SHORT DAYS: Self-titled: Cassette

I love hardcore as much as the next guy, but what I love more is when hardcore bands abandon convention and let their songs breathe a little bit. Short Days, a French band, bashes away with the best of ‘em, but really hit their stride when they abandon the genre conventions of a snare hit and a guitar chug sixteen times a second and let their music breathe a little, as on “Hallelujah Acres” and “I’m Boring (Again).” It’s on these songs that the singer’s vocals really shine, hitting the same gruff-but-melodic points as Kevin Seconds, say, or the singer from Slap Of Reality (remember them?). 

 –Michael T. Fournier (Passion On Plastic)