Daytrader
Twelve Years


3.5
great

Review

by Mary Paultese USER (35 Reviews)
May 12th, 2012 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Ah, the debut album...

Rise Records has made some surprisingly good signings in the past year or so. With bands like Cheap Girls, Hot Water Music, and now New York’s Daytrader, the label is slowly restoring its credibility that has been tainted due to an excess of generic, overproduced metalcore (Risecore) acts. Though Daytrader’s Rise Records debut displays a disappointing refinement of the band’s edgy sound, Twelve Years still bombards the listener with a barrage of catchy hooks, featuring one of the best vocal performances of 2012 thus far. Yes, the band’s punk elements have been dialed back to make way for a more direct alternative rock sound, but Daytrader still manage to pack a decent-sized punch thanks to crystal clear production on behalf of Mike Sapone (Crime in Stereo, Brand New, Taking Back Sunday).

Choruses are something Daytrader have always done well. “Kill My Compass,” for example, from their Last Days of Rome EP, could easily garner radio airtime with a bit of exposure. Such an outright use of chorus-based song structure may be considered to be “bold” within the realm of today’s punk scene, but hooks have become a staple essential to Daytrader’s songwriting. “Dead Friends,” the album’s first track, exhibits this perfectly, through vocalist Tym’s unabashed choral announcement of, “Don’t you ever say, we’re destined to be great.” Despite a somewhat plodding intro, the track gets the ball rolling effectively, with dissonant guitar lines and ample feedback laced throughout.

Tracks two and three further emphasize Daytrader’s strong, vocal-centric songwriting, but also unfortunately set the bar a bit too high for the rest of the album to live up to. “If You Need It” is a shamelessly poppy but wholly enjoyable alt-rock affair, and “Firebreather” follows as an example of a truly fleshed-out Daytrader track. Benefitting from Sapone’s studio magic, the drums and bass lay down a powerful foundation for Tym’s eloquent, winding vocal delivery. Unsurprisingly, these were the first three tracks to be released off the album; they leave quite an impression, encompassing the best of Daytrader’s elements and showcasing exactly what made Last Days of Rome so memorable.

Tracks like “Skin & Bones” and “Silver Graves,” however, seem stifled, unable to reach their full potential and simply lacking the drive to make an impression. Instead of being upbeat punk anthems or slow burning emo tracks, they awkwardly straddle the line between the two genres and play at a leisurely pace, unable to decide whether to speed up or slow down. At times, downright strange compositional choices hinder the otherwise outstanding vocal performance, and leave listeners scratching their heads, unsure of what exactly the band was trying to accomplish. The obligatory acoustic track, “Heard It in a Song,” does nothing but prolong the album’s underwhelming second half. That being said, Daytrader still demonstrate brief moments of excellence, ending the album on the strongest note possible with “Letter to a Former Lover,” an emotional retrospective of a past relationship that allows Tym to shine through once again in the vocal department.

Ultimately, Daytrader’s debut full length simply does not feel like one; there are several outstanding tracks, but just as many forgettable ones that create too much of a noticeable contrast for the album to be cohesive. Certain songs would be better represented on a five or six track EP without the excess of the others weighing them down. Twelve Years makes one thing obvious: putting out a full length is hard. However, as a band that has proven (in only a short time) to be more than capable of writing mature yet catchy music, Daytrader still have what it takes to release a classic album someday if they can manage to iron out their inconsistencies.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
pmmets07
May 12th 2012


5880 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

fuck not being able to edit reviews. already see stuff i want to change. anyways, check out the original post here: www.muzikdizcovery.com

DoubtGin
May 12th 2012


6752 Comments


eh ep was pretty cool, will give this a listen for sure

Calicula
May 12th 2012


133 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love the man's voice, especially in Firebreather.

pmmets07
May 12th 2012


5880 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

firebreather is a great track.

Calicula
May 12th 2012


133 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You should add a "recommended tracks" section at the end of the review.

pmmets07
May 12th 2012


5880 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i could. idk i just feel like since i included that in the content of the review it's unnecessary. although most official reviewers do it.

OneMoreRoland
May 12th 2012


1050 Comments


You're one of my favorites on sputnik. Good review

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
May 12th 2012


7342 Comments


Good review as ever. I enjoyed their previous EP so I'll give this a listen at some point.

pmmets07
May 12th 2012


5880 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

aww you guys

tom79
May 12th 2012


3372 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think Skin & Bones is actually a great track. Good review though.

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bungy
May 12th 2012


8843 Comments


metal

Hep Kat
May 12th 2012


15351 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

guys

JAXETA
May 12th 2012


779 Comments


best rise band in quite a bit

someguest
May 12th 2012


20641 Comments


^lmfao

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pmmets07
May 12th 2012


5880 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

cwhit i love haters baby dey my main m0tiiVaT0rZ

Symmetry
May 12th 2012


43 Comments


These guys always had only one or two good songs per release, but this is still really, really disappointing. Maybe it'll grow on me . . .

pmmets07
May 12th 2012


5880 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i loved both their ep and demo. this is good but fell short.

bbdmittenz
May 13th 2012


219 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think Skin and Bones is great as well, but definitely a good review. Pos'd. Never knew these guys had an EP out before this album. Is it better?

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LifeAsAChipmunk
May 13th 2012


4854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

No. This just wasn't as good as it could have been.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
May 13th 2012


21967 Comments


listening to this now



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