Dayshell’s new album is a collection of relatable, but poetic lyrics, and encroaching, yet tender, vocals. Shockwave had the chance to ask vocalist Shayley Bourget about his story behind the songs and why he chose to expose it all.
Shockwave Magazine: The lyrics in Nexus seem immensely personal. How did being that open affect you?
Shayley Bourget: Well, for the most part, in my writing its never not very personal. I stay true to myself and my heart no matter what band I may be in. There will only be a song here and there in which I have fun with lyrics and just write a fantasy.
In Dayshell’s evolution of sound, what aspects were the most difficult to overcome?
Mainly finding that middle ground between Djent metal and rock was the most challenging. We also thought it was going to be difficult to find a drummer that could handle it, but we were wrong. Zack [Baker] is a natural and great drummer.
What would you say is the theme of this album as a whole?
NEXUS- A central place we all call home. It’s music that makes sense to us. The theme is life and the real things we go through. Not babes and big houses, nice cars, blah blah. That’s not real life.
How did that theme come to be?
Will you elaborate about the contribution of Dayshell to your sobriety?
It was definitely a hard start, but Dayshell allowed me to be myself. I was with people I grew up with and trusted. Dayshell gave me wings to fly and really show off my ability to create wonderful music. Not to mention, sing my ass off more.
It’s a bold step to send a message to an estranged loved one through song, what impression has that made on you?
Hard to tell, really. The past is the past now. I’m free from all that hurt. Creating that song helped me let go 100% and live free. Although, I would never take anything back for the world; it taught me so much and now I’m a better person or at least more aware.
How does making music help you heal?
It does more then just heal. It brings life into this world. It makes the world go around and can take the sickest person and put a smile on their face. To answer your question, saving others through my songs is what truly heals me at the darkest times.
How did the personal experiences of each band member affect the lyrical content?
Not so much on the album; it was more focused around my feelings. But, hands down, I know they can connect.
The music of Nexus is more elaborate than previously done before, how did each member contribute to its complexity?
Having a new, fresh, hungry, drummer was a big part. But, me and Jordan had a lot of anger inside of use and really pushed our limits to make that fire sound we were looking for. So, you may say we are attached at the hip when it comes to music.
Nexus is a sanctuary of healing against the existence of opposition. Shayley has found his place, and given us a reprieve in the process.