Review Summary: Daggermouth blends together pop punk, hardcore, and straight fun to make an album that is fast paced, catchy, and entertaining at the same time.
You know that type of music that when you’re driving in your car it makes you say “Let’s have a party”? Well that’s what you get whenever you listen to Daggermouth. They have found the right chemistry to make heartfelt music so enjoyable that you won’t have a choice but to shut up and turn your volume knob all the way to the right. Between the apologetic Frisky Business
, to the story of a bad father figure Too Late, No Friends
, all the way to their hardcore beliefs You Do This as a Fad, We Do This as a Lifestyle
. Daggermouth has something for everyone, but at the same time makes it all the more fun with fast paced frenzied pop punk playing over the meaningful lyrics.
As you could have guessed. The album starts off with a bang. Distorted power chords shatter the best of speakers, as both the rhythm and lead guitars shred your face off. Nick Leadlay’s unique vocals make the songs so much more enjoyable. While the bass is not as in your face as it was in their debut album, “Stallone,” it is still noticeably there, and helps the drums keep steady beat and rhythm that will keep your head nodding like no other. Soon after getting into this album, you will find yourself playing air drums, shredding your invisible guitar, and singing along to the catchiest of gang vocals.
“Turf Wars” is not just another generic pop punk album, it has a lot more prominent hardcore influences that most other bands. No I’m not talking about breakdowns, I’m talking about fast paced percussion, extremely distorted guitars, and gang vocals that will knock you off your feet. The chant of “In friends we trust!” in the song You Do This as a Fad…
will have you and all your friends screaming while you’re cruising in your station wagon. A song that adds variety and is a nice change of pace is Frisky Business
which is a much more simple and less “chaotic” song that has you singing along from the start to the finish. Heartfelt lyrics warm up the song and you might just shed a tear:
“So let's let by gones be
And no matter what happens I know you'll love me
And that's all I need
So I'm passing this along
To tell you I'm sorry for everything I've done
Maybe some day I might be able to tell you this
Without having to hide it in the lyrics of a song”
Overall, this a great release by an up and coming band, that is destined for fame, with their catchy tunes and it’s humorous atmosphere. Everyone can relate to the lyrics, and even if you are tone deaf, you will find yourself humming and singing along to this album more than you may think.