By Graham Chalmers
Day Old Hate: Distances (EP)
It’s fair to say I am no expert or lover of the musical genre known as “melodic hardcore” but I’m not so dumb that I can’t tell something good when I hear it.
Local fans of Sheffield-based five-piece Day Old Hate will know what’s coming on the band’s debut EP, having seen them live at Harrogate’s Bottom of the Bottle night earlier in the year.
At times this four-track collection sounds like a fiery mix of Alexisonfire and Don Broco, no surprise as Day Old Hate are produced and mixed by Dan Lancaster who previously worked for Don Broco.
Whiny, howling vocals, slashing chords, stinging lead guitar lines, thudding drums, Day Old Hate are not ones for half measures.
A blaze of intense energy married to melodic hooklines and thoughtful, emotional lyrics, to these ears the EP sounds like an exercise in repeating the same song over and over again until the result is absolutely perfect.
Consequently, the further the EP progresses, the more impressed I am by the blistering musical talents of mssrs Oliver Swift (vocals), Ben Fletcher (guitar), Will Smith (guitar), Josh Flynn (bass) and Ed Dennis (drums),
By the final dying guitar echo, I can say with the conviction of a man who might have been born in the very flames of “melodic hardcore” that Day Old Hate are one hot outfit and I genuinely like two of the tracks (that’s numbers three and four – Now Or Never and Don’t Turn Your Back).
l Distances is available now on iTunes.
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