Published Feb 01, 2000Austin (guitar/vocals/samples) is an eccentric visionary, a man both obsessed with creating the ultimate soundtrack to the last decade of this dead century, and driven by a need to find hope in its passing. With the millennium the flavour of the moment, many are attempting to immortalise the moment - as the end or a new beginning - through music. The difference between everyone else and Today is the Day (rounded out by the new rhythm section of drummer Brann Dailor and bassist Bill Kelliher), isn't just the frenetic pace of their music, equal parts noise, metal, art and death. Neither is it the anger so harsh it's at times it's frightening, nor the overwhelming sense of menace that permeates their new releaseIn the Eyes of God . No, it is the honesty and the desire to be something more that elevates and isolates Today is the Day.
"The difference between Today is the Day and other bands is that they are content being a band. I don't want to be a band. I want to be an experience, where it's something that you take in and it touches you. I try to play my rock with conviction of firm beliefs. Some people are into scenes and all that shit. We are just into destruction."
Today is the Day has never had any problems creating musical destruction, they've just never so easily mined the extremes before. Steve credits the uncertainty of the millennium, the hassles of everyday existence and religion as the impetus for his latest metal masterpiece.
"I think that after doing Temple of the Morning Star (1997) I was going through a bunch of real heavy life struggles with partners in the band, uprooting from where I lived in Nashville and moving to Boston, and just trying to come to terms with the rest of this world. I was really influenced by the documentary Waco: The Rules of Engagement and alsoThe Last Temptation of Christ . For me, In the Eyes of God encapsulates everything from revenge to pure hatred, to pure love, to trying to lay down a serious epitaph. So if this world does indeed end in the year 2000, then somebody would have transcribed what was going on and performed it through music and I think we've accomplished that."