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“Running” - daysormay | Review

A song about how everything is temporary and we have so much time to figure out where we are running too in such a hurry. daysormay returns with single ‘Running’.

daysormay’s new single digs down another layer, taking a deeper even more introspective dive. ‘Running’ is a self-audit: asking the tough questions and getting answers you weren’t expecting. Chill yet chaotic, at the same time, the track exposes the vulnerability of simple guitar and vocals being led down a dark trail by the menacing pulse of drum and bass. “Running” may feel at first like a moment of stillness on the upcoming EP, but the song doesn’t fail to bring the band's signature energy and infectious hooks.

“Cuz if all that matters is how I turn out in the end, then I got all this time to spend”

Eight years ago, three six-graders ignored all the other trappings of ascendant teenagers and dedicated themselves fully and feverishly to making music. Growing up in the serene town of Vernon, BC, daysormay not only mastered their songwriting and playing skills, but they also became production wunderkinds. Now 20 years old, in Vancouver, with a full album and EP release already in their arsenal, the members of daysormay (the English phonetic of the French “désormais” meaning “from now on”) have the wind at their backs with no intentions of slowing down.

With influences like Phoenix, Glass Animals and Portugal the Man., singer Aidan Andrews and twin brothers Carson and Nolan Bassett are carving out a unique space in modern alternative music and they have the online fanship to show it. It was a member of that dedicated following that tweeted at rising indie-pop artist Tessa Violet, and suggested daysormay as openers for her 2019 tour. After doing some quick online research about the band, Tessa was instantly hooked on the music, specifically their song “Role Model.” She brought daysormay out on the road and was so blown away that she subsequently introduced them to her team at T∆G Music, where Tessa herself holds a creative development position.

Full circle moment, daysormay will release their new EP through T∆G Music’s label, starting with “Role Model (ft. Tessa Violet)” this spring. The collaboration gives way to a high energy jam that is undeniably infectious. Insight into the whole EP, Role Model is a clear indication of how the band are unsatisfied to churn out simple three-minute rock standards. Audiences will hear how the band has continued to challenge their craft by incorporating pulsing drums, enchanting synths & guitars, unforgettable melodies and sharp-witted lyrics.

daysormay attack each new live show with a relentless energy of a band on the verge. Their history of stunning audiences is extensive, from at home in Canada, to headline shows in Europe, The Reeperbahn Festival in Germany, The Great Escape in England, Bumbershoot in Seattle and support slots on stages with Cold War Kids, Tessa Violet, Peach Pit, Walk Off The Earth and Arkells.

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Review by Hannah Schneider

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