ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Daylights & Aguilera
By Colin J. Fleming
Gazette file photo
DAYLIGHTS IN THE DAYLIGHT. P.J. Sparks & co. spend some
time in the great outdoors.
"I want to be an astronaut or a fireman or a baseball player," says P.J. Sparks, drummer for The Living Daylights. The rock trio consists of Sparks, Corey Windover on guitar and vocals and Dan Ainsworth on bass.
For the Daylights, it seems massive success isn't their first priority. In fact, they consider music a "satisfying hobby" that is secondary to their "educational commitments." It's too bad, considering they have a pretty sweet sound.
"We have Barenaked Ladies melodies along with funky Red Hot Chili Peppers/Jamiroquai bass lines and a Wide Mouth Mason style of rock 'n' roll," Windover muses. "I know it sounds strange but I guess it would be better for someone to listen to our tunes and judge for themselves."
Fortunately, you don't even have to leave your computer for that one: just head over to www.thelivingdaylights.com and check out their downloads section. There are a couple of live tracks from Call the Office and a funky upbeat little ditty called "Living in a Parody," off The Royal Sampler.
On the indie industry and the Internet, Sparks explains, "We don't use [the Web site] for exposure that much. In the grand scheme of things, we're a pretty small fish in a huge pond when it comes to the Internet. We use it more for the purpose of keeping old friends and fans informed about what's going on with us. In the end, word of mouth is probably our greatest exposure tool."
Well, that and every university rock band's saving grace: campus radio.
"Campus radio stations allow the rotation of indie music, which gives local talent opportunities they would not have had otherwise," Windover says. "It is great for someone who loves hearing new music, without a great deal of repetition. However, if a listener is only interested in hearing the Top 40 (which isn't a bad thing), then they definitely shouldn't tune in to a campus radio station."
Top 40 also isn't bad, because even The Living Daylights have their weak spots.
"As far as legitimate natural talent goes, I think Christina Aguilera is one of the best," Windover confesses. "She has an amazing voice."
Ainsworth considers his vocal duets with Kylie Minogue over the radio one of his "nasty little habits," and Sparks just can't help liking Michael Jackson.
"I don't care how nuts he is," Sparks says. "That man can sing right up there with the best of them. And dance! Oh man, that moonwalk leaves me shaking my head every time he does it."
They indulge in pop music occasionally, but The Living Daylights also have love for the locals.
"The Parkas and Escape From Efrafa always scratch me right where I itch," Dan claims.
"Yeah," Sparks adds. "The Parkas are a fine act to check out. We've had the pleasure of playing a show with them before and they're the real deal. They can really get it done out there on stage."
The Living Daylights play The Spoke tonight.