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Daylight

Daylight: Dispirit [7-inch]Dispirit [7-inch] (2010)
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Daylight is a Doylestown, Pa.-based band that plays a style of music that would fit solidly within most people's definition of Orgcore, even while sharing members of Pennsylvania hardcore bands CDC and Mother of Mercy. Taking many cues from the '90s, both in sound and presentation, Daylight plays gr.
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Daylight is a Doylestown, Pa.-based band that plays a style of music that would fit solidly within most people's definition of Orgcore, even while sharing members of Pennsylvania hardcore bands CDC and Mother of Mercy. Taking many cues from the '90s, both in sound and presentation, Daylight plays gruff post-emo, but with a very heavy dose of depression.

Musically, Daylight comes from the Hot Water Music tree of music and, in the second track "Youth No More", sounds like a depressed Polar Bear Club. There are big chords, slightly slower-than-usual tempos, angular guitar leads and just enough melodic hook in the vocals to keep it going. Overall, the band shows a pretty masterful understanding of '90s emo and post-hardcore, knowing when to be big and when to lie back like in the clean-guitar bridge of the opener, "Selfish". And speaking of the '90s, that cover art looks straight off a mid-'90s buzz bin alterna-record.

The thing that probably sticks out most about this band is how unrelentingly depressing the lyrics are. Two of the three songs are about suicide. Opener "Selfish" proclaims, "The only reason I'm alive is that I can't stand to see my mother cry...the saddest thing is it's the only thing that I want. I wonder sometimes why I don't just give up and take my life. They have no idea I'm so close to my dying day." The second song, "Youth No More" continues this with "I've lived with this ever since I was a kid. My secret's kept and I just don't want to live." The last track, "Two of a Kind" lightens up slightly by pointing the depression and anger at someone else as well: "Oh, I fucking hate myself and I hate you too and I hope you're well aware."

Overall, I want to like this record as the music is solid, but I just can't hang with this much depression and suicide talk, so this won't get too many plays from me. Other bands like Off with Their Heads wallow in depression, but seem to have a sense of fun, purpose and, ultimately, hope to it all. Daylight is crushingly negative and without hope and for me, it's just a bit too much to take.

 

 
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mikexdude (January 27, 2011)

I also can't help but think "crushingly negative... too much to take" is the highest compliment for them.

mikexdude (January 27, 2011)

I sure hope his band mates are helping him out.

victim (January 27, 2011)

I think this album was reviewed on here before and I couldn't believe no one else mentioned the lyrics, glad to see I'm not the only one

harrygovegas (January 27, 2011)

Yeah I agree, I don't think wanting to kill yourself is necessarily something to put into your lyrics, if you wanted to do it so much you wouldn't be singing about it. But the atmosphere of this E.P is so intriguing and chilling I can't help being addicted to it. So I reckon it's great, does anyone know if the Daylight/Hostage Calm UK tour is still going ahead?

beefjerkyistheshit (January 26, 2011)

agree that sinking is better. their drummer has the most ridiculous beard i've ever seen.

quickattack (January 25, 2011)

'Tis quite depressing, but still really good. This ones not as good as Sinking though.

danclemens (January 25, 2011)

I have always exactly felt this way about this band. the music is SO good but the lyrics are so over-dramatic that they're almost immature.

icapped2pac (January 25, 2011)

I listen to clips from self-empowerment videos in between songs to balance it all out. My #2 Ep/7" of last year. Ridiculously good.

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