Profile: Joe Mills of Stoner Doom Metallers Dayglo Mourning

Dayglo Mourning

This Friday will see the release of a split release, Rope Enough For Two, between two titans of doom / sludge / stoner metal from Atlanta, Georgia: Dayglo Mourning and Bludy Gyres and to put it lightly, these two go for broke in keeping it hazy and heavy. Dayglo’s side sounds like a graveyard jam night with the biggest amp stack available and Bludy’s side — one epic track — is a slog through a psychedelic swamp. Tasty! Anyway, just ahead of this massive split we offered up our set of Profile questions to Dayglo Mourning’s guitarist and vocalist Joe Mills so head below to see what he had to say and visit those links to snag your own copy.

Dayglo Mourning : Bludy Gyres - Rope Enough For Two

How did you first get into playing music, and have you achieved the level of success that you hoped for?

When I was 6 years old I saw KISS perform on TV.  I knew instantly that’s what I wanted to do.  After watching me air guitar for several months my parents decided to order me a real one from the Sears Roebuck catalog. Years later I chose to put my music goals on hold to raise a family. That being accomplished, I now have found my way back to creating and performing in a way that I thought had passed me by. Having the opportunity to record and perform at this point of my life is the fruition of a lifetime love of music.  

What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, and praised? (If you don’t have a story, please tell us any funny/embarrassing story.)

When I was in high school I wanted my band to perform in a talent show. The director, who obviously wasn’t into what we wanted to play (Quiet Riot – Mental Health), said she would only put us on the show if I would also dance to Michael Jackson’s Billy Jean…which I nailed.

What do you see as some of the great things happening in metal and what are some of the worst things happening inside the scene right now?

I love that Metal is constantly evolving and diverging into new styles or genres.  There are so many creative artists out there that every week I hear something new that makes me go “Damn that’s good.” The tough part is seeing how many of these great musicians struggle to make a profitable tour and get their music out.

It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc .) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music?

A lot of my music lies in the fantasy realm, but here and there I will interject my disdain for the effects that secular religion has played in our lives individually and in government policy.

What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?

I suppose I’ve been metal as long as I’ve been into music. There is a liberating feeling I get from it that has always been a part of me. My poor mother is still appalled by it though….hahaha.

What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there? How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician?

I would hope that the music is evaluated on its own merit without trying to label or apply some other standard to it. Learn to accept and appreciate what the artist is expressing at that particular moment.

What’s your goal? You guys thinking world domination? Maybe saving a continent? Maybe invading one? Any interest in starting a cult? Do you guys have day jobs or hobbies you want to share? Whatever it is, please let us know.

Honestly this just started out with a desire to write music and get a chance to play a show here and there. A year later and we have acquired the backing of a label to put out our songs, all while getting the opportunity to play with some great local and touring bands in the best metal venues in Atlanta. Who knows where things go from here but we’re enjoying the ride.

When you’re not obsessing over your own material, what are some of your favorite albums to listen to currently? (Feel free to include non-metal)

Definitely everything: Conan, Monolord, Electric Wizard and SLEEP…but I also really love stuff like Destroyer of Light – Chamber of Horrors, Monte Luna – Monte Luna, Djinn and Miskatonic – Even Gods Must Die. So many good bands out there, this could go on and on….

What is the 12-month outlook for you or your band? Any specific events on the horizon that the masses should be aware of?

We’d definitely like to get back in the studio and lay down some of the new material. Maybe get in some festivals or shows in some new towns. Atlanta’s Slaughter Que 2019 is a goal for sure.

Summarize your band in exactly one word. (Disclosure: If you include additional words, we will select our favorite for the final publication.)


Many thanks to Joe and Dayglo Mourning for their time!

Rope Enough For Two will be available December 7 on Black Doomba Records. For more information on Dayglo Mourning, visit their Facebook page.

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