American Merit Interview

BANGS: Talk about how music has influenced you each individually in your daily living. Where do you each find yourselves listening to music most often?

Alex Smith- at work

Russell McClendon- at work

Daniel Lightfoot- driving

Evan Shepperd- driving

BANGS: What are your favorite brands to use when it comes to the instruments, mics, amps,

pedals and so on? Why do you favor them?

Daniel Lightfoot- I use Martin,Chapman, Gibson, and D’Angelico guitars and a

Mesa Boogie 1996 Lone Star 4 x 10 amp. For pedals, the whole band uses PHD

pedals out of Waco. Our buddy Corey makes them and the quality can’t be beat.

Plus, if we need any tweaks we have a direct line to our pedal guy.

Alex Smith-Gibson, Martin, and Guild guitars with Vox AC-15 amp and of course

PHD pedals. I have always loved the sound of a Vox amp and a good electric.

Russell McClendon- My go to bass is an Ernie Ball Music Man Sting Ray and

Aguilar Tone Hammer 500 with an Aguilar 4 x 10 cab. Can’t beat the sound of the


Evan Shepperd- I use Meinl cymbals because of all the color i can get from them,

Ludwig drums mainly because John Bonham.

BANGS: Talk about your current project. Its conception. How it evolved. The storyline

behind its development or any anecdotes that may have occurred during the

writing/recording process?

Band: It all started with Alex and Daniel playing acoustic shows for a couple years

together. The goal was always to form a full band but we weren’t having much

luck finding a drummer. One day in late 2019 we just happened to meet Evan and

finally were able to call Russell off of standby and we’ve been rehearsing and

writing ever since. Writing in this band has been a much easier experience for all

of us than what we’re used to. We have a very organic chemistry as people and


BANGS: Were there any conflicts during the recording process? If so, how did you as a

band overcome them, if not what do you think is Another Days Armor formula to

gel so well?

Band: I think the secret to keeping the good energy is just having faith in each other’s


BANGS: Is there a particular part you enjoy more than another in the process of a project?

Alex Smith- I enjoy watching the other guys record their parts and making eye contact and

hopefully making them mess up

Russell McClendon- my favorite part is writing and rehearsing new material

Evan Shepperd- Live shows are my favorite

Daniel Lightfoot- I love recording, but live shows are my favorite.

BANGS: How do you know when a song is done and ready to be taken to the recording

studio and produced?

Band: Usually, before the studio, you’ll think a song is 100% done, but you end up changing it in the recording process anyway.

BANGS: Looking towards the short and long term of where you might be currently- where

do you see yourself (yourselves) as an artist/band in 2019 and beyond?

Band: Right now we’re just focusing on making the music we want to make and putting it

out in the best ways we possibly can. Obviously, we hope that it catches on and we

can grow the band and increase our fanbase, but right now we are just focusing on

making a product we believe in.