spectrum of music." He laughs. "Besides ... he knows how to make a REAL rock record. We may not trying to be a metal band, but the way Bob works, even our ballads have balls now, you know?"

    For guitarist Jeremy Hora, it was a perfect match. "I've never done so many guitar parts on an album in my life," he admits. "But then again, I always say that everything we do starts with the Jimmys: Hendrix and Page. So for me, working with Bob was heaven."

    The final result, One Thing Remains, both re-establishes the band's melodic rock sound, yet expands on it in new and unexpectedly exciting ways. No, the group did not suddenly decide to wear matching outfits or plunder the catalog of Gang of Four and Joy Division; instead, the guys simply worked on their dynamics. "Hiding From the Sun" sports an aggressive guitar assault that does their Pacific Northwest heritage proud, while "The Way We Were" shows off a powerful new vocal range for Smith, who was somewhat of a novice singer when he started with the group six years ago.

    The album's two standout tracks, meanwhile, showcase the band's depth and range. "Count on Me," the first single (co-written by Kroeger), is an upbeat, anthemic track that's already hit it big on rock radio ... even before the song's official release. "It's a very positive song for us, and it gets away from the relationship-heavy lyrics that we've been doing for so long," says Smith. "Chad, and Bob, too, really helped us expand our world view on this album."

    But the band also performs a 180 degree turn on the opening track "All is Forgiven," a lush, mid-tempo rocker with a shimmery guitar sound that, at times, recalls an early 90s U2. It's a departure for the band, and Smith is damn proud of it. "We changed that song a million times," he remembers. "In some ways, it doesn't sound like our band, but it's my favorite song on the record, and I wanted to lead off with that. It was important to me."

    Default plan to spend at least the next year or so on the road, as they did with their two previous records, The Fallout and Elocation. A video for "Count on Me" is in rotation on all the major video outlets, and the band has tentative plans to hit several major festivals and radio shows over the next few months. And while other bands that started at the same time have already crashed and burned, Default seems to be at its peak.

    "It's a cliche, but everyone says on your third album you grow up," says Hora. "But you know what? It's true, at least in our case. And hopefully, you get better as you go along. Our eyes were really opened up over the last few years, and that's really reflected here. I'm more excited than I've ever been."

    Vancouver's Default fit the definition of straight-ahead hard rock in the early years of the 21st century: the guitar textures and melodic bent of grunge; the dark, brooding earnestness of post-grunge; and the deep, thick-sounding production (but not the rap influences) of new alternative metal. Default was formed as the Fallout in summer 1999 by guitarist Jeremy Hora and drummer Danny Craig, four-year veterans of the local Vancouver music scene; after auditioning several vocalists, they settled on former high school classmate Dallas Smith, whose power made up for his inexperience. The group recorded a demo with an unidentified bassist, and it fell into the hands of Nickelback's Chad Kroeger, who knew Hora and Craig from one of their previous bands. Kroeger offered to produce their independent recording sessions, and the group began gigging around Vancouver. In 2000, they entered a talent competition sponsored by a local radio station and won a spot on the Vancouver Seeds 2000 sampler CD, shortly before they changed their name to Default. Their song "Deny" subsequently became a smash hit on local rock radio, which led to a deal with TVT Records. Bassist Dave Benedict joined the band full-time not long after. Thus constituted, Default entered the studios with producer Rick Parashar in spring 2001 and recorded their official debut album, The Fallout; it was released later that year. Their follow-up, Elocation, came out in late 2003.
    Steve Huey, All Music Guide

    Default is a Canadian post-grunge band from Vancouver, British Columbia. Since forming in 1999 they have released four albums, and have sold more than a million records. The majority of their fan base is in Canada, but they gained popularity in the United States for their hit singles "Wasting My Time" and "Deny".

    The band was discovered by Chad Kroeger, the vocalist of Nickelback (also a Canadian post-grunge/alternative rock band), when their demo tape caught his attention. Kroeger subsequently lent support and production assistance to their first and second albums. Default's debut album, The Fallout, achieved instant success due to strong radio play of "Wasting My Time" and "Deny". In 2002 Default won the Juno Award for "Best New Group". On April 30, 2003 the record achieved a platinum album RIAA certification, signifying a million records sold.
    The follow-up album, Elocation, failed to gain the same amount of popularity in the United States as their first album; however, they did solidify their popularity in Canada. Elocation was most successful for their hit single "(Taking My) Life Away" which was played extensively on the radio and television in Canada. Their second single from Elocation was "Throw It All Away", which was then followed by "All She Wrote". Elocation was subsequently nominated "Best Rock Album of the Year" at the 2005 Juno Awards. The single "Count On Me" from their third album, One Thing Remains, was a hit on Canadian radio stations before the album was even released. After the official release, the album was very successful in the United States.
    Default's hit single "Deny" was featured in the video and computer game NHL 2003 by EA Sports. Their song "The Memory Will Never Die" was used as a secondary theme song for WWE's WrestleMania 23. They also contributed an original song called "Blind" to Music from and Inspired by Spider-Man. According to Default's blog on their official website, the band was originally hoping to have their fourth album finished and ready to be released by the summer/early fall of 2007, but the date was postponed to March 2008. TVT Records filed for bankruptcy in February, and was sold in a private auction to The Orchard, an online independent music distributor. With the album finished, a tentative release date of March 2009 was announced in mid-2008, but the material was not released. In an audio interview with the website AlternativeAddiction.com, it was announced that the new record, Comes and Goes, would be released in September 2009 via EMI Canada Records. The album was released on September 29, 2009 in Canada. It was subsequently released in the U.S. on October 25, 2010.

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