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Subb: Daylight SavingDaylight Saving (2002)
Union Label Group

Reviewer Rating: 2


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Subb's "Daylight Saving" frustrates me. As a ska-punk band, Subb is quite fun and has a really good grasp on making the various mechanics of the genre mesh in interesting ways. Songs like "It's Alright," "Out Of The Line" and "Take Your Time" are great mixes of melodic punk with skittering guita.
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Subb's "Daylight Saving" frustrates me.

As a ska-punk band, Subb is quite fun and has a really good grasp on making the various mechanics of the genre mesh in interesting ways. Songs like "It's Alright," "Out Of The Line" and "Take Your Time" are great mixes of melodic punk with skittering guitars and just the right amount of attitude. They come off sounding like early Goldfinger at times but have more or less shed the stigmatism of being "Sublime-clones."

As a pop-punk band Subb has written a few really strong songs. The first two tracks, "Daylight Saving" and "Home Is Where The Heart Aches" are good driving power-pop with a heavy rock backbone. It reminds me of Less Than Jake's "Borders and Boundaries" material that was poppy without sacrificing any strength. When they flex this muscle, Subb has a way with writing really powerful choruses that immensely improve on some of their weaker songs.

Standouts aside, the rest of the album is unfortunately unmemorable pop punk. There isn't anything that makes this material stand apart from any of the legions of New Found Glory-esque bands out there. Not that it isn't catchy or well played, it's just painfully generic. The single "Twenty One" falls into this category for me and it bewilders me why it was chosen as the standout track. Furthermore, as I sat listening to the song "Westside" my teenage brother walked into the room and said "Wow… this song sounds almost exactly like Mest's What's The Dillio." It does. Eep.

"Daylight Saving" is a collection of songs that are individually pretty strong but together come off as wholly unsatisfying. It seems like the band is stuck between two genres, they can play each well but have a hard time amalgamating the two. This is a transitional album, there may be a great record from these guys in the future but they're not quite there yet.

 

 
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skater-in-space (April 4, 2003)

I don't care what anyone says, Subb is the best damn band on earth. They do not sound even remotely close to Sublime, maybe they have a tiny bit of reggae in their musci but so what? Their music is so amazing and fun to listen to. They are great at shows and all of their CD's rock! Subb are my favourite band and they are the kings of punk.

Anonymous (January 8, 2003)

They should die.

adam (December 2, 2002)

The Ontarion music reviews are hilarous. Someone reviewed the new Greg MacPherson record by basically copying out the press release and submitting it. I've thought about submitting a few of my own but never got around to it.

adam

Anonymous (November 25, 2002)

"Subb want to be Sublime so bad its embarrassing"
I read this in a University of Guelph campus newspaper review. Few statements ring more true than this. Goddammit, I haven't seen these guys in about a year so maybe they're better now That singer is a fucking tool.

Anonymous (November 25, 2002)

s-u-b-b blow nuff said

Anonymous (November 25, 2002)

Subb was fuc*ing good at the warped tour

Anonymous (November 25, 2002)

Their old material is 100 times better. This cd blows ass.

Anonymous (November 24, 2002)

Subb's singer is a fuckin poser

Anonymous (November 23, 2002)

I thought Subb's album would be good after hearing "Daylight Savings". Too bad.

Ramo

vmac (November 22, 2002)

I remember when I used to go see their shows all the time betwen 97 and 99, they were a cool punk-ska band, now they turned more pop since a couple of year and I hate their new sound. This cd is horrible.

Anonymous (November 22, 2002)

Very good band and very good cd. SUBB rock. They give very good shows.

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