Days of the New, Vol. 2

Days of the New, Vol. 2

by Days of the New


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Let's just say that 20-year-old, Midwest-bred Travis Meeks, a.k.a. Days of the New, likes grand gestures. Not only are both of his two albums titled DAYS OF THE NEW, but their covers -- one of which is green, the other yellow -- feature the same withering, ominous tree on a barren landscape. Put them in your Discman and you'll hear Meeks lift his grungy voice skyward with the trance-like intensity of a Sufi Eddie Vedder. Throw in allusions to modern classical music, world music, asides to hip-hop, and sampledelics, and you've got some of the most ambitious post-Seattle rock in years. Yet while cuts like the Steve Reich-influenced "Skeleton Key" and the Eastern European-tinged folk dirge "Longfellow" may seem like shots out of left field to the kids who embraced his conventional 1997 hit "Touch, Peel, Stand," they shouldn't let the newfangled stylistic accoutrements fool them. Days of the New is a rock band, plain and simple. The strident folk-rock of album openers "Fight Response" and "The Real" suggest a more contemplative Live, while the string-soaked "Weapon and the Wound" brings back memories of Temple of the Dog. Meeks's sensibility may have shifted a bit since his debut hit, but the songs, for the most part, remain the same.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/31/1999
Label: Fontana Geffen
UPC: 0607703003729
catalogNumber: 300372

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Days of the New   Primary Artist
Rick Baptist   Performing Ensemble
Jon Clarke   Performing Ensemble
Larry Corbett   Performing Ensemble
Joel Derouin   Performing Ensemble
Linda Harmon   Choir, Chorus
Luana Jackman   Choir, Chorus
Ronald Janelli   Performing Ensemble
John Thomas Johnson   Performing Ensemble
Jon Joyce   Choir, Chorus
David Stone   Performing Ensemble
Oren Waters   Choir, Chorus
John Wittenberg   Performing Ensemble
Daniel Smith   Performing Ensemble
Renita Koven   Performing Ensemble
Suzie Katayama   Conductor,Choir, Chorus
Bob Joyce   Choir, Chorus
Victor Janacua   Choir, Chorus
Peter Rhee   Violin
Clark Hagan   Vocals
Travis Meeks   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Drums,Vocals
Matt Taul   Drums
Eve Butler   Performing Ensemble
Virginia Frazier   Performing Ensemble
Ray Rizzo   Percussion
Nicole Scherzinger   Background Vocals
Phillip Yao   Performing Ensemble
Gerardo Hilera   Performing Ensemble
Rich Logan   Choir, Chorus
Steven Holtman   Performing Ensemble
Mario de León   Performing Ensemble
Matthew Funes   Performing Ensemble
Charles Boito   Performing Ensemble
Max Maxwell   Drums

Technical Credits

Clark Germain   Engineer
Bill McCord   Engineer
Suzie Katayama   Orchestral Arrangements
Mike Baker   Engineer
Pete Peterson   Arranger
Sanderson   Engineer
Chip Dumstorf   Artwork,Graphic Design
Victor Janacua   Engineer
Clark Hagan   Engineer
Travis Meeks   Producer,Graphic Design
Mike Baker   Engineer
Todd Smith   Producer,Engineer
E. Smith   Composer

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Days of the New II 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great song writing, excellent harmonies, and just an all around great discs from the first to the last.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Travis,this time alone,once again proved his ability. He is a great acoustic guitar player and has such a great sounding voice that they blend together. This is a must get CD. His ideas and his life are written in the music he once again proves that even at such a young age he is a genious.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This release is one of my all time favorites. I love the harmonies that Travis Meeks has recorded. He is a musical genuis. This CD should have been on the critics' best of '99 list.