November 21 [12:35 EDT] -- 18-year-old Days of the New frontman Travis Meeks has a voice resonant beyond his years that is well suited for brooding tracks like "Touch, Peel And Stand" [2.3MB QuickTime]. The former heavy metal band's sound is one part Metallica, one part Soundgarden rendered on acoustic guitars that are played so aggressively, you might swear they were electric.
Based out of Louisville, Kentucky since 1995, Days of the New are also guitarist Todd Whitener, bassist Jesse Vest, and drummer Matt Taul (all but Whitener are originally from Charlestown, Indiana). Once the trio moved to Louisville, they switched over to the acoustic format and hooked up with Whitener.
Days of the New then won a Battle of the Bands competition, which brought them to the attention of producer R.E.M. producer Scott Litt who signed Days of the New as the first band on his new label, Outpost Recordings. Litt produced their debut eponymous LP, which was recorded at Nashville's Woodland Studios.