One Day Wonder was created in 2019 by Justin (guitar/vocals) and Jeremy (drums/vocals) in Orangeville, Ontario. The band recently released Songs from the Dungeon. They say, “The songs are aggressive and lyrically it speaks for itself. This music is an ode to not giving up on yourself and continuing to move forward with life. The depressing reality of being trapped in a metaphorical dungeon requires some energy and fight. No time to sit back and sleep life away.”
The songs are very bare bones and the production sounds like a lo-fi recording. Suffice it to say the vocals are dynamic. There are times when the vocals sound like someone singing naturally and other times where the affectation is so exaggerated it sounds comical and sort of like a fictitious character or archetype.
“Sinners and Saints” is the first song in the batch. The music revolves around a 4/4 drum beat and mostly distorted power chords. For a little less than a minute he sings somewhat “normally” and then quickly goes into a variation of the demon-like voice you hear in metal. After that there are a lot of high pitched shrieks along with vocals that have some affectation of aggression.
Up next is “Better Late Than Never” which is a fast song and again revolving mostly with power chords and fast drum beats. The instrumental parts were impressive and intense. It was sometimes hard to really concentrate on the music since the vocals are delivered with such varied emotion that it took a lot of my attention. That being said there are times where they let the drums and guitar breathe which I thought were well done.
At first things get even faster on “Internal Dialogue” but they change tempo a number of times. “Blur The Lines” was the highlight to my ears. The vocals at times sounded very different and were a lot easier on my ears in a lot of ways. It’s also pretty catchy. They close with “Late Bloomer” which has solid drone metal and is a good way to close.
A couple of things about this music reminded me of what I was doing about twenty years ago. I just graduated from college and my friend and I would jam in my mom’s basement and we would make these lo-fi recordings that sounded similar to this although the vocals didn’t have the constant change in affectation.
As an engineer I think some of their next moves should be thinking about teaming up with an engineer who can assist with the recording and get something that really plays into their sound. The music was intense to say the least and certainly the most varied vocal approach I have heard in recent memory.
Overall, this band packs a punch and is not for the faint of heart. They seem like a young band so I’m excited to hear where they go from here.
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