DAY CAMP: Self-titled: CD

May 21, 2014

This four-piece from Cincinnati is like a super group of all the good things going on with indie and punk in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s. Their self-released and self-titled EP starts off with soft and airy male vocals over a strong and melodic rock guitar leads, sprinkled with sharp but brief guitar solos. Day Camp’s rhythm section is what’s really making this band for me. Bass lines are muffled and slightly buried under the guitar, yet pop at just the right times. They meld in well with the dancey and somewhat frantic drums which are very much in tune with the rhythm guitar. “Five Year Plan” is about apathy and settling with lyrics like “My five year plan / is mostly just to be alive / and maybe happy.” It’s probably the weakest and most boring song on the record, though there is a guitar part where it sounds like a clock ticking, which is a little interesting. A heavy Pixies influence comes through on the song “Seatbelts,” and the last track, “The Fridge Gets It in the End,” harkens to an early Sonic Youth sound. I only wish their singer would strengthen his voice more instead of the hollow, breathy thing he’s going for. It works well in the last song, but after an entire album of someone whispering songs in my ears, it doesn’t have as much effect as it should. Maybe focus more on the Jawbreaker / Leatherface styling than Bright Eyes / Elliot Smith because the current vocals just sound wimpy. Musically and lyrically, this band is super solid though. 

 –Kayla Greet (Self-released,