Dead Day Revolution – On Our Own – Album Review
After years on the road honing their music, Hollywood’s Dead Day Revolution land with the impressive debut LP On Our Own. The record mixes hard rock, blues, post-punk and pop with interesting results, pulling sounds from all over including The Offspring, Foo Fighters and impressively later even The Cure. The album changes gears in interesting ways, leaving you always guessing what flavour you’ll get next.
“Just One Question” opens the record on a dark, moody rip with booming drums and emotive guitars that pull every ounce of anguish out of the song possible. The lyrics speak of a man whose love has betrayed him, leaving him to suffer on his own. The beat picks up on “Vampire Blues,” a grimy tear on a classic blues riff with relentless energy, holding nothing back.
“Dancing On The Corner Of Death” keeps things rolling with a similar blues tone mixed with a hard rock soul that gives the song a unique blend of heavy blues with pop chops. The drums come roaring out the gate on “Children Of The Night,” a breakneck-speed track that sounds like the Foo Fighters meets the Offspring. The last half of the song slows things down to bring in the finale with intensity.
There’s a dark-swamp blues twang on “Bury My Soul” that gives the song an epic feel to every chord. The song’s stop and go choruses, emphasized wonderfully by the drums showcase the band’s great writing chops and the lo-fi vocals at the end of the solo show their attention to detail. “New Eyes Of The World” throttles the tempo right back up, and has the vicious instrumentation and distorted vocals to match. The song’s tale of emerging from a troubled past is driven home in its pained bridge where it contrasts this with the song’s brightest instrumentation.
The flanger is dialed up on title-track “On Our Own” where the band delivers a catchy bass-driven tune with a chorus that begs to be sang by crowds at live shows. “Ghost” finds the band dialing into 90s Cure feel, mixing in their rock edge to create a song that’s eclectic but still urges head-banging on every chorus. The song’s drum break down takes the song down a fun side-road near the end and gives them a loose-cannon style that closes the song out even more excitedly than previous choruses.
Things get even brighter on “Down The Road” where stop-and-go verses, clean guitars and synthy sounds make for a delightful pop-rock song that still manages to deliver on every emotional cylinder it needs. The bass-driven pop returns on “Needles” with more piano and lighter-hearted sense of fun.
The heavy rock kicks back in on “Sister” with killer rock riffs and thumping drums grabbing you by the collar and shaking you right out the gate. The song drives some great pop sensibility on the vocals and the organ gives the song a great vintage feel. The album closes on the sombre “Wait,” with eerie vocals delivered over a dark mix of guitars and keyboards to deliver a sad yet powerful track, whose final bridge kicks back into the chorus with brutal intensity.
On Our Own definitely stands as a solid debut for a band who put time into their first record. The first half of the album works as a good hard rock record but the second half’s pop tracks and throwback rock take it over the top for a side two that at times sounds like a completely different band. With this diversity the band definitely stands to turn heads playing this album live and impress on their follow up down the road.