Daily Grind keeps grinding with 'I Did Those Things'

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Daily Grind hi-res photo credit Pat HoganPat Hogan photoWhile the Pittsburgh-based Wild Kindness/Misra label concentrates mostly on indie rock and Americana (with the likes of Harlan Twins, Grand Piano and Chet Vincent & The Big Bend), it saves a space for The Daily Grind, a crunchier band that harks back to the post-grunge era.

Inspired by the likes of Incubus, Arctic Monkeys and Muse, the friends from Pine-Richland High School formed the band in 2012, released the debut album “The Green Plan” in 2014 and took off on a 60-date national tour with the motto of “Stay Grinding.”

The Daily Grind, which features singer-guitarist Brad Hammer, guitarist Myles Mahoney, bassist Matt Majot and drummer Reid Campbell, returns now with a second blast of hard-driving alt-rock, “I Did Those Things.”

“We’ve grown up a lot,” Hammer says of this album. “We made a conscious decision to write more direct, relatable songs. We try not to take ourselves or the music too seriously, and I think spending so much time over the last couple years allowed us to enjoy the recording process more than when we first started the band. There was a lot more love in the room this time around.”

“I Did Those Things” was recorded at The Wilderness Recording Studio with producer J. Vega and then mastered by Kramer, the New York City producer known for his work with everyone from Galaxie 500 to Gwar.

“J went way out of his way to be around throughout the writing process and help guide us in the right direction,” the singer says. “He’s a fantastic listener and an even better idea man. Kramer made the whole thing congruent; it didn’t flow as well as it does now when it left the studio.”

The Daily Grind plays a release show on Friday at the James Street Speakeasy and then hits the road through late July on another cross-country, 50-plus date tour.

“We treat the bar and restaurant gigs during the week like a day job and play club shows on the weekends for exposure,” Hammer says. “It’s worked well for us in the past and we plan on another successful trip this time around. We’ve developed a nice rapport with local bands in other cities that we’re always excited to play with.”

He calls the new album “a stepping stone. It’s better than the first record, sonically and contextually, but I don’t see it being our crown jewel. The best is yet to come.”

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