Former Members of Chevelle, Papa Roach, Team With P.O.D. Guitarist in Daylight Division
The history of rock supergroups will soon have a new chapter — or at least a significant footnote. Rockstar Supernova singer Lukas Rossi, P.O.D. guitarist Marcos Curiel, ex-Chevelle bassist Joe Loeffler and ex-Papa Roach drummer Dave Buckner have united in a new band called Daylight Division. So far, they’ve recorded two songs together and are currently in the studio working on their full-length debut.
“The best thing about this lineup is we’re four guys with good attitudes and extreme talent,” Curiel tells Noisecreep. “We’re keeping it positive with good vibes, and we’re excited to be diving right in and going for it.”
While Curiel met Buckner at past P.O.D. and Papa Roach radio shows, it took a mutual friend to unite the two and convince them to play together. “We never ever thought we’d end up in the same band,” admits Curiel. “But once we got connected it made perfect sense.”
After some productive jamming earlier this year, Curiel invited his old friend Loeffler to join, and they cemented their lineup in June with the addition of Rossi. Soon after, Daylight Division entered the studio with producer Jay Baumgardner (Seether, Evanescence) and recorded two songs, the soaring ‘Live Again’ — which sounds like a hybrid of U2 and Live — and ‘Where I Want to Be,’ a slower, more emotionally-tangled number that bears more in common with Creed or Nickelback. Daylight Division are currently in talks with labels for the release of their full-length debut, which is tentatively scheduled for 2010.
“Musically, we’re just keeping an open mind and writing the best songs we can,” Curiel says. “We just want to dive in and go for it and create something new.”
Some have applauded Daylight Division’s efforts to do just that, but the band members are well aware there are also plenty of naysayers out there dismayed by the polished, mainstream sound of the music.
“We knowing that at times we are subject to what I like to call ‘haterism’ from people who drink haterade,” says Curiel. “But we just feel blessed to be alive and happy to play music for the masses.”