Melbourne punk rock outfit One Day Kings are veterans of the scene and truly embody the friendship ingredient required to keep a band working. With the virus ruining the bands plans for promoting their newest single Move On, the boys instead of dwelling are looking to the future. We caught up with the band to discuss lockdown, their beginnings as a band and what the future holds.
What’s been happening in the world of One Day Kings?
We’ve been quite busy recently after the whole lockdown of 2020. Been gigging a fair bit, but we’re working on getting a full working album out of all our music to date. Working on new songs, new covers and also a big one we’re trying to create a new sound for ourselves as well: a lot more heavy but still pop punk. But otherwise just further getting out into the scene and meeting other kick ass bands around Melbourne.
Tell us the meaning of the band name and how you came up with it?
Funny how it came about. We started off years ago under the name The Fuse then went through a bunch of random names and finally settled on One Day Kings. Think it came from the Green Day song “King For A Day” and we just twisted that into our own.
Who would you say your biggest influences are as a band?
We’d say a whole combo of Green Day, Sugarcult, The Living End, Simple Plan, Sum 41, MCR, Van Halen, Foo Fighters, and The Clash. Mix them all together you’d get our band.
We’re stoked to have you on board for BYP IX! Who else on the bill are you keen to see?
All of them they all look amazing! We haven’t played with them before but we’re just keen to put on a great show with these guys and have a mad night. Some Heard Trouble have a few good bops we have listened to on Spotify, a cheeky mix of quiet and loud.
Your last release was 2019’s single Move on. This was release just months before the country plunged into lengthy lockdowns. How difficult was it to put out a new track and spend so long on the live music sidelines?
Pretty difficult if we’re honest. It was so hard with the visitation limit because we all practice at someone’s house and when we’re not practicing we’re recording or mixing new material or even just hanging out. So yeah it was a real bummer to not do much during the lockdowns. We’re just really happy to be back at it again and getting back to work and doing what we love.
Is there any new music in the works and if so when will we be hearing it?
We’ve got a brand new song about to be shown to the world hopefully real soon! Not sure when it’s still in its final writing stages but definitely you’ll be hearing something new soon. Plus an entire album in the works too, along with a live album to suit.
You guys have been a band for going on 7 years now! What’s the secret to keeping things going?
Just the mateship we have and our bond as a band and as friends. We love hanging out but more importantly the thing that really keeps us together is our music. Whenever we play together it’s like fireworks going off. And whenever there’s one person missing from a good jam sesh, you can tell it’s not the same.
What has been your favourite show to date?
Our EP launch at Revs 2018. Best show ever we had a sold out crowd and it just went off that night.
Who are five Aussie locals we should be keeping an eye on?
Outloved, Thornhill, Once Were Lost, Citrus Grove, Pridelands, Bradley Marshall. Heaps we could name but these guys are definitely ones we recommend. Great bands there.
What’s the plan for the rest of 2021 and beyond?
Finish this album and put on a release for it so far. We’ll be working on new material and new covers but we just wanna keep gigging as much as possible and meeting new bands.
Any parting words for us before we let you go?
We just love the support we get each show and the support for local music and local bands. All we ask is just chuck us a follow, check out our music and come round for an amazing show 10/7 at Last Chance with BYP IX. Gonna go off and we can’t wait to see you all there having a blast with us.
Check out One Day Kings along with The City, Some Heard Trouble, Furious George and Evergreener at BYP IX on July 10th! Tickets and event link below.