How does a new band make you stand up and take notice? Play your instruments in memorable fashion? Check. Bring something exciting to your style of music? Check. Have an audience that follows you any night of the week? Check. Fill a 90 minute set with minimal covers when another band cancels the night of the show? Check. If you were capable of doing all of this within a year then you would be Mr. Good Day. This Lakewood 4 piece is on the verge of local infamy. Chris Hayes (Drums), Darren ‘Red’ Clay (Lead Guitar), Elic Evans (Bass/Vocals) and Joshua Fox (Rhythm Guitar/Vocals) have been a part of the local scene in other bands but have finally found their stride with Mr. Good Day. Chris plays the drums with Metal ferocity while the Johnny Lang style blues rock guitar work of Red mixes harmoniously. Elic’s bass style is reminiscent of an early Eric Wilson while his voice reminds you of RAS1, Josh is more soulful vocally, at times capturing Matt Roberts of One Draw and a young Josh Fischel. Josh’s guitar style fits Mr. Good Day as it doesn’t draw your attention away from his voice.
Mr. Good Day has moments of excellence during their sets. In true Long Beach tradition the band from Lakewood is doing what bands like LBDAS and Shortbus were doing but doing it with more punk musically. “Blue Underwear” might as well have RAS1 guest vocal as Elic sounds identical in parts. The soulful “Push” has multiple cool breakdowns and “A.D.D.” gives a glimpse into the new direction of the band. “Helpless” and “Midnight Oil” are slowly becoming favorites amongst the crowd of loyal fans that have followed this band since 2011. “The Way” is a personal triumph and favorite of the bands. As far as covers go the band does a few very well “Badfish” and “Slow Ride” from Sublime stand out. Playing these songs in Long Beach seems like par for the course as most bands that come in try and cover Sublime. What makes the renditions of Mr. Good Day stand out is the way they interpret the songs without changing their style to fit what Sublime did, that and Elic’s ability to channel RAS1 the singer of LBDAS who probably is best known for playing homage to the late Bradley Nowell in the early days of LBDAS.
If everything keeps going the way the past year has for Mr. Good Day you can expect to see these 4 lads from Lakewood make a large mark on the scene in Long Beach and beyond. Maybe one day one of their young audiences will be inspired to take the stage and cover them or perhaps they will make a mark so big that people from Lakewood will once again say they are from Lakewood and not Long Beach. Mr. Good Day seem like the type of band that could do just that, make those red hats with the white “L” become the popular style in the area.