Considering the resurgence that fuzzed-out, riff-forward 90s rock has experienced over the last decade, it’s no surprise that a younger, louder class of bands are eager to inherit the mantle from the genre’s elder statesmen. Philadelphia newcomers Daydreamer are one of the most promising acts of this new vanguard, offering up an infectious, urgent take on the post-everything college rock that acts like Superheaven, Title Fight, and Nothing helped revitalize.
With the savvy riff-crafting of Failure, the ethereal fuzz of Smashing Pumpkins, and the crushing density of Hum, Daydreamer is a band utilizing 30 years of musical history and hindsight to achieve peak performance. Their debut release Out of Earshot—remastered by the ever-capable Will Killingsworth and given life as a cassette by Better Days Will Haunt You—is an impressive statement of intent. Vital enough to attract young listeners and familiar enough to win over even the most calcified 90s holdouts, Daydreamer’s enticing brand of shoegazing post-grunge is proof positive that indie rock is in good hands.
FFO: Superheaven, Shift, Catherine Wheel
50 x Lavender (Cassette, first press, BD014)
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