Daily Grind had a pretty exciting 2015, after releasing their debut EP, were featured on “Friday Night Rocks” before Pittsburgh Pirates broadcasts and signing to Misra Records. 2016 looks to be even wilder, with their new full length release “I Did Those Things.” The 11 tracks were recorded over 2 months at The Wilderness Recording Studio by producer/engineer J. Vega (White Wives, Roger Harvey) and mastered by Grammy winner Kramer (Galaxie 500, Low). The bands early release show will be May 6, 7pm at the Rex Theater with the official release being May 13, 7pm at James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy. You can pre-order “I Did Those Things,” at iTunes. Until then SSE is pleased to share the first single from the album called “Haystack.” Read what our reporter Brett Stewart thinks of it below.
The indie rock scene is typically quite inundated with poor production and trope-driven lyricism. Daily Grind defies both of these stereotypes nicely, especially the former. ‘Haystack’ boasts one hell of a good production, perfectly accenting the thunderous percussion with slashing electric guitars and passionate lead vocals.
It’s infectiously catchy with a pop sensibility, which creates a sense of excitement within its own realm. It doesn’t rely on predictability, though, which is refreshing. That excitement gets released toward the latter end of the track as the dueling guitars banter back and forth elegantly before a cataclysmic finale. Is the track terribly deep? No, not really. Is it supposed to be? No. It’s a rollicking jaunt through dynamic rock and roll that takes no prisoners and explodes in your face in the best possible way.