Day Ravies (see what they did there? Probably, as it’s been an established naming technique for some time now...) present their new record Liminal Zones, their second. The sound isn’t as ravey as you might expect with that pun: rather this is snappy shoegaze with strong synth elements. Out on the Strange Pursuits label.
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- Liminal Zones by Day Ravies
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 11 August 2015
The predilection of the letter swap naming technique is so widespread that I’m just very glad I didn’t call my new band Stod Rewart as I had intended. Day Ravies have nothing to do with 'rave' and instead conjure up a brash confident take on indie pop with guitars skirling all over the place and keyboards wheezing. The breathy vocals of opener ‘Fake Beach’ are replaced with a more grounded voice on ‘Couple Days’ which has some severe Sisters of Mercy guitar and those grandiose synth lines that post-punkers always like to use.
I’m not sure how intentionally rink-a-dink the production here is but at least it steers Day Ravies away from being too stadium - these songs sound like they are blasted out of a malfunctioning tannoy. At times it works really well especially when they start to lose their minds somewhat on ‘Nettle’ which kind of sounds like Alison Statton (Young Marble Giants) making a more frenzied take on post-punk. It reminds me somewhat of earlier Australian noise/indie-pop bands such as Minimum Chips.
There is just the suggestion of Broadcast here and there but this will mainly appeal to fans of mid 80’s Antipodean indie pop and despite the odd keyboard line as played by a child, it never gets too twee.
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