Arson Daily is a band from Boone, NC consisting of Zach Dunham (vocals/guitar), Quincy Platt (bass) and Adam McLean (drums). They recently released an EP entitled What's On Your Mind?. They are a rock band with a blend of classic and contemporary influences to my ear. You can hear elements of garage rock from the ’70's and instances where I was reminded of bands like The Killers.
Dunham is a solid singer and unequivocally sounds young. That was the first thing that came to mind when I was listening to the catch tune “Tell Me.” I had to look at pictures to get an estimate of how old he was. He voice fits the music kind of like how Phil Elverum does for his.
They open with “Tell Me” which is fun, catchy and pretty standard garage rock/pop. I was impressed by the tight songwriting and delivery. Dunham sings, “Tell me what's on your mind. Tell me - are we weathered and dry? I'm looking for my second wind but there ain't nothing but a sigh.”
Up next is “Train” which is a straightforward track and has hints of grunge. The main riff on the chorus definitely has a tinge of Nirvana. Although I would say the second half of the song fell more in line with Ty Segall style garage. It’s a good mix of like-minded styles coming together.
“Dead In My Tracks” might be the highlight. I really enjoyed the way the vocals and guitar worked together especially during the verse. The lyrics revolve around being on the run in some way. I found them interesting. Dunham sings, “There are posters with my name. There's a price upon my head. I never thought I'd earn the fame or all my friends would want me dead.” Don’t miss the guitar solo towards the end of the song.
The band has more success with “Smooth Sailing” and closes with “Last Call” which was a breakup song with a good amount of attitude.
Arson Daily took a little while for me to warm up to. It wasn't because their music was foreign but the exact opposite. I think it fair to say this style of garage rock is in high demand and a lot of bands have a similar sound. On that note there aren't that many that can pull it off this well.
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