DAYLIGHT ROBBERY: Signal Bleed: EP

After Daylight Robbery perfected their sound on their previous LP, Accumulated Error, I wondered how this long-running Chicago band would stretch out to keep things fresh. I got this German tour EP and now I know. They went goth and pulled it off! The first two songs are slower and moodier than their usual fare, forefronting Christine’s haunting vocals, while the drums and bass churn and David’s reverby guitar slashes over everything. The B-side has two songs of their usual blend of spacious post-punk and Aussie garage rock, and they’re satisfying entries into the band’s catalog (especially “Superstition”), but the most intriguing part of this record is the strong steps they take in a new direction. –Chris Terry (daylightrobbery.bandcamp.com)