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Days N Daze

Houston, Texas, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2008 | SELF

Houston, Texas, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2008
Band Folk Punk




"Houston's 10 Most Underrated Groups"

Unfortunately, this very publication may be somewhat culpable in Days N Daze's presence on an “underrated” list, thanks to the pesky conflict-of-interest concerns precluding our own Jesse Sendejas Jr. from writing about his son's band. That hasn't stopped the quartet, founded in 2008 by Jesse's son Jesse and Whitney Flynn, from accruing upwards of 34,000 likes on Facebook. (As a reference point, The Suffers, as seen on VisitHouston's local-TV campaign and headed for Freedom Over Texas next week, clock in at just over 18K.) Though they have rightly dubbed their music “thrashgrass” – it's largely acoustic, and also, well, really, really fast – DND are more complicated than that, like the way they weave trumpet into the songs on 2013's The Oogle Deathmachine, one of their many releases available on Bandcamp. Likewise, their lyrics tackle prickly themes like terrorism and environmental devastation alongside more recreational pursuits; apparently they've spent at least one night in jail. But ultimately, DND may not be as talked-about as some of their H-Town peers for one simple reason: They're just not around all that often. These are some true road warriors who are due in Europe next month, and this past weekend played Quebec's Amnesia Rockfest alongside the likes of blink-182, Rise Against and Ice Cube – before piling into the van for their gig last night in Alberta, some 2,200 miles away. As an old friend used to say, that's a lot of ground to cover by morning. CHRIS GRAY - Houston Press

"We Dare You To Find A Band More Punk Than Days N Daze"


Dayz n Daze is one-of-a-kind in a city known for inventing whole new styles of music.

Houston duo Jesse Sendejas (guitar) and Whitney Flynn (trumpet) have been touring steadily since 2008, but their approach to playing is akin to something closer to minstrels from the Robin Hood stories—picture The Clash if they had been dropped into King Arthur’s court and you get the basic idea.

“When we first started out we didn’t even book shows,” says Flynn. “We just knocked on doors and asked if we could play. If no one said yes then we’d just play on the sidewalk.”

At one time the band had the chance to open for punk legends Rancid. But the deal went sour, and they were told that the slot wasn’t open after they’d shown up at the venue. True to form they simply set up in the street where they quickly drew a crowd so large the bouncers came out to complain that more people were watching them than the headliners.

It’s odd but not unexpected that Days n Daze are both nationally known and at the same time deeply underground. Their sound fits into no specific category, combining the frantic energy of skate punk with big strumming guitars of an indie darling and just the barest touch of mariachi. There’s no place in America you’re going to drop into that is going to have a scene full of that.

However, Flynn and Sendejas maintain a network of other groups that are hard to define, and it’s these connections that have found them audiences in every state in the continental United States.

“The underground community that we’re a part of is so tight-knit and spread out we’re comfortable with them finding us places to play,” says Flynn. We’re doing this as a love of it not for the fame or money.”

House parties are some of the places that Days n Daze shine the brightest, not the least because there are fewer rules (complete nudity at their shows is a fairly common occurrence). Flynn’s mouth is literally surrounded by scar tissue from audiences in packed house parties bumping into her trumpet, almost breaking her teeth. Meanwhile, Sendejas has had his bare feet stepped on and broken so many times that he actually has two broken toes tattooed on them.

“We were in Montreal once,” says Sendejas. “There were hundreds of people, with some of them sitting in the rafters. Halfway through the first song someone shattered a bottle onstage. Pretty soon it was covered with our blood and broken glass.”

It sounds like a party but the band has a highly disciplined work ethic. They release a new full-length album every year, in addition to many, many split EPs they do with their growing posse of other musical friends. They’ll be playing all across America again in 2015, and are poised to hit Europe for the first time as well. It’s the perfect opportunity for us to export some punk back to the land of its birth and shown them how we’ve done them one better. - Mountain Dew Green Label

"Days N Daze Rogue Taxidermy"

I may not be about that folk punk life, but I can certainly enjoy the music, can't I?

Days N' Daze is a Houston, TX band--because they're too punk for Austin--and they've been putting out records since the late 00s--so Rogue Taxidermy isn't their first rodeo, and it doesn't sound it either. The band's got some pretty obvious influences: Gogol Bordello, Johnny Hobo, early Against Me!, Choking Victim, Andrew Jackson Jihad, and maybe some Defiance, Ohio. However, the playing here is fantastically tight, and they know their way around a song, too. These guys have a rough outer shell, but their righteous lyrics, solid structures, and sticky melodies leave a sweet aftertaste. - The Needle Drop

"Days N Daze's Whitney Flynn,..."

When a band goes on tour, there’s the potential to see humanity at its greatest. Whether the venues are massive stadiums or tiny basements, there’s the chance to witness people basking in their shared, undying love of music. Unfortunately, there’s also the potential for some rat-bastard to screw everything up. When that happens, there’s nothing left to do but to pick up the pieces, take stock of what went missing, and try to learn some lessons for next time.

Today, on the highly awaited, second installment of Bandit Blotter, I had a chance to talk with Whitney Flynn, Trumpeter and Vocalist of the Houston folk-punk outfit Days N Daze. After a bit of back and fourth, she managed to take time out to talk about their terrible experiences in Cheyenne, as well as their new GoFundMe campaign that will not only let them recover, but break ground in a whole new continent. You can read the interview below, and if you want to help out, check out their GoFundMe here.

Dying Scene (Supermartinguy): Hey Whitney, thanks for chatting with me. How long have you been back in Houston?

Whitney Flynn: I’ve been here for about three or four weeks now, and I leave next week again. I’ve just been booking for My Pizza, My World, and Europe, right now. Days N Daze is also recording our new full length, so I’ve been doing that for 6 hours a day, and booking 4 hours a day. Just trying to get everything ready before hitting the road.

That’s intense! So how is the new album going?

We have about six tracks completely done, and a few that are still halfway recorded… we have a lot more to go. We haven’t released a full one since 2013, just because we haven’t really been in town to record. This time, we’re hoping to put out a pretty big CD; I can’t say how big just yet, but we’re just going to record all of the tracks we have written and see if we can make something worth while.

And what’s going on with the upcoming European tour?

We’re doing a lot of the UK, but we’re also doing Belgium, Holland, Germany, Austria, Croatia, France, and the rest is in the UK. Pumpkin Records is booking the whole thing and getting all our merch for us, and being fucking awesome. Zack from Blackbird Raum connected us with them, and I sent one FB message and Matt Martin, who’s going to be our tour manager was like “yeah, I’ve got you!” and within a week later he had a map and everything set out.

That’s fantastic! So, on the topic of tours, let’s talk about went down in Cheyenne last May?

It pretty much has fucked us over to this point. A lot of people offered to do GoFundMe’s and stuff, but we didn’t want to because we thought we could recover. But now we’re in so much debt because we pretty much had all our savings stolen from us.

Jesus! How did it happen?

It was really fucking weird, because we sleep in other people’s houses all the time, and we slept at the place where we played, which was a friend’s house. After it happened, I was kicking myself because I’d gone to sleep early to get up early and go to the bank to deposit all the money that we had in our locked box and get our van fixed. I sleep with my purse over me, and my purse was off of me, near my backpack, and my wallet had been stolen. Everyone was like “Whitney you’re just being dumb, you probably just lost it,” but then everyone looked, and was like “Oh, my headphones have been stolen; oh, my electric toothbrush is missing; oh, our medicine box is gone!” We went into our merchbox, and everything we had was gone. Just from me, they took $700 that had come from an Indiegogo I had done to get us our tour van; that was money that was supposed to go into fixing my van, and also to mail our perks. So, even to this day, a year later, I’m still slowly mailing these perks for people that donated to help us get that van. So it’s never-ending! I ended up leaving for 2 weeks of that tour because I was just broken. But I have a really big dog now, so no one can fuck with me while I’m sleeping.

Did Days N Daze keep playing without you?

Before that happened I’d never missed a show in seven years. For those two weeks they played the shows without me, but I was still running the tour and talking to promoters and making sure everything was going smoothly for the show; but I just couldn’t mentally do it, and I don’t ever want to play a show when I’m not there.

Was there any kind of follow up?

I reported my passport and my money stolen, because all of my identity was gone, but the cops didn’t do anything, there’s nothing that they can do. I’ve heard some hearsay about people coming back from Cheyenne, to San Antonio at my friend’s house, and that they had a ton of cash and were racing down to Mexico, but that’s a rumor.

That’s some serious heist shit!

Yeah, I mean it was a few thousand dollars – they took everything that we had – and they knew that if they stuck around… Cheyenne kids are crazy, I love ‘em to death, but they’ll get them!

So what kind of support did you guys get from the wider folk-punk community? I know Paperbag Music donated a lot of their profits to you guys, and Night Gaunts dedicated a lot of money from their album.

It was awesome! What we did get went towards finishing the tour, and we were okay with that. And our merch person, Kelly – who’s, like, the most incredible person I’ve ever met – she fronted all of the merch that we had from the Leftover Crack tour and the Night Gaunts tour, and part of our GoFundMe is going to help us pay back what we owe her. Hopefully with it we can get all of our stuff out to Europe and get out of debt… and shit.

Are you doing anything else to raise funds, other than the GoFundMe?

So I’m selling my van, which is really silly because I’m still sending people money from getting the van. We need $20,000 which is a shit-ton of money, but that’s just what we need, and I’ve been doing fundraising shows, and Kelly’s going to be doing some Fundraising for us, making some limited edition merchandise.

Given these harsh circumstances, what made you decide to go through with the tour?

We’ve wanted to get to Europe for years now, and it was supposed to be last year, but Night Gaunts hit us up, and then Leftover Crack hit us up, and then, after the robbery, we didn’t have the funds to even remotely try to get out there. This year I was looking at our calendar, and was just like ‘we’ve got to do it! How many years are going to keep going by because shit always happens?’ And if you let that get in the way, you’re not going to be able to do anything, you know?

If the GoFundMe doesn’t pan out, is there a contingency plan?

Basically what’s going to happen, is what usually happens… we’ll just make it work. As long as we can get our flights and our passports, we’ll just figure it out from there, I guess. We’ll just have no merch, and just have to wing it like we’ve done for all these other tours, because we leave with nothing in our pockets and go from show to show. Our main goal is just to tell our story, and say what we have to say to as many people as possible, and shirts are the last thing as far as music goes.

Coming out of this crisis, was there ever a moment where you thought to yourselves, this would be easier to handle if there was some kind of label to support you?

We doubt ourselves constantly. I’ve just sat there and looked my life, and what other people have told me, and wondered ‘am I an idiot?’ But then what’s the fun in it? Every single part of our band, we feel it. No one else is telling us what to do, no one else is writing on the CDs, it’s just us and our community. And I think it’s worth it. For this next CD, we have friends who run smaller labels, and we’re not going to sign to anything, but just do distribution, because we’re only able to do so much. So if we can send our stuff to other people who can distribute for us… I already do 4 or 5 different distributors around the world that I just send big packages to, and they sell it from there stores or websites, but I’m going to be looking into a lot more of them, so we can have, all around the world, a hundred different DIY places, where people can get our stuff. We won’t have to go through a label, we can all just be one big, giant label. I don’t know. I have a lot of ideas.

Going off that, you guys have been around since 2008, so online platforms of sharing music have always been available. Do you think you could have formed this vast community before the internet?

I don’t know. We owe a lot of what we are able to do to the internet. But, when me and Jesse were first starting out, we had our 4-song demo and we would go to the grocery store and literally pass out our mix tape to people, and go to BestBuy and hide our CDs. I mean, we’ve been touring forever, and I remember our first tour was 3 months, and we had just three shows actually booked for us; beyond that we would go to shows that were happening around town and just knock on doors and go ‘we’re acoustic, we’re a three-piece band, can we play before or after the show?’ And a lot of the people that we knocked on doors to are still our friends now, who still book for us now, which is insane. I MISS THOSE DAYS!

Moving forward, is there a way to prevent things like the Cheyenne incident?

You can’t. It’s just a roll of the dice. I’ve got my dog now, but you can’t stop people from doing what they want to do. Nowadays, I’m not so trusting, and I take full measures to make sure we’re okay. I was pretty ignorant last year thinking ‘this is my friend’s house, things will be ok!’

So, I guess my last question is, how do you feel about leaving to play on a different continent?

I’m excited! Our first show is Boomtown, and there’s, like, 50,000 people going and I’m like ‘Why did we make THIS our first show?!’ We’ve been touring the states for years and years, and I know every place, how far it is, and how many miles from every place, you know? Going over there, I’m just anxious. I hope no one hates us!

Whitney’s side-project My Pizza, My World is currently on tour throughout the Southwest, check out the dates here. Also, keep an eye out for further dates from bandmate JE-C’s project Chad Hates George, here.

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"Houston Press Music Award Winners"


BEST DJ NIGHT: A Fistful of Soul

BEST POP ACT: Wild Moccasins

BEST JAZZ ACT: Free Radicals

BEST BLUES ACT: The Mighty Orq



BEST LATIN ACT: Los Skarnales

BEST ROOTS ACT: Nick Gaitan & The Umbrella Man






BEST METAL ACT: Oceans of Slumber


BEST COVER/TRIBUTE ACT: The Fab 5 - Houston Press/Village Media

"Days N Daze and Leftover Crack Interview Each Other"

Days N Daze answers questions from Leftover Crack’s Sturgeon:
*answers by Whitney unless otherwise noted

When did Days N Daze start, how long have Jesse & Whit known each other & when did you first pick up instruments & sing together?

Jesse and I met through mutual friends and going to local shows back in 2007 when we were both still in high school. In 2008 Jesse dropped out to move with me to San Marcos, TX where I started college. We didn’t really fit in the town so we just started writing songs together and playing open mic nights. Eventually, we started booking shows with punk and ska bands because we really weren’t sure what genre we fit into but it worked. We had always loved traveling together so touring came naturally. In the beginning, we would just knock on doors and ask to open shows in every city we went to, handing out our CDs for free anywhere and to anyone we could. We had found our place in this world and we found it together.

Were the first songs covers? If so, which songs? What was the first “original” DnD song?

The first song we ever wrote was a goofy song about our hometown, we named it H-town, for Houston obviously. In the song we rewrote lyrics of Snoop Dogg and Biggie, which we thought was super sweet. At our shows we would cover Neutral Milk Hotel’s song “Communist Daughter” and Rosa’s (which was a local Houston band) song “Hitched Up Kids.”

Which was the first “good” original DnD song?

I guess I would have to say “The Freedom Song.” We still get asked to play it at shows and it was the first song we ever heard anyone cover, which was completely mind blowing and still is. But honestly, I think they were all awesome; even the shitty ones. We were just stoked to be creating something out of nothing.

How often did clubs let you open up shows when you’d just show up & ask?

Surprisingly enough, the majority of the time! Some of the the promoters we still book with and have stayed friends over the years. Others weren’t very kind and completely unamused by us. In those cases, we would just set up outside the show and busk. It still amazes me what not giving a fuck and doing what you want can get you, and understanding that not everyone is going to like what you do and that’s alright.

When do you feel like DnD became more legit with your own booked shows/tours/followers?

I think once we got a clear lineup of who and what we wanted for our band, I think this was around 2010-2011, we made up our minds that we were a four piece, guitar/trumpet/washboard/gutbucket. I started my booking career at our local anarchists bookstore, Sedition Books, around 2009, which helped me learn the ropes about the inner workings of shows and branched off to bigger venues and eventually booking solid tours. In 2012 we started booking bigger shows in our hometown. Among them was Free Press Summer Fest, which Weezer headlined and in 2013 we opened for y’all when you came through. We are in a constant trial and error when it comes to our band. The more we learn, the more we grow and I feel like the people who have supported us over the years have everything to do with our recent endeavors.

Was there a clear catalyst for the change?

This came in 2013 after the release of our full length Rogue Taxidery and when we had finally gotten a solid lineup with Meagan and Geoff joining the band. We never expected anyone to ever really listen to our band so the past few years has been a very surreal experience for all of us.

What’s your favorite drink & what’s your favorite song?

Whitney: Vodka Orange Juice and “Where You’ll Find Me Now” by Neutral Milk Hotel

Meagan: Mangonadas and pickle juice with vodka would be my two favorite drinks. Favorite song right now would probably be “I Saw The Sign” by Ace of Base.

Geoff: Purple drank and “Purple Rain.”

Jesse: Lone Star! I mean, it is the national beer of Texas, right? Favorite song currently “Pork N Beans” by Weezer. Favorite song of all time “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen.

Leftover Crack’s Sturgeon answers questions from Days N Daze:

Jesse: Can you explain your song writing process?

Well, it’s different for every band, record & sometimes song. The majority of LoC songs have been built from the drums first on a four track. Immediately after there is s rudimentary bass line & usually two guitars added that are playing different parts. Ultimately, the arrangement is extended or toyed with and another part, like a bridge, is added as the very last thing to be written almost every time; and often up until the vocals are being recorded are the lyrics & vocal melodies. Out of everything that we do, the main thing that is painstakingly researched, changed & rearranged for years at a time perhaps are the lyrics. That might seem like a lot of thought for some of my mediocre lyrics, but, I’m trying to convey a precise political message usually and there’s not a lot of room for abstract vague-isms. It’s usually not meant to read as poetry.

Jesse: Did the guest vocalists on the new album write their own parts?

Well, Blackbird Raum and Intro5pect wrote most of the lyrics to “Last Legs” and “The War at Home.” I wrote some of those, but they’re cover songs to an extent, especially with BBR who had written “Last Legs” without any knowledge that we’d cover it.

“The War At Home” was a collaboration when it was first recorded though.

Whitney: What’s your favorite experience with touring with other bands?

Obviously Days N Daze and All Torn Up! Make the best line-up for me personally. I feel like I have so much in common with both bands not just musically, but in our collective personal experiences. Whether it’s struggling to exist as an anarchist hardcore punk band in NYC, which is no small feat in such a gentrified, crowded and expensive place, or the struggle of being taken seriously as musicians and artists as a crusty traveller. I can relate to almost everybody on these tours from the straight-edge vegan to the most avid drinker or drug enthusiast. We like to think that we can bridge these gaps and promote an often unseen unity between what some would see as polar opposites, but I only see the many similarities and relativity that it’s obviously a positive symbiotic relationship.

Geoff: What’s your favorite film actor/actress and how do they inspire you?

That’s a tough one. I find it hard to relate to an art form that mostly has the actor or actress relying so heavily on the writing and direction of others. So, I guess that the person would have to write their own material mostly and I feel as though that is mostly seen in the world of comedy. I’ve answered this question before because it’s so loaded for your average anarchist, and I remember writing similar “hemming & hawing.” I’ll have to skip this for now and come back to it.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve acquired from a fan or friend on the road?

The confidence to be myself.

Meagan: Who’s your favorite Spice Girl?

Sporty Spice! Best singer and strongest “female personality” if that’s what you can call “Scary,” “Ginger,” “Baby” or “Posh.”

Whitney: How do you handle separating your personal life and your band?

Mostly I don’t. Outside of playing music and relating to people that either do the same with or without me, or who create art that clearly informs or is informed by the mostly “punk” music world, I have very few friends. It’s not because I’m a snob though. To be honest, I never really had any friends before I started playing in bands and I find that when I’m not touring or recording or rehearsing, I still have trouble finding people to hang out with me whether they have a typical 9-5 job that takes up their time or they are too busy creating their own music/art to hang out with someone they’re not actively collaborating with. Or the fact that I’m really a very antisocial person if there are no commitments or structure to my daily life. I often flee to Mexico or Central America to travel alone because I don’t know what to do with myself otherwise.

Whitney: What do you like about touring again since the new album and why?

I think that putting out “constructs” and having it be more or less well received in general gave us a reason to step up our game both in our concentration on our performance and our attention to the details of our new and old recordings. Introducing the keyboard has made it much more realistic to attain the multiple instruments that we had tried to duplicate live like the strings on “Life is Pain” and “Operation MOVE” to the organs throughout “Fuck World Trade” and our new record. We even started to sound check for the first time in our touring career. I thought that it would make me lose my voice more often, but it’s done exactly the opposite and we all play better when we can hear each other.

Geoff: What’s your favorite song on the new album and why?

I really can’t pick a favorite song. I like so many of them for different reasons. I like “Don’t Shoot” – it was the first music written for the album at the end of 2011 and it was the last to have lyrics because I’m not used to singing such sparse lines of lyrics. But I found that every other attempt at adding more words and with different timings and melodies all buried the simple charm of the music. Another song that I had the music for since 2011 was “System Fucked,” which I think came out great. I suppose my favorite though is “The Lie of Luck” because it was not only the last song written and recorded for the record, it was the quickest all around. From the decision to try an arrangement that was made up in a few minutes, to the tracking of the drums, bass and guitars within the same hour to writing the lyrics and recording the vocals the next day. Lyrics which happen to be some of the albums best in my opinion because they encapsulate and expand on the political themes of our lyrics that I find most definitive to our music along with the ideas that I hold most dear.

Meagan: What’s your favorite candy?

Definitely chocolate based. I would have to go with one of those hybrids of a classic candy bar. It’s either the Reese’s Sticks or the yellow Snickers that has rice and peanut butter in it. I mean, I think that those are both poison & should not be abused as sugar and other addictive substances tend to be. But, yeah, I guess that I haven’t seen a “Whatchamacallit” in years, so one of those others seems to be carrying the chocolate, peanut butter, caramel, puffed rice torch…

“Whatchamacallit” obviously still has the best name. Oh, obesity, I will curl up in your warm embrace again some lucky day. - New Noise Magazine

"Rattle Mag Talk to Days N Daze"

A certain percentage of you reading won't have anything remotely close to Days N Daze on your playlist.

That's nothing to do with their popularity at all, but moreover the reasoning is that there are so few bands that come close to this one. Should your interests stray this way you may have heard of Leftover Crack, or Mischief Brew....perhaps delving further and hazarding an ear in the wake of Gripe, The Hail Seizures, or Witch Hunt....or given of a slight tangent, Split Lip Rayfield. However, an education in modern punk and its subcultures, may require you to get to know these tousled Houstonian gypsy hearted musicians and their juxtaposed dulcet.

Not only do Days N Daze play with aptitude, off the wall arrest and a deep seated wandering wolf pack love, they are flying a ska infused banner of collective resumption and guardianship of the often misunderstood folk and rouge punk genre. ( Though the correct terminology preferred by the band is affectionately known as 'H-town thrashgrass')

In case you're entirely not familiar, imagine The Violent Femmes covering a Mumford and Sons song. Though that's a very brambly method of description to say the least. Nonetheless, like any previously uncharted music ground, if you want to know more, simply listen and learn - musicians have a way of teaching you what you never knew you always needed to know.

The band formed in 2008 South East Texas, the symphonic amity and province of Whitney Flynn and Jesse Sendejas, which eventually expanded to include alternative musicians Geoff Bell, Megan Michelle and formerly Marissa Sendejas and Freddie Boatright. They expend a grand and impassioned sense of vital DIY ethics, from their image and production to their choice of venue; and despite having the ability to effortlessly stand up with the likes of acts such as Weezer and more, they are still willing to play a backyard show with equal amour and efficiency. That says everything you need to know about the silty sweetness and dauntless resolution of this band. That is besides the fact that many a wandering man will make their shows an audible place to come home to - Days N Daze are esoteric flames to the spirit of the travelling moth.

Though the band have a growing appeal, patches baring their name are often worn on the backs of nomads and wayfarers among the crust punk community throughout the USA and beyond. This is where the lifeblood of their scene has welled from. They are the blackfoot daisies of punk rock and offer a tightly played call of tough living freedom no matter where you are.

RattleMag have caught a conversation with Flynn and Sendejas, both vocalists for the band and offering musical skills variable beyond the recurrently seen peddle of onstage instrumental - to help us all learn more about the special kind of beauty that is selling this band to the wildhearts of the world.
RM: We know it's cliche, but you guys are an immensely interesting band musically - generally most people will have not heard anything similar to what you do. How would you introduce yourselves (to readers with more of a 'virgin ear'?

(Jesse Sendejas) - We are a punk band that plays acoustic instruments. We call our genre Thrashgrass, which my little sister, Marissa Sendejas, coined back in 2010.

(Whitney Flynn) - We use a ton of different influences in our music ranging from punk to ska to folk. Every song we play has a singular sound but varies in genre.

RM:Talk us through the kit - what instruments do you guys blend to make your distinctive sound?

(W) Live we are a four band with guitar, trumpet, washboard and washtub bass.

(J) In our recordings we incorporate not only our four base instruments but also ukulele, mandolin, banjo, acoustic bass, harmonica, and other various instruments to fill out our sound.

RM:What are the challenges of holding quite a riotous punk ethos in a state like Texas?

(J)There aren’t that many problems we have, maybe the scenes that we have aren't as large but everyone really bans together to make our community work and getting out of Texas to tour (or touring bands to come through) is always a struggle since we live in such a big state.

(W) I think over the years we have a solid scene going, especially in Houston. The kids that come out to shows are at every show and are so extremely supportive of local artists. Yeah there are cliques that form but usually the drama that’s held is kept out of shows so we have a really incredible sense of community that comes with the Houston and all around Texas scene.

RM: How did Days N Daze form?

(W) Jesse and I grew up together and in 2008 we were living in San Marcos,TX. He had dropped out of high school to move with me there while I attended my first year in college. We didn’t fit in with any of the kids that lived in the town so we would spend our time writing songs and traveling on our time off. Eventually we started booking shows and going on tour. Eight years later we are making music and traveling full time, all of the in between is filled with crazy adventures both good and bad but we never stopped believing that this was what we wanted to do with our lives.

RM:Not every band wants to make it big, most just play for the art and the personal calling.... Was there a heartfelt agenda in your shared passion?

(W) We had no initial agenda, we never thought that anyone was ever going to listen to our music we were (and still are) just making it for the pure love of what we do. Without the ability to make music I personally couldn’t see a life worth living. I can probably speak for both of us when I say that writing and playing music is the only real truth I’ve ever found in this life. Both of us are too stubborn to ever give that up.

(J) It was also an excuse or reason to travel. Wondering waywardly gave me kind of a purpose to go out and see things, to meet people. But it was never for like”I want to be in a band that plays festivals” that was never a part of any of it. All of this was a distant dream that we had.

RM:In such uncertain times as we live in today, what merit and message do you think people can absorb from bands like your own?

(J) Stop waiting around for something to happen because you could save up for your retirement fund then die a week before you retire. Time is fleeting so don’t take shit so seriously. Focus on getting your politics straight, decide who you want to be as person, what your values and beliefs are but don’t let that dictate your entire world. Realize that you only live one and you’re going to die a lot sooner than you probably think you are. So go out and fuckin do it. Just do it.

(W) Whenever life gets too tough and you feel like you can’t go on just to know that you aren't alone. That we all gotta stick out the bullshit together.

RM:You guys have toured pretty widely, and I'm sure it has taken you to some interesting places. You're headed to the United Kingdom soon...Do you think the British audiences receive your performance differently than here at home?

(W) I think every place we play is different and has something really special to say about each community we go to. So yeah I hope it’s really different but in the best of ways.

(J) I hope it’s a different setting, people, culture but with the same collective release that we feel at shows in the states. A collective communal cathartic release.

RM:If you all could pick one place that is your favorite to play, where would it be and why?

(J) Skatopia because it’s fucking Skatopia!

(W) Houston,TX because it’s our hometown.

RM:What is something Days N Daze have done that you're particularly proud of?

(W) I’m proud that we stick to our DIY roots. Everything we do we have complete control over. The only people we work with is our friends, there is no big label or corporations telling us what we can or cannot do. We burn every cd, book our tours, manage the band etc. all ourselves. It’s a never-ending job that takes all of the passion and hard work we have but it is extremely rewarding, especially having such a close relationship with the people who listen to our music. We’ve always wanted what we do to be all inclusive, we are only here because of the people who have supported us through the years.

(J)I’m proud that we’re still doing it and everyone is still alive! Through all our crazy shit none of us have given up, that we keep making music and living life. there anything you'd like to see the band do that they have not?

(W) Tour abroad, which we will be doing this summer and we can’t wait!

RM:What's the weirdest thing that's ever happened to Days N Daze?

(J) I think the weirdest thing is us winning “Best Punk Band” for the Houston Press Music Awards. Being chosen in a city as large as Houston, playing punk with acoustic instruments is kind of mind blowing.

(W) I think we both agree the weirdest thing is that any of this is actually happening, that people are actually listening to our music.

RM: What or who are your musical influences?

(J) My parents are a huge influence on my music, when I was ten years old they introduced me to The Sex Pistols and other punk bands. As far as bands or musicians Leftover Crack, Watsky, Mischief Brew, Night Gaunts and all the bands we play with while we are out on the road.

(W) I gain alot of my influence from being on the road constantly, the struggle between the need to keep moving and also finding stability in a life that’s so uncertain. Railyard Ghosts, Dirty Kid Discount, The Taxpayers, Larry and His Flask and also all the bands we have the opportunity to tour and play shows with.

RM:3 songs or artists that should be on any young punks play list.

1. Choking Victim 2. Mischief Brew 3. MDC

RM:To finish up...You guys all have quite a few side projects - share with us a little about those.

(W) A few of my side projects is a folk band called My Pizza My World and an electric punk band with Jesse called Deacthect.

(J) I’m in a folkpunk band called Chad Hates George and also an electric band called Escape from the zoo. -

"Leftover Crack Announce 2015 Cracktoberfest Dates"

Anarcho-ska-punk band Leftover Crack have announced the dates and locations for their annual Cracktoberfest tour. Check out the full list below. The tour will feature support from Days N Daze and All Torn Up.

LC’s new album, Constructs Of The State, is set to be released on October 30th. It will serve as a follow up to 2014′s Fuck World Trade, which was released through Fat Wreck Chords.

Sun. Oct. 18 Pittsburgh PA Rex Theatre

Tue. Oct. 20 Detroit MI Loving Touch

Wed. Oct. 21 Cleveland OH Now That’s Class

Thu. Oct. 22 TBA

Fri. Oct. 23 St. Louis MO Fubar

Sat. Oct. 24 Springfield IL Black Sheep Café

Sun. Oct. 25 Kansas City MO Record Bar

Mon. Oct. 26 Chicago IL Reggies

Wed. Oct. 28 Omaha NE Lookout Lounge

Thu. Oct. 29 Des Moines IA Lefty’s Live Music (18+)

Fri. Oct. 30 Milwaukee WI Borg Ward

Sat. Oct. 31 Minneapolis MN Triple Rock Soc. Club

Tues. Nov. 3 Memphis TN The Hi Tone

Wed. Nov. 4 Birmingham AL Saturn (18+)

Thu. Nov. 5 Jacksonville FL 1904 Music Hall

Fri. Nov. 6 Orlando, FL Backbooth

Sat. Nov. 7 Tampa FL Orpheum

Sun, Nov. 8 Miami FL Churchills - Dying Scene

"Rogue Taxidermy Review"

Days N' Daze
Rogue Taxidermy (2013)

December 15th 2015
Far from unknown in the DIY scene, Houston’s own Days N'Daze returns with their sixth and possibly their most auspicious full length album. Even if you’re not into the folk punk scene, the band's style (coined “Thrash Grass” by lead vocalist and oogle extraordinaire Jesse Sendejas) definitely separates them from some of their contemporaries. Very few gutter punk bands can appeal to a broad base of listeners, but these guys are one of them. Think Pat the Bunny but perhaps slightly more focused.

Of course the LP has all the dressings of a great folk punk anthology. It has its share of accordions, banjo riffs, washboard beats and even a kazoo solo for good measure, but there really is a little something for everyone. From the oogle anthem “Remnants of What People Used to Be” ("Because now everyone smells fake. It's all perfumes and body sprays, we're just plastic, dolled up remnants of the human race") to the semi-morbid love song “Blue Jay” ("As the dead robins strung across the morning dew, the blue jays oh sing a sorrowful tune. I'll never stop missing you. I'll never stop loving you.") beautifully rendered by female vocalist (and sister of aforementioned lead singer, Jesse) Marissa Sendejas. For those that don’t like the gravelly, road-hardened voice of Jesse or the softer, more subtle styling’s of Marrissa, there’s “Dazed From the Dazzle of Decadence and Constantly Reminded of Death,” a haunting instrumental, reminiscent of a song played by an old, abandoned carnival ride.

There’s definitely an undertone of growing old and slowing down a little in a few songs like “DBS” ("I'm not saying that we're old , I just don't feel that we're still young. After all this time that we've been lost. So go for broke and fuck tomorrow. Cheat and steal and beg and borrow") and “Rockabilly Impending Deathfuture” ("When did the face of a dying man replace my reflection"). Hopefully they aren’t burning out. Following their Facebook page, it’s easy to see how one could easily become road weary. Mechanical failures, last second venue switches, a constant, grueling tour schedule and the omnipresent bane of the skunk punk, hunger pangs, could cause anyone to wear down a little. ‘Tis the life of a DIY’er though.

If you like rail riding, homeless, crust punk, you will certainly enjoy the album, if not you can most likely still find something to suit your fancy. One of the more universally appealing songs (and my favorite) is "Misanthropic Drunken Loner." Start there and work your way around. The album is for sale at Bandcamp. Name your own price! Also, it’s free to stream. So go give it a listen and if you like it, fork over a few bucks. Last I heard, all funds were going towards van repairs. - Punk News

"Days N Daze Interview with A Fistful of Vinyl, KXLU 88.9, Los Angeles"

Interviewed by A Fistful of Vinyl, Los Angeles, CA, - A Fistful of Vinyl

"Days N Daze Interview In France"

Interviewed by European Internet radio show based in France - Radio Onlight

"Patrician Music Reviews: Rogue Taxidermy"

Quite possibly one of the very few albums I will ever give a ten out of ten, Days N Daze's Rogue Taxidermy is absolute gold. The album artwork accurately represents what it sounds like; a mesh of different styles, sounds and influences sewn together into some kind of of odd, almost crude, but interesting piece. Rogue Taxidermy is classified as folk punk; but that is a misleading title. It's much angrier than what one thinks of when they hear the term "folk punk," and much more harsh. There's almost a hint of Descendent's in the content; a majority of the lyrics are about dissatisfaction with everyday life, anger towards a majority of society, disrespecting authority, and experiencing changes in life.

If you are someone who enjoys clean, clear vocals, this album will not be for you. There are two vocalists- one female and one male. The female does have a lovely voice, but quite the juxtaposition when put next to the male vocals- high pitched, rugged, and harsh. When I heard the first track of this album, "Rockabilly Impending Deathfuture", I was not ready for what I was about to hear. What starts out as a few soft chords quickly turns into what can only be described as incredibly angry ska, with what almost sounds like mariachi music, and this man with a high pitched, cracking voice yelling- which then transitions into something that almost sounds bluesy. The album consists of sixteen similar tracks, but none that sound too alike to the point of repetition; again, there are songs featuring the female vocalist as well. Though this album is long, it is well worth the listen. It sounds like something you could dance to in a dive bar in a hipster part of Brooklyn or day drink on your couch to alone, and the lyrical content could fit either of those situations. Congratulations, Days N Daze. Ten out of ten.

Days N Daze is a DIY band from Texas. Rogue Taxidermy is available on Bandcamp for fifty cents and on various other streaming sites and online music stores.
Posted by Annalise Thode at 1:12 PM - Patrician Music

"Days N Daze: The Most Charming Riot of All Time"

Artist of the Week

Days N' Daze: The Most Charming Riot of All Time By Shea Serrano

Fri., Apr. 6 2012 at 9:00 AM

Each week, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to

Meet Days N' Daze.

They look sweet, right? They're not. They're a goddamn menace; more violent than the Femmes, more poguesy than the Pogues. They're a frothy, malicious, frenetic band of music mutants. And they are absolutely perfect.

Their low-fi bombast is erratic but still entirely consumable, which is a marvelous trick to be able to pull off. The vocals are better than the instrumentation and the instrumentation is better than the vocals and, yeah, okay, that doesn't make sense in the traditional linear universe but that's because DN'D doesn't appear to exist in a traditional anything.

Just read the interview and listen to the music and give them all of your money when you see them.

- by Shea Serrano/Houston Press/Village Voice Media

"Days N Daze Goes Guerilla"

I’ve finally gotten a chance to listen to the band, btw, and I have to say, I’m liking it; it’s bizarre, folky, low-to-the-ground, and resolutely DIY, and it works surprisingly well. When I listen to tracks like “The Empress Bridge,” I find myself thinking of similarly high-pitched weirdo-popsters Machine Go Boom, if that band were actually an anarcho-punk collective like Anti-Flag. Throw in some Less Than Jake-esque ska-punk elements, and things get even more interesting, especially once you realize they’re playing washboard, banjo, and mandolin at various points.

Very cool
- by Jeremy Hart/Space City Rock

"Life On The Road"

Members of the "thrash-grass" band Days N' Daze, from left, Geoff Bell, Wade Shippey, Summer Newman, Jesse Sandejas and Whitney Flynn, perform Tuesday on the sidewalk along West Main Street in Mystic. The Houston, Texas, band performed Monday night in New London and on Tuesday was playing for gas money for the drive to a gig in Jersey City.
Sean D. Elliot/The Day - The Day

"Ward Off The Vultures Review/Days N Daze"

I wish more folk punk bands were half as ambitious with their vocals...It's rare to find a band that combines such heart wrenching melodic parts with such untamed rage....The tiny choir that makes up DND is what gives it it's most constant indentifying characteristic and also is one of the most exciting things about this band...This is legitimately impressive music...This isn't imitation, it's innovation. If other, more popular folk punk bands have done things which have left a bad taste in your mouth I don't know why you're not already listening to DND. If you're tired of one guy with an acoustic guitar singing a-tonally who is unaware he's doing a slow Body Count cover, do yourself a solid and give this band a chance...Overall, this is absolutely a step forward for this band, which is astonishing considering where they were stepping from....This band's ability to grow and innovate dumbfounds me. This is required reading, kids.
- Alex DenBaars

"Tours: Days N Daze"

Days N'' Daze have some shows in the south scattered throughout the later part of this year. More shows will be announced in the future. We'll keep you updated. The band last released Rogue Taxidermy in 2013.

You see the list of shows below.

Date Venue City
Oct. 28th Black Monk Tavern​ Corpus Christi, TX w/ Black TarPoon, The StickArounds, Adan Gonzales Band Bent Johnson's String Band, & Kind of thinking
Oct. 29th La Retama Park Corpus Christi, TX Dia De Los Muertos Festival
Oct. 30th St. Roch Tavern New Orleans, LA w/ Black Death All Stars (Reunion Show!) & Yes Ma'am
Nov. 12th/13th For The Community Twelve Houston, TX Playing on the 13th for the Post Party/Benefit for Standing Rock #NoDAPL
Nov. 25th Shitsgiving Vegan Potluck and Show San Antonio, TX
Nov 26th Hometown Hoedown Houston, TX
Dec. 9th,10th & 11th Hurricane Holiday Houston, TX (more info TBA) - Punk News

"Free Download - Days N Daze"

mentioned recently this band on a review and someone asked me about them. Days n'Daze are a Trashgrass/Folk punk band from Houston, TX (USA). Their albums can be bought from Bandcamp, their price is at least 0,50 USD (the splits cost 7,00 USD). Most of their songs are also available at Reverbnation.

"Houstonians Whitney Flynn and Jesse Sendejas formed Days N´Daze as a duo in 2008. Since then, they've taken on different musicians to create a full recording and touring band. Presently, the band's rhythm section includes bassist Geoff Bell and percussionist Meagan Michelle. Flynn and Sendejas remain the band's principal songwriters.

The group's sound has been described as "riot folk" or "thrashgrass." Song themes run the gamut from social (gang violence, terrorism, annihilation of the environment for corporate pocket-lining, the mundane and unavoidable anxieties of modern life, et al) to recreational (how the fuck did we end up in jail?).

Days N´Daze embraces the D.I.Y. ethic by recording, packaging and promoting its music independently.

DnD is best known for is its live shows, which are energetic to the point of audience members stripping their clothes off in ecstatic, music-induced jubilation (or, too much PBR). The band has performed in more than half the contiguous United States in venues ranging from house shows to festivals. On the road, DnD has played the D.I.Y. staple Brootal Sun Fest, at Skatopia's Bowl Bash and in Tompkins Square Park in NYC's Alphabet City. At home, it performs routinely at well-regarded spaces such as Walter's and Warehouse Live. The band was honored to open the second day of performances at the 2011 Houston Free Press Summerfest, which featured headliner Weezer later that night.

Days N'Daze has opened for several national acts, including Leftover Crack, The Infamous Stringdusters, M.D.C., Morning Glory, New Zealand's Night Gaunts, Cancerslug and Mischief Brew.



Jesse Sendejas - Vocals/Guitar/Accordion/Banjo
Whitney Flynn - Vocals/Trumpet/Uke
Geoff Bell - Gutbucket extraordinaire
Meagan Michelle - Washboard

Discography (albums only):

"We Never Said it Was Good" (17 tracks, 2008)
"Perfectly Dysfunctional" (12 tracks, 2009)
"Here Goes Nothin" (10 Tracks, 2010)
"Ward of the Vultures" (14 tracks, 2011)
"The Oogle Deathmachine"(12 tracks, 2013)
"Rogue Taxidermy" (16 tracks, 2013)


Reverbnation (46 Tracks, free)

Bandcamp (Price from 0,50 USD/album) - Celtic Folk Punk Blogspot

"Houston's 10 Most Underrated Groups"

Unfortunately, this very publication may be somewhat culpable in Days N Daze's presence on an “underrated” list, thanks to the pesky conflict-of-interest concerns precluding our own Jesse Sendejas Jr. from writing about his son's band. That hasn't stopped the quartet, founded in 2008 by Jesse's son Jesse and Whitney Flynn, from accruing upwards of 34,000 likes on Facebook. (As a reference point, The Suffers, as seen on VisitHouston's local-TV campaign and headed for Freedom Over Texas next week, clock in at just over 18K.) Though they have rightly dubbed their music “thrashgrass” – it's largely acoustic, and also, well, really, really fast – DND are more complicated than that, like the way they weave trumpet into the songs on 2013's The Oogle Deathmachine, one of their many releases available on Bandcamp. Likewise, their lyrics tackle prickly themes like terrorism and environmental devastation alongside more recreational pursuits; apparently they've spent at least one night in jail. But ultimately, DND may not be as talked-about as some of their H-Town peers for one simple reason: They're just not around all that often. These are some true road warriors who are due in Europe next month, and this past weekend played Quebec's Amnesia Rockfest alongside the likes of blink-182, Rise Against and Ice Cube – before piling into the van for their gig last night in Alberta, some 2,200 miles away. As an old friend used to say, that's a lot of ground to cover by morning. CHRIS GRAY - Houston Press

"Houston's 10 Most Underrated"

Unfortunately, this very publication may be somewhat culpable in Days N Daze's presence on an “underrated” list, thanks to the pesky conflict-of-interest concerns precluding our own Jesse Sendejas Jr. from writing about his son's band. That hasn't stopped the quartet, founded in 2008 by Jesse's son Jesse and Whitney Flynn, from accruing upwards of 34,000 likes on Facebook. (As a reference point, The Suffers, as seen on VisitHouston's local-TV campaign and headed for Freedom Over Texas next week, clock in at just over 18K.) Though they have rightly dubbed their music “thrashgrass” – it's largely acoustic, and also, well, really, really fast – DND are more complicated than that, like the way they weave trumpet into the songs on 2013's The Oogle Deathmachine, one of their many releases available on Bandcamp. Likewise, their lyrics tackle prickly themes like terrorism and environmental devastation alongside more recreational pursuits; apparently they've spent at least one night in jail. But ultimately, DND may not be as talked-about as some of their H-Town peers for one simple reason: They're just not around all that often. These are some true road warriors who are due in Europe next month, and this past weekend played Quebec's Amnesia Rockfest alongside the likes of blink-182, Rise Against and Ice Cube – before piling into the van for their gig last night in Alberta, some 2,200 miles away. As an old friend used to say, that's a lot of ground to cover by morning. CHRIS GRAY - Houston Press


Tracks are streaming on the listed websites
and up for free download at

(2015) Days N Daze/Night Gaunts Split

Mosquitoes (Night Gaunts cover)/Same Shit/Spilt Beer/Vent

(2015) Self Destructive Anthem (single)  

(2013) Rogue Taxidermy

Rockabilly Impending Deathfuture/Fuck It!/Muddy Knees/Call In The Coroner/Misanthropic Drunken Loner/Blue Jays/Remnants Of What People Used To Be/Day Gaunts/Fate Of A Coward/Dazed From The Dazzle Of Decadence And Constantly Reminded Of Death/1984/DBS Out/Tarnished Ol' Photograph/Goodbye Lulu/Perfectly Dysfunctional/Post Party Depression

(2013) The Oogle Deathmachine

Phantasmagoria/Nine On The Bortle/Dig Down/Law & Justice/Shit Luck/Little Blue Pills Pt. 2/Voyeuristic Nightmare/Newtown to Cape Town/Fuck You. Pay Me. Fuck You./Comfort epershand Control/Open The Floodgates/Flea Bitten Drifters

(2012) 12 Song Spilt w/Arroyo Deathmatch

Gnargle/Little Blue Pills/The Flatlands/Bombs Over Boston '12/Arcane Drifter/Hidden At Home

(2011) Ward Off The Vultures

Torches Are Calling (intro)/Coin The Phrase/Canary In The Coalmine/Asleep At the Wheel/Kick Your Lawyer in the Face/Thousands of Fists/Life In the Vultures' Nest (interlude)/Through Ties to Another/Highest Bidding Shepherd/Wake Up and Rage!/New Gangland/Ward Off the Vultures/Now I/Over the Yardarm

(2010) Here Goes Nothin'

The Reprieve/Weslayan/Run Kids/Trade My Hands To The Devil/Inside The Storm/Mirror Falls/Books of Blood/The Empress Bridge/Farewell/Nothing' Can Stop Us From Partyin'

(2009) Perfectly Dysfunctional

Intro/Muddy Knees/Coin the Phrase/Gangland/Bible Pages/Human Suit/Never Loud Enough/I'm Broke/Slave to Anxiety/Waking World/Gimme Grenades/Tough Cookies and Love

(2008) We Never Said It Was Good

Freedom Song/H-Town/Santa Barbara/Kick Your Lawyer in the Face/These Two Chords/I Can't Explain/All I Got/The Disney Song/Suicide Song/Where Monsters Play/Fry Bacon Fry/Skacino Dub/Sally Sadie/Bombs Over Boston/Taken Away/Saturday Morning Cartoons/Cookies And Love/W+J



Whitney Flynn and Jesse Sendejas formed Days N Daze as a duo in 2008.  They remain the core of the band, now joined by washboardist Meg Michelle and washtub bassist, Geoff Bell.  

The band coined the phrase "H-town Thrashgrass" to describe its fusion of roots music and punk rock. Days N Daze has enjoyed a boon in followers over the last two years, largely on the strength of its last two albums, The Oogle Deathmachine and Rogue Taxidermy.  Those albums have helped the band grow its Facebook followership to 40,000, with weekly post reach figures around 50,000. Those followers voted Days N Daze "Best Punk Act" in 2015's Houston Press Music Awards.  The band's songs have been covered by hundreds of independent artists and Days N Daze YouTube hits number in the multi-millions. The official video for its track "Misanthropic Drunken Loner" alone has over 1 million views. 

While DnD has grown some of its audience via an artist verified Spotify page (presently 13,000 followers) and Pandora, it is best known for is its constant tour schedule.  This year, highlights included performing at Amnesia Rockfest, a Canadian music festival featuring headliners Blink 182, Jane's Addiction and Ice Cube. The band performed by invitation in August at London's Boomtown Fair, a four-day interactive festival headlined by Madness and Damian Marley. Whether performing as Days N Daze or in offshoot bands like My Pizza My World, Escape from the Zoo or Chad Hates George, Whitney and Jesse are committed to taking the music to those who want it. 

 DnD's live shows are energetic to the point of audience members stripping their clothes off. The band has played a variety of venues in 40 of the 48 contiguous states, in Canada and in 13 European countries, from rooms like Houston's Walter's, Warehouse Live and Fitzgerald's to vaunted venues such as 924 Gilman, The Knitting Factory and Audio Glasgow. Festival experience includes Houston's Free Press Summer Fest, Skatopia Bowl Bash and the Common Grounds Festival (U.K.). The band toured with New Zealand's Night Gaunts in 2015 - a 44-date tour booked by Whitney -and did an 18-date run with Leftover Crack and All Torn Up on Cracktoberfest 2015. This summer, Days N Daze played a month's worth of successful shows in Europe, introducing new songs from its approaching album, Crustfall, along the way. The band's discography included vinyl pressings of splits with Night Gaunts and Railyard Ghosts this year. It was honored to be a featured act on Leftover Crack's Constructs of the State, the band;s first new album in 11 years.

The band and its associated acts are entirely D.I.Y. and work under the Sweater Weather Collective, which includes a booking group.