Foo Fighters, Sum 41, The Offspring, the Malcolm In The Middle theme song; this was a big part of my teenage soundtrack. Every time I hear a single chord from one of these bands/songs, it triggers an avalanche of all these wonderful memories. So, when I hear a new band similar in style to the aforementioned memory triggers, I always take an instant shine to them. Daytrader are just that, they have captured the essence of all these bands whilst adapting to today’s alternative/punk/rock scene.
Opener ‘Dead Friends’ will bring back floods of past memories of songs from the bygone year of 2003. With the palm muted riffs reminiscent of Weezer accompanied with high pitched vocals similar to that of Billy Talent‘s own Benjamin Kowalewicz, all building up to a catchy, fast paced chorus. It’s exactly the kind of song you would find on a Burnout soundtrack, or one of the early Tony Hawk Pro Skater games.
As far as the rest of the album goes, it ticks all the right boxes. You have your borderline power ballad songs (‘Fire Breather’), your fast pace driving song (‘Struggle With Me’) and your filler tracks (‘Skin And Bones’). Oh, and there’s also the inevitable soft/slow/acoustic song (‘Heard It In A Song’), which never fails to tug at the heart strings and stand out as one of the best songs on the album. It’s not a ground breaking or boundary pushing album, but I like it, quite a lot actually. It’s been a while since I have come across an album that made me feel this nostalgic. In fact, after writing this, I’m going to go listen to one of my old The Offspring albums whilst playing my Nintendo GameCube. Wooooo! Retro!
All in all, this is an excellent full-length for these Long Island rockers. It may not be the most revolutionary sound you hear this year, but this is definitely a band you should check out soon.
Written by Andrew Roberts