Days Are Done are singer-songwriter Emmy Kay (from Blackpool) and BAFTA winning TV & film composer Adam Lewis (from South Wales), who are both based in Kingston-upon-Thames. They tell us that it was in fact in Kingston on a sunny day that they wrote their new single ‘You’ (12 May) which we have the pleasure in premiering today.
You was written right at the beginning of Days Are Done – it was one of those songs that we wrote in about half an hour. It was a beautiful sunny day in Kingston and I think we were sat in the park. Kingston has kind of an ‘old vs. new’ vibe – a lot of history but it’s also constantly evolving and I think you can hear those influences in our writing and especially in You. One of our more rootsy tracks and definitely a fan favourite live, particularly the acapella middle section!
Days are Done are what could be described as a happy accident. Having both played in a series of different bands, both together and individually, they knew that they had a strong chemistry and when they finally sat down together to write as just the two of them, the flow was just natural. Realising that they had something special when they stripped their sound back to just the two of them and a guitar, they decided that this was their musical destiny. Days Are Done was born. The rest if history still in the making.
Over the last 18 months, the duo have composed a striking body of songs, mostly written in their front rooms in Kingston. Boasting an ‘old vs. new’ vibe, it is fair to say that their shared influences are married with their own distinctive sound to craft something rather timelessly magical.
One of those key influences is Nick Drake, whose song Day is Done inspired the duo’s name. Having formed the duo at what they thought was the end of a musical journey, the name fitted perfectly.
A bit of musical secret, they didn’t share the band with friends ahead of launching at a series of open mics where they road-tested material. Within a few months, they had recorded a live EP at a tiny coffee shop Hands Coffee (sadly no more) in their hometown. Armed with a laptop and microphones, they invited friends and family and recorded the whole show to release as two introductory EPs.
The old school formula worked its wonders and soon enough they had clocked up over 180 gigs – including opening for St Paul & The Broken Bones and Michael Kiwanuka.
Having recorded their debut single, Turns To Dust, in Adam’s front room, which involved lots of running around the sofa to press record so that they could record the vocals together, they found themselves surrounded by love for the song. Alongside support from BBC Radio 2, BBC Wales, BBC London, BBC Surrey & South and BBC Introducing, they found themselves invited for sessions with Gaby Roslin and Robert Elms. The love for the duo even spread Stateside and they found themselves invited to perform a session on the world famous WSM in Nashville after a DJ there found a clip of the song on Instagram!
With their rapidly growing fanbase now anticipating their next step, the duo return this summer with their debut studio EP, Closer, which was produced and mixed by Sean Genockey at his Studio (Blackdog Studio). To celebrate the release they hit the festival circuit, with Glastonbury and Hebcelt topping the bill!
“You” will be available to stream everywhere on Friday 12th May.