The first Daughters LP for Ipecac Records (Mike Patton, Faith No More) finds the grindcore-turned-noise-punk band in good nick. You Won’t Get What You Want is a ten-song set that, while heavy as ever, sees Daughters expand their palette to good effect. ‘Satan In The Wait’, for instance, is a seven-minute vaudeville punk number that is both ghoulish and caustic. More straightforward rockers like ‘The Reason They Hate Me’ have something of the Pissed Jeans about them.
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Daughters have changed musical direction a few times over their four (full length) record lifespan. From the 2003 album Canada Songs that introduced many of us to the ‘grind-core’ genre, through to their latest instalment You Won’t Get What You Want; a record that completely flips noise metal on its head.
The immediate similarity that I draw is with that of The Dillinger Escape Plan, both bands are as maths-y and technically challenging as hell and they are both thoroughly enjoyable to listen to. If I’m allowed to mention Dillinger, I’m allowing myself to divulge a little further. What makes album número cuatro such an interesting listen is how you can hear so many different genres coming together, from early punk, yes I’m talking Sex Pistols and Ramones, through to Meshuggah and, as previously mentioned, The Dillinger Escape Plan.
Let me explain, as I listen to track three off the record - Satan in the Wait - I can hear desperation through the continuation of a droney guitar riff throughout the chorus alternating between two sounds, whilst simultaneously recognising elements of industrial metal from Jon Syverson’s brilliant drumming and early 2000’s post-hardcore nostalgia from the likes of Thrice and He Is Legend. Whether or not this is intended isn’t relevant, but it does show the power of this record to ignite numerous emotions, as music should, whilst also keeping the listener intrigued and wondering what will happen next.
Moving throughout the record will only make your appetite even more fierce. The Lord’s Song is an example of this. This track contains pretty much everything you listen out for in a noisey, industrial metal record. My only qualm here is the track following - Less Sex - kind of kills the mood. I must add, though, that the record pretty much immediately picks up. The Reason They Hate Me is another standout track on this record; it’s another one of those where you can imagine seeing it live would cause a little bit of havoc. It's tight, well produced and is a brilliant mish-mash of so many great musical influences. A solid 9/10.
9/10 CosmicSquid 15th November 2018
Not sure how the staff reviewer hears any of the bands he mentions in his review from this - Dillinger Escape Plan and Meshuggah have metal elements (well, in Meshuggah's case they ARE a metal band - albeit a fairly unique/singular but long-past-being-interesting one) and both play with extreme precision and employ overly complex/technical/even-kinda-showy musical chops, whereas Daughters (on this album at least) play it sloppy and dirty as hell - not that that they don't know what they're doing, of course.
But this is NOT metal at all. This is some kinda drugged up and diseased post-apocalyptic noise rock - maybe the sonic equivalent of being force fed bad hallucinogens and tied to a very uncomfortable chair while a parade of toxic mutant clowns get all up in your face, licking at your eyeballs and poking at you with rusty screwdrivers. Albeit all with a(n admittedly twisted) sense of humour (I mean, they are still clowns, after all...) I hear Liars circa-'They Were Wrong, So We Drowned', 'Goat'-era Jesus Lizard (Scratch Acid, too), Today Is The Day, The Birthday Party... hell, even a less slick and WAY more fucked Girls Against Boys in here, among other things. All with a grimy, dirgey, grinding, industrial-tinged atmosphere. The Ramones and The Sex Pistols though? Hell no! (and since when were either of those 90's bands anyways?!)
Ultimately though, why bother comparing? As fun and interesting as Daughters have been in the past (and as much as I enjoyed their previous albums, I haven't been back to them in years) THIS right here blows their previous stuff right out of the (probably thoroughly infected) water. Am very much looking forward to seeing how they pull this stuff of live when they hit the UK in April. Defz one of my fave 'rock'-related records of 2017, and a complete surprise from a band I'd pretty much completely forgotten about. Checkit!
9/10 Clem 15th November 2018
Daughters return with a slice of unexpectedly vaudevillian industrial grind. The guitars pummel when they aren't chiming like detuned harpsichord, and the singer intones and howls with the resigned desperation of a doomsday preacher. The band have moved further away from the hyperactive multitasking of earlier record, making space to dwell in their despondent grooves.
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