Live review: Day of Days at ABC2, 28/10/11

Perthshire quartet Day of Days hit the city storming through a mixture of songs from their album, Indecency of the Few, plus a few newly-penned tracks.


The aforementioned album was nominated in the Rock Record of the Year category at the Scottish New Music Awards.

Before a decidedly laidback to the point of stand-offish crowd, Day of Days kick off proceedings with new single ‘Polaroid’.

Reviewed here last month, ‘Polaroid’ seems the perfect opening gambit, lassoing the interest of spectators who might have previously been unaware of the band’s work.

Sounding more muscular than its album version, ‘Polaroid’ begins on rumbling drums and singer Paul Petrie soon enters the fray, howling into his mic some particular apt lyrics, not least of all the beautiful refrain of, “are you alive?”

The crowd, in their defence, are rapt, ledge-jawed, and Petrie in particular possesses the kind of stage presence – and voice – to ensure optimal chemistry between band and crowd.

‘Polaroid’s feverish, bass-heavy parts satisfy the rockers in the audience, while the slow interlude of “we’re chasing it all of the time’”shows a more temperate side to the group’s musical mien.

Next up is ‘We Dream’, a stirring, poignant number, this haunting rendition gets perhaps the loudest cheer of the night.

Petrie, glued to his microphone, holds the stage statuesque, and the line “moonlight shimmers and the stars dance on the sea” holds particular resonance under the dimmed lights.

Then, Petrie and co change tack by playing an unnamed new track, and look to be loosening up in the same manner as the crowd.

Both the unnamed track and the subsequent newbie, ‘Three’, showcase an upbeat sound twinned with the band’s typically introspective lyrics.

The latter, strikes some emotional chords, the refrain of “wanted to be someone else before you arrived” sounding especially anthemic.

As the lights overhead begin strobing manically, a Steven Graham-a-like punter, clearly sheets to the wind, began body-popping and Funky Roboting on the dance floor au solo.

Hilarious, yes, but you want to join him.

Strange given Day of Days’ brooding sound, but their crunching guitars and boundless energy make you want to dance.

Fast-paced, frenetic and utterly captivating, this is a young band at their best.

Whether the crowd are moshing or not isn’t relevant, Day of Days had them enraptured for the night.

Words: Ronnie McCluskey


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