Fredericksburg, VA’s Static Daydream follow their acclaimed 2014 “The Only One” EP (Moon Sounds) with a hazy full-length blast of melodic melancholy.
Static Daydream picks up where Paul Baker finished with Skywave andCermemony (shoegaze band, not hardcore). Here, beside girlfriend Jamie Casey, he continues riding on crests of waves of distortion while floating in a sea of effects. Grinding, fuzzed-out guitars recall Love and Rockets and Jesus and Mary Chain, while the heavy bass and programmed drums resemble Big Black’s sonic attack. Monotone vocals bare shades of The Sisters of Mercy, The Psychedelic Furs and evenThe Human League as the songs range from dark post-punk stabs to edgy pop a la The Fireworks and The Primitives. It’s a pulsing wall of tremolo and static that draws you in and holds you hostage until it’s done.
Excellence such as this cannot be ignored. Dive into Static Daydream’s cloudy swirl and discover your new favorite band.