It’s always fun to pursue a passion with a friend – most of us are lucky to find one person with a similar vision to us. Day For Night, a three-piece punk/rock/pop/rockabilly band from Los Angeles, has managed to get three people with a shared goal together to create their self-titled album. Day For Night is sometimes raucous and fast-paced, sometimes quiet and beautiful, and all together well played and arranged.
“F T I” starts with a little taste of punk, but has a lot of radio rock elements. The vocals are strong and solid, supported by an interesting guitar melody and steady drums to keep the beat going. The guitar part is at the center of focus here, and for good reason. The drummer and bassist exert more influence over “Mainframe.” I really liked how the song broke from the normal rhythm to give a different yet evolved sound and then went back to the original beat.
“Strange Days” switches between heavy and light, high pop and deep rock, to provide a song that is just enough of everything to sound fresh and fantastic. The guitar solo was very well written, and I love the high notes the vocalist hit. “Complicated” is a pretty, meandering song. This song shows that even their slow songs are full of energy with remarkable depth.
The chants in “Come On” are very reminiscent of “Uprising” by Muse, but the underlying music is quite different and sounds much more like the band’s tone – due, in large part, to the creative work of the guitarist. The song ends with the percussion and bass, where it’s much easier to realize the contribution those two parts made to the song overall.
“Stupid” grabs your interest quickly with an infectious opening riff. Halfway through it melts into a very emotional yet clear instrumental piece, where the instruments are allowed to really take charge of their parts more than before.
I had fun listening to this album; the punk elements blended well with the rock, and the smooth vocals did a fine job of tying everything together. Though one or two of the songs seemed a bit too similar to another song on the album, for the most part, the songs sounded distinct from one another and did a fine job of switching the mood here and there to keep things interesting. For fans of punk rock with a little touch or radio sensitivity, give this album a spin.
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