“It’s a Good Day to Die Tired!”
Originally derived from the old Marines adage: “You can run, but you’ll just die tired,” one might assume that their music has ominous undertones and potentially dark themes. Well, to Die Tired it is a punk rock way of saying, “Carpe diem!”
Being from various parts of the hills and streets of Pennsylvania, the members of Die Tired all bring their own specific flare and personality to the music. Each member has a slightly different taste in music, but in one way or another, these influences blend perfectly to breathe new life into some amazingly addictive alternative and pop rock sounds.
Die Tired is a multifaceted band, pulling inspiration from classic rock, heavy metal, pop punk, and just about anything else that they can play on a guitar! On stage, their upbeat and passionate performances always leave you wanting more. It’s impossible to not tap your foot, nod your head, or belt out the lyrics to their incredibly eclectic take on rock ‘n roll. It’s a good day to Die Tired!
Die Tired is:
Matthew DeAngelis – Vocals & Guitar
Sean Boyle – Guitar
Jamieson (Jim) Lee – Bass
Brandon Ballantyne – Drums.
How did you all meet?
“Jim (bass) and Matt (guitar/vocals) had been playing in previous projects and bands for a few years prior to Die Tired. They then recruited mutual friend Sean for additional guitar duties. Once this trio started writing and hitting their stride, they knew it was time to bring in a drummer. Enter Brandon…when scrolling through local musician groups on social media, Matt saw a clip of Brandon doing a drum cover a deep cut from the band The Used. Matt reached out to see if Brandon would be interested in an original project and the rest is history”.
Who were your musical influences growing up?
“There are so many. Some of our favorites include Alice in Chains, Silverchair, Pink Floyd, Manchester Orchestra, and Megadeth”.
What made you want to be in a band?
“For me (Matt), I was fortunate to get into playing music at a very early age. I joined the school orchestra in the third grade where I played the violin. I played through around 8th grade and I credit a lot of my ear training and understanding of music to these early years. In 7th grade my uncle bought me an electric guitar and amp. I was hooked! Me and some friends from the neighbourhood started a band and we played the middle school talent show. I’ve been in some type of band ever since”.
What has been your best gig?
“We recently had a big show at the Nitro Bar in our home town of West Reading (PA). The place was absolutely packed and we really executed and performed well that night. This kind of came out of all the momentum and success we’ve been fortunate enough to have recently. The crowd was super energetic and just fired up for the show. We’ve also played some great festivals that have been really memorable for us. Early this year we also had the chance to play live on TV for the regional news station. Playing live on TV for a large viewing audience was amazing!”
Can you tell us a bit about your music?
“We put our own spin on dynamic and versatile modern rock. We range from heavy grunge to pop-punk influences and everything in between. Our current single is called “Play” and it’s an anthemic alternative rock track about chasing after the things you love. It’s now available on all streaming services, YouTube, and our official website (dietiredband.com)”.
Describe your music in 3 words.
“Dynamic Emotional Rock”
What makes your band stand out from others?
“We think our original take on modern rock really appeals to a large audience. We are able to pull from a variety of styles to create unique musical ideas and themes. Our live shows are always high energy and a fun, party-like atmosphere. Music is a universal escape and way to cope with the ups and downs of life. We really lean into this idea with our writing and live shows. Our fans seem to really respond”.
What are your plans for the rest of 2022?
“We are currently back in the studio to work on new material. We have a large amount of songs to track and are really excited to share this next phase of Die Tired with the world”.
If your band had to be remembered for one thing apart from your music what would you want it to be?
“That these four musicians tried to create something real and honest for others to connect with and enjoy”.
Any gig’s coming up?
“Sure do. Some regional shows for now, but don’t worry, we’ll be expanding our touring for 2023 to support our new music release!”
12/29/2023 – Sly Fox, Wyomissing (PA)
1/28/2023 – 3rd and Spruce (PA)
3/13/2023 – River: Canteen and Assembly (PA)
4/29/2023 – Evergreen Club (PA)
By Siân Parker