by James Fleming
When you listen to the Ramones, you can hear the sixties’ garage rock and the girl-group pop. But it doesn’t sound like either. It just sounds like the Ramones.
Or when you listen to Captain Beefheart. You can here Howlin’ Wolf’s blues and Coltrane’s free jazz. But, again, it doesn’t sound like either. It just sounds like The Captain.
However, when you listen to D-Day, you can hear the Thin Lizzy and the Killers. But it doesn’t sound like D-Day. It just sounds like Thin Lizzy meets the Killers.
Not that that’s a bad thing. They just need time to develop their sound. The main thing to be heard on this EP is potential. D-Day have buckets of it.
As it stands though, D-Day need to get the balance right. Now, the U2/Killers influence dilutes the opposing seventies influence. And likewise, the seventies influence just doesn’t sit right alongside the shimmery guitar chords of songs like ‘You Don’t Know,’ and ‘Eyes Open’.
These disparate influences merge best on the choruses; both the indie-stadium bands and classic rock groups like AC/DC and KISS are known for their sing-along, enthralling choruses. D-Day have those almost down, but the modern and the classic still don’t quite meld together seamlessly. However, neither are they roughly stitched together.
Music has always progressed by referencing the past while still moving on steadily towards the future. D-Day are most definitely on the right track, it’s just time they need.
The band have been championed right here on Nitelife.ie (read the article here), and given space, they could very well be great. They have youth on their side and without a shadow of a doubt, they have the talent. As previously stated, they have truckloads of potential.
But, on this record, the guitar licks are a little too Scott Gorham, the vocals, a little too Brandon Flowers/Brian Johnson. They’re young, they’ll grow out of it.