Twelve Hour Day is an American alternative rock/pop-punk band from the suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota that formed in the spring of 2017. The trio consists of childhood friends Aidan James (guitar/vocals) Zane Wagner (bass) and Jake Bringgold (drums). They are a young band and the topics felt like things I thought about while in my 20’s which include things like finding out what you want to so with your life, breaking up and the heartache that comes with it, etc.
I really liked the textures, tones and aesthetics on this album. The band kind of got this early 90’s grunge distortion thing going on. It’s a little more dirty and raw than straight pop punk. I think early Green Day and even Nirvana might be a good comparison to the type of distortion they were using.
The band get going with “Paper Planes”. It's a no frills catchy tune that grabbed my attention. That song has a lot of energy and there are breakdowns, builds and memorable melodies. It's trim, concise and has no extra fat.
They continue to have success with “Anchors” which under two minutes. I loved the vocals here. James kills it on the chorus and really finds range. It's another song that doesn't overstay it's welcome and gets done what's needed.
“Living Waste” was the first song that felt very 90’s to me. This song had a Green Day kind of vibe when it came to the chord progressions and overall intensity. “Divide” definitely has a number of wicked grooves. This song at points felt like hard rock or even metal for a couple of brief moments. I liked the fact that the band had no problem flirting into different areas.
They have more success with “Hanging on to Yesterday” which revisits an old relationship while “Minneapolis Kids” goes back in fun and fast punk with some engaging twists and turns. The close strong with “Some People”, “Angry Faces” and “We're All Actors”.
I was a teenager in the 90’s and remember when this style of music was at its peak. I’m glad bands like this are keeping the spirit alive. Recommended.
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