From LA Times Orange County edition, May 23, 1986:
For a group whose debut record is scheduled to hit the stores next Friday, the three members of Children's Day sounded remarkably down-to-earth during an interview earlier this week.
Discussing the trio's six-song mini-LP on Vodka Records, entitled "A Message to Pretty," lead singer and guitarist Russell Scott said: "It's not a be-all and end-all. It's just our first record. It's like pictures at the high school prom--there are mistakes, but there are also good things about it."
Scott, drummer Pat Young and bassist Ron Russell will celebrate the release of the record, which was recorded almost a year ago, with a performance Saturday at Safari Sam's in Huntington Beach.
But instead of being the first in a series of shows promoting the record, it will be the band's last local performance for a few months. They'll be going back into the studio for preliminary work on their next record, which they hope to release by the end of the year, and then will head to San Francisco for their first tour outside Southern California.
Children's Day evolved out of Young's and Russell's previous band, Saint Vitus Dance, which dissolved in 1984 when one member moved out of the area. But even before Saint Vitus Dance broke up, Russell, Scott and Young frequently rehearsed together, and "we had a feeling we'd eventually end up in the same place," said Young, who was seated on a couch with Russell and Scott in Russell's apartment in Orange.
Although Children's Day started out as a rather ordinary entry in Southern California's psychedelic revival movement, the group has since developed a more powerful, focused style that is evident on the new record.
Even as a threesome, Children's Day works up sufficient muscle in "Bad Train Ride" to elicit comparisons with the Clash, circa 1980. The musicians' fascination with late '60s Los Angeles bands--including the Doors and Love--as well as with post-punk rock groups such as R.E.M. can be felt in the moody yet propulsive "Hanging Tree."
"We feel that variety is one of our strong suits," Scott said. "The styles and the moods change a lot, but the feeling is still there. There's a very strong feeling of sentiment put out in all our music. That's why I wanted to play music because it touched me when I was growing up. I really identified with certain artists and certain records, and those are the ones that are still in my record box."