Jarringly heavy and delicately emotional, Doylestown, Pennsylvania’s Daylight has spent the past few years honing their brooding, grooving sound across several EPs. In 2008, friends Taylor Madison (vocals/guitar), Joe Kane (bass) and Jake Clarke (vocals/guitar) began writing songs calling on 90s grunge and punk influences all while adding their own dark vibe.
After the departure of their founding drummer, the band added Zack Robbins in January of 2012 and Daylight’s lineup was complete. After releasing two EPs on Pennsylvania record labels, Daylight joined with Run For Cover Records who released The Difference In Good And Bad Dreams in January 2012. The EP definitively distinguished the band’s grungy, buzzing, desperately sad sound and placed them firmly alongside their post-hardcore contemporaries. With anticipation for their debut LP now at a near fever pitch, the Pennsylvania four-piece delivered Jar on April 30, 2013 via Run For Cover Records.
Intensely sad and cut-to-the-bone personal, the Cobain-esque vocals on Jar are delivered with such haunting sincerity, each word feels as if vocalists Taylor Madison and Jake Clarke have trouble bringing themselves to deliver it. Says Madison on the new songs, “I’ve always been a fan of alternative bands like Smashing Pumpkins and Bush because my father was always listening to those bands, and we all grew up hearing those bands on the radio. Later in life, I got really into bands like Dinosaur Jr. and Sonic Youth. I think we all really wanted to write a record that drew heavy influence from those bands that we love, but had our own feel.” Engineer/Producer Will Yip‘s (Circa Survive, Title Fight) massive production on Jar knocks you back from the very first tom hit and snarling guitar riff. The stadium drums, rubbery, pulsing bass and walls of buzzsaw guitars are reminiscent of the size and clarity of major label grunge breakthrough records like Nevermind and Siamese Dream. From hard, heavy rock grooves to soft guitar and vocal verses all the way to pop sensible choruses, Daylight have delivered a towering rock record that feels instantly timeless and blows away any and all expectations.