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Daylight: The Difference In Good and Bad Dreams [7-inch]The Difference In Good and Bad Dreams [7-inch] (2012)
Run For Cover Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Contributed by: SloaneDaleySloaneDaley
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Lately there seems to be a trend of openness towards '90s mainstream music in the underground. You have Candy Hearts and Broadcaster obviously paying homage to bands like the Lemonheads; and Brand New and Blacklisted including heavy nods to grunge; and Balance and Composure repping for Our Lady Peac.
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Lately there seems to be a trend of openness towards '90s mainstream music in the underground. You have Candy Hearts and Broadcaster obviously paying homage to bands like the Lemonheads; and Brand New and Blacklisted including heavy nods to grunge; and Balance and Composure repping for Our Lady Peace and their ilk. Personally, I'm holding out for some Kriss Kross references to start hoping up. The Difference In Good And Bad Dreams finds Doylestown, Pa.'s Daylight adding some '90s grunge/alternative to their earnest post-hardcore for something a little different than we're used to from them.

The first two tracks, "One The Way To Dads" and "Hungry At A Funeral," aren't that dissimilar to the band's previous work but there is more refinement to the songwriting and production. There is a lot more integration between clean and gruff singing and a loud/soft dynamic within the songs rather than from song to song. There is something about these two songs that reminds me of another post-hardcore band, Blue Skies At War, who had a lot of Grade influence in their music. Still, progress doesn't mean perfection, as the songwriting seems more mature but isn't as immediately striking as it was on Dispirit.

While "Hungry At A Funeral" has slight overtones of that '90s rock I was talking about, the real nostalgia trip is "Damp." It is pure custodian-moping-the-floor-and-dancing-core, my friends, angsty and mid-tempo. There is some riffing that is unmistakeably modern post-hardcore in execution, so listening to it won't get you stuck in a weird time warp where waking up for Saturday morning cartoons was worth it.

Run For Cover continue to be the Death Row Records of contemporary post-hardcore with Daylight's The Difference In Good And Bad Dreams, except for the violence and g-funk. While it isn't quite as strong an offering as Dispirit was, Difference shows that Daylight continue to grow as songwriters and I feel that while this is far from a happy album, they are relying less on their super depressing lyrics. This probably has more depth to it than anything the band has released and once in your rotation will probably be there for a while.

 

 
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mahalfy (June 2, 2012)

@preston RIGHT!

danperrone (January 16, 2012)

b&c reminds me more of puddle of mudd or seether. in that they play crappy alt-rock.

gugl0003 (January 15, 2012)

I agree with the reviewer. I found Dispirit to be promising, but a little bit sloppy at points. This EP is a lot more refined, but it also lacks the urgency of their earlier stuff. Still, I think the band has a lot of potential, and I'm glad they aren't writing super depressing lyrics anymore.

Blackjaw_ (January 14, 2012)

Our Lady Peace was good...

inagreendase (January 14, 2012)

@Sloane

B&C had a recent AP article where they more or less spell out their 10 most influential albums. "Post-grunge lite" seems like it would be a low priority in their personal rotations.

SDRE's 'The Rising Tide'
mewithoutYou's '[A→B] Life'
Bon Iver's 'For Emma, Forever Ago'
Neutral Milk Hotel's 'In the Aeroplane Over the Sea'
Alkaline Trio's 'Goddamnit'
Smashing Pumpkins' 'Siamese Dream'
Nirvana's 'In Utero'
Built to Spill's 'Keep It Like a Secret'
Saves the Day's 'Stay What You Are'
Interpol's 'Turn on the Bright Lights'

SloaneDaley (January 13, 2012)

I think Balance & Composure sound like they enjoy Sunny Day Real Estate and major label grunge lite/post-grunge like OLP. Not a knock in an of itself.

overdefined (January 13, 2012)

Brian and Composure

preston (January 13, 2012)

Decent. When the hell are these guys going to come out with an actual full-length?

inagreendase (January 13, 2012)

Nailed it.

The custodian might be moping on the floor, but is definitely mopping.

Little rough putting Balance and Composure on Our Lady Peace's level.

renaldo69 (January 13, 2012)

this was decent enough for me. liked it. wanted more at the end

danperrone (January 13, 2012)

didn't like this nearly as much as their other two releases.

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