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My Darkest Days
Lead singer Matt Walst, August 2009
Background information
Origin Norwood, Ontario, Canada
Genres Post-grunge
Hard rock
Years active 2005—present
Labels Island Def Jam
Associated acts Three Days Grace
Thousand Foot Krutch
Matt Walst (vocals)
Sal Costa (guitar)
Brendan McMillan (bass)
Doug Oliver (drums)
Reid Henry (keyboard) (Live)
Former members
Paulo Neta (guitar)

My Darkest Days is a Canadian post-grunge band based in Toronto, consisting of lead singer Matt Walst, Doug Oliver, Brendan McMillan, and Sal Coz Costa.[1] They were discovered by Chad Kroeger of Nickelback, who signed them up for his production company, 604 Records.[2]

In June 2010, the band went on tour with Sick Puppies, Janus, and It's Alive,[3] and shot a video in Las Vegas to support their first single, "Porn Star Dancing," released on June 21.[4] On August 4 the video was 67th on the iTunes list of 100 most-downloaded videos worldwide, and the single was its fourth most downloaded rock song in Canada.[5] Kroeger appears in the "Porn Star Dancing" video, as does American rapper Ludacris and guitarist Zakk Wylde.[1]



The band was founded by Walst, who was born in Norwood, Ontario, and whose older brother Brad Walst is the bassist for Three Days Grace. Instead of playing in his brother's band, Matt decided to form one of his own with his friends Brendan McMillan on bass guitar and Doug Oliver on drums and Paulo Neta on lead guitar. In 2009, a friend introduced him to Toronto-based singer-guitarist Sal Coz Costa, who later became the band's guitarist, replacing Paulo Neta who became the guitarist for Thornley. My Darkest Days has opened for many well known bands, including Three Days Grace, Default, Theory of a Deadman, Papa Roach and Hinder. [6]

When Chad Kroeger heard My Darkest Days, he was so impressed he immediately signed them up. The first song they wrote after signing was "Porn Star Dancing," which became their first single. Kroeger decided he wanted to be featured on it, along with a friend of his, Zakk Wylde, frontman/guitarist for Black Label Society and a former guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne. Kroeger and Wylde both appear in the video, which was filmed at the Hard Rock Las Vegas Vanity nightclub.[2] There is also a remix of the single featuring rapper Ludacris.[7] On their official Facebook page they announced their new debut self-titled album was released on September 21, 2010.




Year Album US CAN Label
2010 My Darkest Days 38 11 Mercury Records



2010 porn star dancing


  1. ^ a b Bergen, Werner. "My Darkest Days at Red Dog for two shows", The Peterborough Examiner, June 24, 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Porn Star Dancing", Island Def Jam, June 2, 2010, accessed July 9, 2010.
  3. ^ Okarmus, Matt. "Sick Puppies bring unique sound to Capital City", Montgomery Advertiser, July 8, 2010.
  4. ^ Bergen, Werner. "My Darkest Days at Red Dog for two shows", The Peterborough Examiner, June 24, 2010.
  5. ^ For the video list, see "iTunes charts", and for the song list, see "iTunes Store Top 10 Rock Songs",, accessed July 14, 2010.
  6. ^ Youseph, Ramon. "My Darkest Days—Pornstar Dancing Single Review", Rock Music,, June 23, 2010, accessed July 9, 2010.
  7. ^ Zakk Wilde Featured in My Darkest Days Video",, June 21, 2010, accessed July 9, 2010.

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