Newcastle’s Dayshifter offer up that most intriguing of combinations, a seriously heavy, dark melodic hardcore sound accompanied by passionate, heartfelt vocals. In fact, we were first introduced to the band with the appealing analogy “if Architects and Counterparts had a baby, Dayshifter would be wearing the nappies.”
The quartet of Nathan Dillon (vocals), Tom Simpson (lead guitar), Anth Dickinson (rhythm guitar) and James Taylor (bass) first formed from the ashes of several failed bands. As they explain: “The main core of the band had already been in bands before that hadn’t worked out due to many issues. We decided to take some downtime and actually focus on ourselves, this didn’t last too long as we all have the same drive and wanted to focus our collective efforts into something we’d be 100% stoked on.”
The end result is a brutal assault of mega low-tuned metal riffs and screamed vocals played off against eerie synth backdrops and piercing high-pitched guitars, on which the band tell us: “In a way, it’s a familiar sound but unique at the same time, it’s very raw, personal and honest but still finds its roots in the alternative / metal genre.”
However, latest single Serpent Eyes, released through US metal label Famined Records last month, offers a first for the band – actual singing! But that’s not to say that it’s not utterly brutal. It opens up with lingering guitar chords, then distant vocals and a big scream ushers in booming chords and creepy synth sounds. A wild opening verse follows, with chugging guitar chords and synth sounds providing an eerie backdrop, then a powerful chorus.
An awesome low-tuned chugging riff dominates the second verse, then wild guitars give way to a second powerful chorus, with delicious fleeting guitars over the synthy backdrop and booming metal chords and pounding drums. There’s a gradually building section until suddenly it all drops out bar low guitar licks, and the singing of “I saw the change in your eyes,” then a big breakdown leads into a final blast of huge guitar chords. Check it out in the video below:
On the track, the band tell us: “The response so far has been amazing, especially coming off the back of our debut EP Hopeful / Regretful, which in itself did amazing. Expect a more polished sound than our previous release, we took all the best parts and made them better. The melodic parts are far more intricate and the heavier are and a lot heavier, this is also the first track to feature actual singing as well.”
The debut EP the band allude to offers a hard-hitting introduction to the brutal Dayshifter sound. It’s perfectly portrayed by lead single In Despair, which opens up with huge screams then a rampant opening verse with a big low-tuned riff under high-pitched guitars, followed by low-tuned riffs come in under a blitz of screamed vocals.
While opening track Of Ghosts offers much of the same, big piercing guitars over a base of low-tuned riffery and brutal screamed vocals, with synth sounds offering a haunting backdrop.
In terms of what inspires their music, the band explain: “Life in general, the whole experience we go through as individuals. From heartache to regret, happiness to depression, life flows and moves in such a wild and changing way and you learn so much about yourself and the people around as you flow with it.”
The band tell us they’re currently sitting on another single which is due out in October, and they plan to spend the rest of the year playing in as many different cities as possible to “Show everyone what Dayshifter’ is truly about,” ahead of focusing their efforts on writing and recording for their next release.