Review of Rogue Taxidermy by Days N’ Daze
by a human person
I have loved Days N’ Daze since early 2010 back when they were touring as a two-piece, have written two other reviews for them, promoted a dozen shows for them, played twice that many shows with them, toured Texas with them, considered them my band’s sister-band since we met, and stuck with these individuals through many line-up changes… and even a band hiatus that looked a lot like a break up. This is my bias going into writing this short (please let it be short, I used to write a paragraph for every song on a DND album) review. This isn’t just a digital rendering of sounds, it’s a record of the exploits of my friends.
If I was limited to one word to describe DND’s music I would say it’s personal. It’s personal to them, and it’s personal to you. Sure, they’re revealing vulnerable parts of themselves to the audience, but as you sing along and dance and thrash around you become vulnerable as well. I’ve gone to great pains in the past to commend their speed, talent, song-writing prowess, tireless touring regimen, their skill in crafting memorable melodies, and tightness as a band, but honestly all of that does not get at what is great about Days N’ Daze and what is great about this album. My flautist recently explained their music as a “folk punk musical” and I think that’s perfect. You can’t escape the feeling that the two vocalists are revealing entries from a beer-stained, blood-splattered road journal as they push each other farther and farther from a controlled or safe place. Their songs have repeatedly echoed their personal struggles, and this unflinching dedication to fearless exposure is what makes this album special. You find emotional resonance with their vocal parts and lyrics because they are genuine. They are built on the hemorrhaging hearts of the ragged quartet, santa fucking sangre.
Days N’ Daze as a band works to process the feeling of being lost and the feeling of trying to find anything that feels like home, and though that theme is present on this latest audio explosion, this album has so much confidence and awareness of itself it almost feels like they are home in a funny way. By “a funny way” I mean the way in which one accepts that there is no safe, there is no home, there is no peace, and that the hostile and chaotic universe is all you’ve got so you better make the best of it.
That’s another thing you need to know about Days N’ Daze, they make the best of it, every time.Also, they sorta sound like Muppet Babies meets the crushing reality of global poverty and endless violence and exploitation.
Fin. -Alex of Arroyo Deathmatch