Two Post Rock Posts in one week! To what do we owe such glorious pleasures? Well, it at least in part due to our good friends over at Post-engineering. If you don’t already follow their blog, that would be a big mistake on your part; they’re a no nonsense outlet with a large, varied and always excellent ear. This time, they have brought us the instrumental melodies of DayBringer, a post rock/metal band from St.Louis, Missouri. They deal in a kind of post rock laced with a cutting edge that might remind you of the second part of Mono‘s latest release, distortion and aggression living side by side with dreamy, delayed guitars and an overall more introspective bedrock. Parallelism is their latest release and, in addition to amazing cover, it’s a sweet and all too brief experiment in the basics of this hybrid style.
Opener “Eyesight” leans more towards the post rock side the equation. It mostly relies on a main guitar line that should ring sweet and true to fans of the genre. So to the drums and the bass, inhabiting classic and well performed roles. A slight hint of what’s to come can be heard, mostly near the end of the track, as the instruments crash into a crescendo that’s slightly thicker and more robust than what the beginning of the track might have led us to believe. However, it is with sharp drums of “Lights of the Southern Sky”, beautifully fed from the first track, that hints of the storm to come first emerge. Sure enough, their breakneck pace is joined by a main riff of massive groove and breadth.
From here, it’s wave after wave of tremolo picking, expansive chords and undulating fury, interspersed with somber passages filled with a bowed gesture of the head. DayBringer, however, never quite relent, never fade completely into these passages. There’s always another punch, always another groove to keep you hooked. This one-two combo does exactly what it was meant to do: it snags your heart on its quieter hooks while building up the surge to crash over you. I suggest you lean into it and give this album all your attention: it will reward you richly for it. As always, if you like what you hear, head on over to the band’s Bandcamp. The album is Name Your Price, but leave a little something if you can.