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Rhyan Lyndon- James, Ben Humphreys, Dave Rajendram, Michael Day, Grace Loughton at Midland old Railway workshops.

Nomination single a winner for Michael Day band

By Sally McGlew

WHILE the search for WA’s best songwriters draws one step closer, a local Mundaring band is hoping to take out the title.

The Michael Day band’s song Storm is one of an impressive pool of nominees at the West Australian Music awards (WAM) for the 2021 Song of the Year competition.

Brought up in the Shire of Mundaring Day, 27, began learning guitar at the age of 11.

Once his guitar lessons were underway, he says he became much more lyric-focussed.

As such he aims to combine classically trained guitar-playing with catchy melodies.

“I feel the melody is the important thing and everything should be bringing that out more,” Day said.

He said his influences at the time were Good Charlotte and John Butler and later Ed Sheeran.

“I’ve been writing for a three-track single that we are recording.”

He said it contains a folk and indie rock vibe.

Day and his band began playing at the start of 2020 and were beginning to hit their stride just before COVID-19 changed the music scene in Perth.

The band’s planned launch for the first single, Guildford, had to be cancelled but the song was released online.

Day says the song ponders how we can so easily miss the obvious things in life.

Storm the second single, released in September and launched in October 2020 is their nomination for Song of the Year.

“More and more people are becoming politically polarised and holding really strongly onto these ideologies, the song’s just saying, ‘look, we need some good communication here’.

Day and band member Grace Loughton grew up in Mundaring and both agree the hills have given them the space to enjoy nature.

“I go into the bush and just think and stare at the world and its beauty,” he said.

“I don’t know how that affects creativity, but it certainly allowed me to imagine and breathe which I think is an important step in creativity.”

Day and the Michael Day band will release another single, Winter Winds, this month followed by a small three-track single mid-year, with plans for a debut EP to come out before the end of 2021.

He and band members Grace Loughton, Ben Humphreys, Rhyan Lyndon-James and Dave Rajendram are currently rehearsing.

“I write a song then take it to those guys and they add their lines, melodies and rhythms,” Day said.

“They’re all really talented musicians.”

Win or lose Day said    the key for the group was releasing music he enjoyed making and hoping that meant fans enjoy listening to it too.

Winners will be announced on Wednesday June 30.

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