Recently Oliver Swift, vocalist of UK alternative rock band Day Old Hate said of their new release, “We wanted to write better songs then we ever had before,” going on to add that “Making brave decisions and pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone was a must; it was an intense experience – we pushed ourselves to write the best Rock record we could. Overall, it feels like a more authentic representation of Day Old Hate than anything that’s come before.” It is fair to say that First Light more than backs up his words and the band’s intent with its quintet of rousing and dramatically dynamic songs. The EP simply hits the spot, fulfilling the band’s early potential whilst still suggesting there is plenty more to come and be discovered ahead.
Formed in 2012, the Leeds band made their first attention grabbing proposal with the Distances EP a year later. Recorded with Dan Lancaster (Don Broco, Lower Than Atlantis, Mallory Knox), the encounter was a well-received introduction backed by their potent live presence and subsequently the Dan Mizen (Twin Atlantic, Bring Me The Horizon) recorded single Tides in 2014. Last year saw Day Old Hate release the video to Tides and be premiered as BBC Introducing’s track of the week in the February before going on their first UK headlining tour in April and releasing second video for the single Living Without You, again to strong support. It is easy to sense though that things are going to get far busier for the band with the release of First Light which they recorded late last year with Romesh Dodangoda (Kids in Glass Houses, Funeral For A Friend, Motorhead); it an impressive declaration of a band growing fully into their sound and breaking open the imagination to new adventure and creative exploits.
First Light hits ears with its title track first, enveloping them in a rich spicy guitar coaxing before pungent rhythms and attitude loaded riffs join the affair. It is a potent invitation which only blossoms further as the song relaxes into a muscular stroll graced by the quickly impressing tones of Swift and prowled by the deliciously dark, almost predatory bass line of Josh Flynn. With rapier like strikes from drummer Ed Dennis, there is no escaping the imposing nature of the song yet its forcefulness is tempered perfectly by the melodic and fiery enterprise of guitarists Ben Fletcher and Will Smith, from riffs to hooks and incisive grooves, their imagination as dynamic as rhythms are commanding and vocals highly persuasive.
There is a touch of Mallory Knox to the band’s sound in certainly the opener filtering through the EP and for less obvious reasons a Jimmy Eat World essence but Day Old Hate only allow them to flavour something which though maybe not boldly unique is certainly distinctly theirs, more evidence coming swiftly in second track Secrets. There is a less aggressive nature to the song than in its predecessor but it still provides a mighty punch on the senses and an inflamed roar on ears potently led by the strong vocal strains of Swift. The tapestry of sound and ideation is again unpredictable and skilfully woven whilst providing an easily accessible and boisterous proposal easy to get involved in, just as the following contagious canter that is Fifteen where jabbing hooks and spicy melodies collude in an addictive lure as the vocals add emotive tenacity. The relatively reserved beginning subsequently erupts into a virulently charged bellow before returning to start the brewing success all over again resulting in a thumping anthem of energy and captivation which almost alone makes First Light a must look at.
Minutes, Hours, Days dances on ears next with its driving riffs and eager revelry, coaxing the listener into another healthy involvement before Don’t Chase Me closes the EP with arguably its catchiest offering, though all qualify in some way. With mellow reflections around infectious strolls, the song is a magnetic slice of pop rock easy to see netting a fresh catch of new eager ears on its own.
Day Old Hate has grown as a band, founding new depths in all areas which only command attention as evidenced by First Light. As suggested it feels like the tap has only just been turned on though with the potential of even bolder and richer adventures to come as the band builds on the suspected big success of their latest heftily enjoyable encounter.
First Light is released worldwide on Feb 12th across most online stores.
Upcoming Day Old Hate live dates:
19/02/16 – Black Heart, Camden
20/02/16- The Key Club, Leeds
Pete RingMaster 11/02/2016
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