"Desperation Daze" begins with it's title track, spanning for a bit over 2 minutes, slowly introducing some light guitar sounds. This intro worked very well for me, drawing me into the album even before it has really started. As the intro builds, more is added to it, such as another guitar and some ambient sounds. The intro fades away, bringing in the next song, "Mark of Cain" with some guitar work from the melody. Everyone smashes in after a few seconds, and I can already distinguish a nice, upbeat rock sound. Vocals kick in and I'm surprised, because the vocals really didn't depict the sound I was expecting. You can hear some of the vocalist's influence, deriving from what seems like a few sub-genres of rock. "Mark of Cain" definitely shows what the band is bringing to the table.
Next up is "Believe", a bit slower, but definitely doesn't discern you away from the album. So far the instrumentals are "rockin'" so to speak and really differentiate themselves. The vocalist takes some of the limelight with this song as well. "One In a Million" goes along more of the "mainstream" approach, with simpler instrumentals to draw in those that like catchy riffs and lyrics. This isn't a bad thing, as sometimes simpler is better. Backing vocals make an entrance here and really enhance the experience of the song.
The slowest song on the album, "Hallelujah", shifts gears near the middle of the album. This song doesn't really appeal to me in this album, as its definitely different than any other "ballads" in other rock albums I've listened to. Even so, it's still done well and I can give them credit for that. "A Shame" brings in some nice bassy tones, and somewhat grungy vocals. Pretty much every track on this album appeals to me in a positive way. The rest of the songs are great as well, and definitely differentiate themselves from each other.
Listening to this album for the first time, I pretty much lost all previous thoughts of what I thought this album was going to be, compared to what I've listened to before with other rock bands. The album brings in all the right melodies and tones. The lyrics actually "mean" something, and don't really respond to the trend of "partying like a rockstar". Listening to this album more, several rock genres make a debut, striving from some southern-style rock to light grunge rock. I can say that this album is a definite must buy if you love the rock genre. To my surprise, I would figure these guys would be way bigger by now. Even so, consider giving this album a listen when you get the chance.
Rating: 8.5/10 - Definitely one of the best rock albums I've had a chance to listen to recently. Catchy melodies and vocals really get you into the album and don't let you go until its over. Every song is different which really helps keep it fresh and replayable. I think I only slightly disliked one or two songs if any on the album.
Release Date: October 18, 2011
James Turpin -lead vocals, guitars
Steve Turpin - lead guitars, vocals
Ari Sloane - Bass
Matt Ringnell - Drums
Desperation Daze was recorded May - June 2011 at Og7 studio in Tucson, Az. Engineered and co-produced by Broken Romeo & Nando Rivas.
You can listen to the album for free at SoundCloud and Spotify. If you really like the album than look into buying it at CD Baby, iTunes, and Amazon. These guys are indie artists so buying these albums helps them out a lot!