Single review: Day of Days – Polaroid

Day of Days, Perthshire’s firebrand alt-rockers, are gearing up for next month’s tour ahead of the October 15 release of ‘Polaroid’. The single is the second to come off debut album Indecency of the Few, earlier this month nominated for Rock Record of the Year by the Scottish New Music Awards.

 

Released with live favourite ‘Snakes and Ladders’ as a B-side, ‘Polaroid’ opens with feedback and distortion and feeds into a churning drumbeat, followed by singer Paul Petrie’s distinctive vocals. The lyrics are the same edgy, often paranoid hall of mirrors featured on much of the album, giving each song a certain pulsing quality. “On a mission no compromise, blank face and DayGlo eyes” is soon followed by the querulous refrain of “are you alive? Are you alive?”

‘Polaroid’ separates itself from some of the album’s gloomier portions, however, with an anthemic rhythm and Deftones-style guitars. Indeed, some of the guitar playing – trenchant, staccato – reminded me of that band’s Adrenaline album. ‘Polaroid’ showcases massive energy and a penchant for a loud/heavy dichotomy that sees them splitting genres – not metal, not quite electro-rock, but straddling a cluster of styles.

Toward the end the track mutates into a wrack of confessional post-rock questions and declarations (“we’re chasing it all of the time”, “would hindsight change your mind?”) and a solo wove deep in the mix accompanies Petrie’s vocals. Can’t wait to hear this one live when the band hit Glasgow on the 28th of next month (ABC2).

B-side ‘Snakes and Ladders’ has a distinctly electro feel, though the melting pot is always bubbling, and the guitars are positively Muse-like – think Supermassive Black Hole and you’re not far away. A live favourite, it has been tweaked and remixed in the studio without diluting its energy or toxicity. Enjoy.

Words: Ronnie McCluskey

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