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Default, ‘Comes and Goes’ — New Album

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Canada’s Default scored a major hit with the single “Wasting My Time” from their 2001 debut, ‘The Fallout,’ which was produced by Nickelback‘s Chad Kroeger. It seems like ages ago, but despite the band’s biggest hit coming at the beginning of its career, Default are still doing their thing!

They will release their first album in the U.S. in almost five years in the form of ‘Comes and Goes,’ which is bolstered by the lead single, ‘Turn It On,’ on Oct. 26. Getting from A to B wasn’t exactly a cakewalk for Default, who had to deal with legal rigmarole and the inevitable evolution of life. But they took it all in stride.

Frontman Dallas Smith filled in the gaps about what Default have been up to since their 2005 album, ‘One Thing Remains,’ and how life has changed for the band. “We have all started families and started new chapters in our personal lives,” Smith told Noisecreep. “Everyone of us has at least one child. Nothing as a band has changed too much over the last few years except our thoughts on touring. It was OK to go on the road for months at a time when we were all childless. We have decided to keep those long trips in our past and stick to a few weeks at a time.”

That said, the band plans to tour as much as possible over the next year, especially heading South for the winter. “We really miss playing for our fans in the US. Missing Texas especially. Always had a great time there,” Smith mused.

On ‘Comes and Goes,’ the band worked with ’80s balladeer Richard Marx — yes, that Richard Marx, who co-wrote ‘All Over Me,’ which did well in their native Canada. There was, however, a major hiccup that occurred in Default’s universe, which was the demise of their label, TVT, which filed for bankruptcy in 2008. The label closing its doors sent ripples through Default.

“When TVT went under, we had this record done and mixed ready to go,” Smith said. “It was a huge shock when it happened. We had no idea how long the legal stuff would take and no one had any answers for us. We had thought about maybe taking a few months off all the way to the band having to break up. It ended up taking a few years to cut through all that red tape. It was the first real experience of the ‘business’ part of the music business. We had heard nightmare stories about other bands getting caught up in legal garbage and having their records never see the light of day. We consider ourselves lucky to get out of that situation free and clear.”

In addition to rocking for a living, Smith also admitted he loves to hop online and play ‘Call of Duty,’ because “it’s a great way to take out frustrations at the end of the day. My girlfriend makes fun of me when she sees me with that headset on. Next time she laughs, I’m gonna put on my full camo gear I got when we played for the troops in Afghanistan!”

And while there are a lot of prevailing stereotypes about our neighbors to the north in Canada, Smith wasn’t ready to dispel all of them, saying, “There’s a bunch of misconceptions about Canadians but there’s also a lot of truths. I love beer. I love and play hockey. But not every Canadian loves those things.

“There’s tons of NFL and MLB fans up here. Most guys golf. Being on the West Coast, we’re only two hours north of Seattle. It just rains a lot most of the winter. I always got a kick out of someone in Nebraska saying how ‘it must be nice to get a break from the real cold’ in the dead of winter there. Also you can catch me saying ‘eh’ once in a while, but has anyone seen the movie ‘Fargo’? You think I sound Canadian?”

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