1. How did you get your band name?
Around the time we were thinking of ideas for our name, Eifion saw a TV commercial that within it had someone saying "the day you are born is the last day you are truly free." This made him think of Doomed From Day One; he suggested it to us and it kind of stuck.
2. How did this band get started?
The initial members of DFDO were brought together via a post on a university student message board. I was friends with our first drummer and then Chonk and Charlie found Eifion at a random house party.
3. What bands are you influenced by?
We are all influenced by a wide variety of different bands and genres of music; the bands that tie us together are bands such as The Black Dahlia Murder, Between The Buried And Me, Despised Icon and Parkway Drive.
4. If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and why?
Again this touches on the different influences thing. We all have our favorite bands. I think mine would be Parkway Drive because they had such an influence on me when I was getting into heavy music. For a few of the other members they'd probably enjoy to tour with bands like Between The Buried & Me. We genuinely don't have preferences as long as we are getting to play a lot of shows. It's always good too when the other bands are up for a laugh.
5. Best food to eat on tour?
Tesco meal deal, it's easy and good value for money.
6. Why should people listen to your band?
Because we are heavy as shit and give you moments to dance with your cat.
7. If you could be any athlete, which athlete would you switch places with?
Paula Radcliffe, if I could be getting away with crapping my pants in public then life would be a lot easier.
8. If you won a Grammy, who would you thank?
It would have to be all the parents and close friends of our band. We are very lucky that the people closest to us are very supportive. Plus our manager, James, who has helped us progress further as a band.
9. If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be?
I would want it so that when heavier bands actually make it into the charts, thus forcing more mainstream radio stations to play heavier/alternative music, that the DJ's aren't apologizing for the fact they are having to play this. Yes, we know full well this isn't for everyone but people won't give it the time of day at all if their ears are already going in with a negative opinion.
10. Memorable tour experience?
For me I don't think I'll every forget playing a place called Rhyl in North Wales. It was the last show at the venue and everyone there was in such a party mood, as a result the ceiling was torn down. I also want to mention the weekend in Belgium we had - it was rad to get to see a part of Europe and see how things are there.
11. What does AP.net mean to you?
AP to us is a site that gives the little guy a chance; looking into and giving bands like us the chance to speak.
12. What is your favorite song to play?
At the moment one of our new tracks called "At Graves End." It's one of the proggier tracks on the new EP and there's a hell of a lot happening in it; really gets the adrenaline going.
13. What is your vacation spot of choice?
Recently I went to Spain for a long weekend, but my favorites have been Brisbane, Australia and New York. They are awesome places to visit and would love to at some point have the chance to play shows there.
14. What music reminds you of your childhood?
Pop-punk and punk music. I listened to a lot of bands like Blink 182, Pennywise and Rancid when growing up and then over the years just looked into heavier stuff.
15. If you could have any super power, what would it be? Why?
To be able to fill the petrol up in my car, just by touching it. That would save us so much money on tour!
16. Any pre-show superstitions or rituals?
The guys all warm up and run through some stuff on their instruments. I do a set of vocal warm-up and some stretching. We all in our own way try to get ourselves pumped.
17. What is something that most fans don't know about you?
That I love Clubland dance music - true guilty pleasure.
18. What is your assessment of the current state of radio? Do you think it's a place where your band could flourish?
I think that radio is starting to get broader and I think one day it could be a case where at 3pm someone could be driving listen to metal from a more mainstream outlet. Like I mentioned earlier, the presenters need to accept that Metal exists more than to just those who go to Download.
19. What do you like to do in your spare time?
Chill out; go out in town, pretty normal stuff. A couple of us have started getting back into skateboarding recently.
20. What kind of hidden talents do you have?
That I can drink a lot of dark rum and then puke it back up again and never miss the toilet!