Daybreak / New Mexican Disaster Squad
Genres: punk, hardcore, screamo
PO Box 536071
Orlando FL 32853
Jun 16 - 22 2003
Straight out of the Orlando punk scene comes these two bands, Destination:
Daybreak and New Mexican Disaster Squad, together at last
on this snazzy little split CD.
D:D kicks things off with five fem-fronted punk tunes that
sound like Yeah Yeah Yeah material sans la edge.
That isn't to say there aren't good qualities to the music. They
have a pleasantly melodic songwriting sense, and they've added some
nice Southern guitar riffs to spice things up on many of their songs
("Stealing Home," for example, is startlingly reminiscent of
South-borne stoner rock material.) On the downside, though, this stuff sounds
like it was meant to be played live, and the songs aren't exactly
solid enough to warrant multiple listens. While there are many
melodies present (at least more than most punk bands can brag about),
this isn't the type of stuff you'd really hum or sing along to.
The New Mexican Disaster Squad, meanwhile, takes a more
hardcore-dedicated approach to things on their six tracks.
Screamo vocals, heavy guitars, and explosive drumming characterize
their half of the CD - it's that good ol' noisy stuff that angers the
neighbours while providing you the perfect backdrop to destroying
things and/or playing Gameboy. Tracks like "Bulemia [sic]
Makes Me Want To Puke" and "Baker Act" are pure
throat-wrenching explosions of anger and viciousness, whereas "L.O.S.T."
and "The Boss" hint at a sort of pseudo-melody that fits
really well. All in all, NMDS is a solid hardcore band, but
nothing out of the ordinary.
This here is an okay split EP. I prefer NMDS's side,
but Destination: Daybreak will make an average listen for fans
of female-vocal punk music.
11 songs, distributed by No
Idea Distro, released 2002]