Mon March 4th, 2002
The Fallout (2001)
Jeremy Hora (1999-Present), guitarist
Danny Craig (1999-Present), drummer
Dallas Smith (1999-Present), vocals
Dave Benedict (2000-Present), bass
Default’s debut album features a track titled “Seize the Day,” which is the English translation of “Carpe Diem” – a Latin motto that enjoyed a flush of hipness when Peter Wier’s 1989 film Dead Poets Society became popular. The phrase actually dates back over two thousand years to the first century B.C. when the Roman poet/philosopher Horace used it in his “Odes” (book I, ode xi). The entire phrase in Latin reads: “Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero.” In English: “Seize the day, put no trust in the morrow!” A very rock’n’roll philosophy if ever there was one.
As with Linkin Park, Default’s debut album, The Fallout is a kind of tribute to its roots. Linkin Park chose to title its first album after its original band moniker. Before signing with TVT Records, Default had circulated around the Vancouver, British Columbia music scene as the Fallout.

Though the band officially formed in 1999, founders Jeremy Hora and Danny Craig had been making the rounds in various bands since 1995. The pieces started to fall into place when they crossed paths with an old high school friend of Hora’s while auditioning vocalists. Dallas Smith was still a little wet behind the ears when it came to fronting a band, but Hora and Craig sensed potential in him and chose him over more experienced singers they’d considered.

With a temporary bassist rounding out the line-up, the quartet set its sights on making a demo and began recording with engineer Joey Moi. Moi was impressed enough by the band’s music to pass a copy of the demo (The Fallout) along to Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger, who in turn entered the band in a local talent contest sponsored by Vancouver Radio station CFOX. Out of a field of some 300 competitors, the Fallout won one of four slots on the Vancouver Seeds 2000 compilation CD. While the CD was being pressed, the Fallout changed its name to Default.

The local success of the Seeds collection, coupled with the 2000 copies of The Fallout that had sold, in part helped Default land a deal with TVT Records, and it was shortly after inking its contract that bassist Dave Benedict signed on. Default had hoped to hit the studio with Kroeger to record a few new tracks for the upcoming re-release of its debut on TVT. Unfortunately Nickelback’s success meant his schedule was jammed, so Default went to Seattle to record with Rick Parashar (Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains). In February of 2001, a major earthquake hit the Seattle area in the midst of Default’s recording sessions, but the band was undeterred, and The Fallout hit the streets in October of that year.
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