Daylight Down - Accessible Hard Rock

Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.

In this edition of the Independent Spotlight, we shine our gaze on Daylight Down, a rock outfit that released their debut EP last year. They’ve received some modest recognition in the independent community and they’ve built up an impressive little fanbase as a result. As a Houston-based band, the group can often be found live around the area with other local groups. In any case, let’s dig into a handful of their tunes to figure out what they’re all about.

Daylight Down doesn’t do a particularly good job of introducing themselves to anyone outside their fandom. If there is a bio in any capacity, I haven’t found it. Aside from the lineup, I’m fairly in the dark in regard to the band’s aspirations, inspirations, or past accomplishments. That’s somewhat positive, however, since I can attack their music head on without any preconceived notions or ideas. ‘Demon You Love’ is one of their more successful tunes, so let’s talk about that first...

‘Demon You Love’ pulls inspiration from modern alternative rock groups and soft-metal. The group is certainly heavy, but they also embrace some pop musings and they’re quite accessible. I’d argue metal is one of the least accessible genres. Even as a professional critic, I struggle to find entryway into it. Even though Daylight Down classifies themselves as a metal outfit, that’s a very small piece of the puzzle. ‘Demon You Love’ exhibits some excellent hard rock stylings that are well executed with fine vocals and instrumentation.

As you dive deeper into Daylight Down’s repertoire, you’ll find they have a few compelling layers, which I immensely appreciated. Sometimes, these groups find their groove and stick within it. Just like any other genre, it’s all too easy to sit still once you’ve found what clicks. ‘Shadows in the Sun’ expands sonically on ‘Demon You Love’ in an incredibly positive direction. It may even very well be the best song the group has put out. This classic-tinged endeavor is so beautifully accented by sparse string sections and stunning composition. Man, Daylight Down brings it on ‘Shadows in the Sun.’

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the group does hit it harder on tunes like ‘Weakness Bleeding.’ It’s an enjoyable track, though it doesn’t embrace very much lyrical depth. Sometimes hard rock and metal endeavor into meaningful lyrical territory, and it is nearly universally benefited as a result. I think Daylight Down could use some growth in that arena. That said, they’re a terrific little rock group with a huge sound. Houston is such a great musical town and I imagine they tear it up there. If you’re local, these guys need to be on your to-do list.