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Default frontman Dallas Smith Interview Archived!

25 October 2010 17 Comments

By: Andrew

All Knowing Force would like to thank Dallas Smith for taking the opportunity to speak with us last night. Comes And Goes, their fourth album, was released in the United States yesterday, nearly one year after being released in Canada. I listened to their previous three albums as they were released, and again as I prepared for this interview. And, my conclusion is, Comes And Goes is their most solid, most organic, and most honest collection of songs to date.

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Let’s put their association with Nickelback aside. Let’s put all the pre-conceived notions of them being a formulaic, mainstream, corporate rock band aside. They bring it live. Even if you can’t tolerate their recorded sound, check them out live. All of a sudden, everything you thought will turn to vapor, and you’ll thank me for telling you to put your guard down. The band will be heading out for a run supporting Hinder. Check the links below for details.

This was a laid back, fun interview to conduct. Dallas Smith is an extremely humble, cool guy. One thing that will stick with me from our conversation is that he credits Daniel Johns of Silverchair as being one of his main vocal influences. Interesting stuff.

*This is the raw and uncut audio from the show. We had some audio trouble in the beginning due a poor connection with Dallas’ phone, but here it is, in its entirety. Download or stream it here.

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“Turn It On” is my favorite track from the new one. Check it out below.

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  • godblessya said:

    Isn’t it ironic that a generic rock band’s name is Default?

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  • Loch Ness said:

    Dallas Martin is the most down to Earth dude.

    I would think he listened to harder stuff than Buble.

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  • 1942 said:

    I bought this on Amazon for $2.99. You can’t go wrong for that price. The first track smokes. Off to a good start.

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  • Laura In NJ said:

    Why does Andrew always talk about men?

    This guys is super hot though.

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  • KARNOV said:

    I bought it. Let’s see if I’m going to want a refund.

    Dallas sounds like a really cool guy.

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  • KARNOV said:

    Love the CD so far!

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  • Carla said:

    Digital Summer ain’t too shabby.

    Guys, I must say, that 10 Years explosion was a little to synchronized and homoerotic for my taste.

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  • Carla said:

    I posted that in the wrong spot.

    I grabbed Comes And Goes for $2.99. Can’t beat the price. Like Karnov, not sure if I’ll want a refund tomorrow.

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  • ALL KNOWING FORCE: Andrew Bilach said:

    @godblessya: I thought the same thing myself eight years ago when “Wasting My Time” was all over the radio.

    @Loch Ness: It was an effortless spot. It’s the first time we’ve heard anyone credit Daniel Johns as an inspiration. Silverchair is solid.

    @1942: Enjoy it!

    @Laura In NJ: I wish it were different, but looking good, or looking a certain way, is important. As much as we’d like to deny it, it’s true.

    @KARNOV: Dallas was extremely cool. Enjoy the music.

    @KARNOV: I didn’t know it was in your power to like anything. I haven’t hard from you in a while. Glad to see you’re back.

    @Carla: It was a genuine reaction. Of all the bands we mention on All Knowing Force in the last two years, how crazy is it that 10 Years got the biggest rise?

    @mAAT: Your opinion is always appreciated, but if you want to be taken seriously, do away with the caps and type like an adult.

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  • ALL KNOWING FORCE: Andrew Bilach said:


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  • krio said:

    It’s a miracle these guys are still around. Dig the track above and may dig deeper.

    I saw them live with Three Days Grace and they sucked.

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    I can be cynical as shit but for $3 you can’t go wrong. I picked this bad boy up and it’s good – nothing great – just good. It ain’t as bad as I thought. That’s come from a Fear Factory fan so that’s as much a thumbs up as yer gonna get!

    Why are my comments not approved automatically any longer?

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  • budbundy said:

    These guys shot out of the gate too freakin fast. I remember hearing they moved a million but didn’t know they even released a 2nd one.

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  • Hang said:

    Default will always be lumped in the “one hit wonder” category but you can’t take away the fact they have a platinum album.

    Drowning Pool does too boys.

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  • ArchedIsisByleveling said:

    I had no clue this band was still making music. They’re not my thing but like the singer’s voice. He seems like a humble dude from the show. I can’t stomach Hinder and will have to pass on this tour.

    Daniels Johns is SEVERELY!! underrated.

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  • StrmChsr said:

    Dallas said Daniel influenced him vocally yet I don’t hear a comparison between the two. I went FAR BEYOND Frogstomp and Freak Show. Silverchair are one of my favorite bands. It’s cool he cited them anyways.

    The only song by these dudes I heard over the years was Taking My Life Away and I think it was penned by Bryan Adams or someone affiliated with him. That’s why these guys sound so rehearsed and bland.

    The track above is a killer rock track. I might consider checking them out this tour. Prices are decently low.

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