Enschede and Utrecht based art-punk band The Daydream Fit soak up melancholy and churn it into beautiful and constructive music. Their new record s/t embodies this very process, combining must-have catchy hooks with an abundance of anxiety, self-consciousness, and that something special. Add in a little combination of a Rock and Roll royalty along the way, and The Daydream Fit are on cloud nine. But are nightmares around the corner?
We meet The Daydream Fit at a rather sad time. The band tell us their latest EP s/t will be their last. At least for now anyway. "To be honest, we’re done, for now. We still have plenty of things going on though, and perhaps we will get back to it in the future. Who knows." They leave us with some hope, at least.
Given the band's circumstances s/t is a surprisingly well-rounded effort. At its best the record tickles towards the talents of bands such as Ought or even Eagulls. But they have the ability to turn on the funny, the upbeat, sensitivity and oddness. It's all underpinned by this liberating sensation of getting something off your chest. A powerful way to express oneself, and perhaps even more telling given the context of Day Dreamers' sudden desire to call it quits.
The record starts in the groovy territory of the Stone Roses-esque Trapped Inside, when the bass suddenly switches direction to 90's Rock & Roll Punk, rather than continuing the Madchester groove. It keeps us on our toes and ready for Stick To Yr Lies, which features more angular bass guitar, dance beats, and more serious shout-along hooks. Here the echo-drenched vocal counter-melody offers maximum catchiness. Lisa Rowe is probably the best example of The Daydream Fit's style, which embraces the 90's Rock revival at its best. Play the "who's this band" game on Lisa Rowe, and you could name 50 bands before getting it right, though.
"After a night of hanging out I told Lee Ranaldo we were working on a song and that his voice would be great on it...then he just said “let’s do it!”"
The theme continues throughout the record, where the plucky track Camera Awareness gives off inbetweeners vibes of the The Cribs and Guided By Voices. "A concept of emptiness", they sing softly, before Wait Here confirms the vibe. It must be said that the final two tracks somewhat lack power and coherence. But thankfully this can be forgiven, as New York City Tonight is a truly memorable, great finale. The denouement is clear, "I don’t think Lee necessarily added a level of Sonic Youth to the song but there is no getting away with it that he was actually in Sonic Youth and that his voice was on so many of their records, so you’ll always hear some of that going on".