VIII Days Clean is a heavy rock band on a mission. The members were once homeless, drug-addicted alcoholics. For the past five years, the Tacoma, Washington based band have been playing the local music scene, releasing three albums and building a rab … show more
VIII Days Clean is a heavy rock band on a mission. The members were once homeless, drug-addicted alcoholics. For the past five years, the Tacoma, Washington based band have been playing the local music scene, releasing three albums and building a rabid fan base, all while staying clean and sober. Together the band - vocalist/guitarist Ron Walvatne, drummer Jeff Welch and bassist Billy Stambaugh - boast more than 19 years of sobriety. The band draws musical influences from a tradition of Northwest rockers including Alice in Chains, Soundgarden. Other influences include NIN, Marilyn Manson and Danzig.
They have recently been noticed here in the Pacific Northwest, from placing 4th in the Best of Western Washington contest last fall to most recently earning a nomination for a Prism Award for their video “Open Up”. That song also gained attention on Seattle radio station KISW 99.9 FM where it was retired after reeling off a string of victories in the rock station’s 9 O’clock Cockfight - which features listeners calling in to vote on their favorite song.
But the mission they are on is to entertain the recovery community and more. They do that every time they take the stage…as well as offer inspiration to others in recovery: They are living their dream…and so can any and everyone!
Their theory? Just because a person’s clean and sober doesn’t mean they don’t want to ROCK. “If you’re up there playing lame ass music, people would not come back to see shows,” Welch says. “We’re not singing about a 12-step plan of action, we’re living a 12-step plan of action and singing about what it was like before that plan of action,” says Walvatne. “I guess the one message we want to spread is that everybody can achieve their dreams and have fun without drugs and alcohol,” adds Walvatne. “They don’t have to get f**ked up to do it.”
Currently, VIII DAYS CLEAN is available on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, Ebay and by special order in record stores world wide.
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