Already known for their fierce, driving, and in-your-face live shows in and around the Los Angeles club circuit, Silverlake’s newest buzz-band, daily-daily, has finally released their debut EP – a diverse, self-titled, 5-song disc that combines punk rock grit with powerful melodies. The result: a dynamic, radio-friendly, yet edgy sound that has drawn comparisons to modern rock staples Nirvana, Filter and Smashing Pumpkins. Now, the band prepares to leave its permanent mark on the alternative music scene, with upcoming high-profile shows in Hollywood and beyond.
In 2008, Eric Vasquez, former drummer for the seminal punk band Dr. Know, decided to trade in his old drumsticks for a Les Paul and forged a brand-new sound that encompasses a variety of musical styles.
“When I envisioned this band, I wanted to combine different sounds,” states Vasquez. “I wanted to create a project that could not only capture the aggressive feel of my punk-rock days, but would also have a progressive sound that would appeal to a wider range of listeners.”
Joined by bass guitarist and virtuoso violinist Kristen Agee, guitarist Michael Torres and the furiously-pounding drummer, Rickey Villalobos, the band crafted new tunes featuring emotion-driven melodies that combined the fuller sound of modern rock with the edgy desperation of traditional punk-rock roots. The final lineup was solidified with the addition of singer Carrie Rapaport (formerly of MTV’s Jackass-associated cult band, Cakecutter), who brought with her smart, memorable lyrics, and a fiery, energetic stage presence.
daily-daily worked with audio engineer Spencer Blair at Santa Monica’s Food Mart Music Studios to produce a 5-track self-titled EP, which, upon release in April of 2009, sprang into immediate, heavy rotation on Altoona's Rocky 104.9 FM on Sunday's Homegrown Rocker Show from 9-11PM with "The Professor" Jim Price, and internet stations Jango, Tainted Angels, and Metalhead Radio.
The EP reveals amazing diversity, from heavy tunes with blistering guitar lines, tribal drumming and hard-hitting vocals alongside majestic, violin-laden orchestral ballads that are dreamy and ethereal. The opening track, the irresistible “Remember”, is highlighted by Vasquez’s powerful guitar solo and will leave the listener singing its memorable chorus for days. The final cut, “Forget”, showcases the band’s uncanny ability to deftly switch gears mid-stream both in tempo and emotion. What starts off as a rich power ballad with soaring harmonies ends in a fast-paced furious display of fiery fretwork, peppered by Rapaport’s roaring and venomous vocal attack.
daily-daily’s intense and high-energy live show is, by far, the largest reason for the band’s rapidly-growing fanbase. Vasquez and Torres are all over the stage, guitars swinging wildly. Sweat drips from Villalobos’ brow as he furiously pounds the drums. Agee shows remarkable versatility as she deftly switches from aggressive, gut-stabbing thumping on her bass guitar to sweeping violin for the ballad “Into The Sea”. Rapaport’s in-your-face, swaggering stage persona and 4-octave vocal range don’t wane for a second, even as she rides the shoulders of a fan through the throngs of excited people watching the show.
“Our music features heavy guitars and complicated drum rhythms,” Agee is quick to point out. “They’re not simple ‘four-on-the-floor’, straight-ahead songs. We mix it up and are very passionate about what we do.”
Rapaport agrees, "we truly believe in our music, and try to bring that enthusiasm to our live show. It's always a thrill to play to an audience that's really engaged and singing your lyrics right back to you."
daily-daily is proudly sponsored by SIT Strings and WB Gear.
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