May 20, 2024

The Dayoffs — S/T

The Dayoffs (album cover)

The Dayoffs are a Manhattan duo–NYC is where they dwell, dream, and get all the inspiration they need for their music. Their self-titled 11 track LP is slated to release in November via the German boutique label Emerald & Doreen Recordings. Japan’s Atsuo Matsumoto and Russia’s Vladimir Komarov invited a few talented friends in the recordings, traveled from NY to Moscow to make it all happen, and here it is! They’ve managed to keep tight the Big Apple’s spirit and enhance it with fresh ideas, offering a young beating heart, dreamy, up-tempo polished rock record with high expectations.

Their music is elastic with some pretty catchy riffs, multilayered in each track with some solid pop elements that, taken all together, develop their colorful and acute style. They’re young and make music to sing their hearts. That alone is quite attractive, and if you add their musical and sound engineering education then you have a rich and fresh, good alternative rock debut LP.

These fuzzy guitars with the pop riffing along with their “naive” vocals may work as a passport to bigger stages, airplay, and a wider audience. The Dayoffs seem to gravitate toward Teenage Fanclub or Starsailor with that positive energy taking over the melodic jackets in their songs.

It’s all made and designed for the people of their generation: The young New Yorkers who rush and dream and observe the world in one of the biggest and hardest urban centers of the world where anything could happen, and most things are likely to evolve. The whole of the LP is quite emotional, mustering the city’s enthusiasm and it seems they’ll win their sonic bet as long as their second LP is on par with this surprisingly good debut.

Photos by Paul Takeuchi.

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