Days of the New is the self-titled debut album by American rock band Days of the New, released on August 31, 1997. The album features a unique blend of acoustic folk, grunge and alternative rock, and was well received by both fans and critics.
The album was recorded in Louisville, Kentucky, and produced by Scott Litt, known for his work with R.E.M., Nirvana, and The Replacements. The band's lead singer and songwriter, Travis Meeks, wrote all of the songs on the album and played acoustic and electric guitar, bass, and drums on various tracks.
The album's lead single, "Touch, Peel and Stand", was a major hit on rock radio and reached No. 1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The song's catchy riff and driving rhythm, combined with Meeks' distinctive vocals, helped to establish Days of the New as a rising force in the rock world.
Other standout tracks on the album include "Shelf in the Room", "The Downtown", and "Face of the Earth", which showcase Meeks' impressive songwriting skills and the band's versatility.
Days of the New received widespread critical acclaim upon its release, with many critics praising Meeks' songwriting and the band's ability to blend different musical genres into a cohesive whole. The album has since been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, and remains a beloved classic of 90s rock.
In addition to Meeks, the original lineup of Days of the New included Jesse Vest on bass and Matt Taul on drums. The band went on to release two more albums before disbanding in 2002, but Meeks has continued to record and perform under the Days of the New name with various lineups. Despite the changes in personnel, the self-titled debut album remains a defining moment in the band's history and a testament to their enduring musical legacy.