DAGGERPLAY - THE ALBUMS 2013 - 2018



"URBAN CAMPFIRE SONGS"

2013


HIGH ROADS & HOLLOWAYS - The debut album by the Finnish rockers kicks off in frenetic style.  A track that seems to be a hybrid of Sex Pistols and The Clash.  Pulsating beat and thrashing guitars with equally manic vocals.  Great opening!

BRAINFUCK EUPHORIA - Another cleverly melodious Punk Rock track, the chanted vocals remind me of 80s band Tenpole Tudor and a little Green Day but more rockier.  Surprisingly gets more catchy the more you listen!

BLIND HORSES - This track reminds me of Gogol Bordello's brilliant Gypsy Punk Folk.  Imagine an all out rocky sea shanty and this is it! Quirky and fun!

GLITTER RODEO - A fast paced song with musical backing that is kind of New Wave Punk, something like early Blondie, The Ramones or Generation X with typically sneery Billy Idol-like vocals.  A great track.

NOW I WANNA LISTEN TO THE RAMONES - Ironically I just mentioned The Ramones and here they get a namecheck.  This is classic New Wave Punk Rock.  Great chanted vocal backing and its an instant memorable song and catchy as hell.  

RIGHT NOW EVERYTHING'S CALM IN THE ATTIC - A hybrid of some Rock 'N Roll and New Wave.  Its sound is reminiscent of The Cars and bands of the period of late 70s/early 80s.  Probably the most radio friendly track so far.  Really good tune.

PERFECT ESCAPE - Searing guitars dominate this track with a pounding beat.  A real head banger and foot stomper.  Its maddening pace and slight melody changes make this a classy song.  One of my favourites here.

MY FRIENDS ARE MENTAL AND I AM MENTAL,TOO - The title is as mad as the actual song. There is a bit of everything here, Generation X, The Clash and possibly The Buzzcocks.  Classic outright Punk!

 

CUNTS - The first half of this track makes me think of Primal Scream and the second early Adam and the Ants in their Punk phase.  This debut album paves the way for the brilliant follow-up "Subterranean Reality" in 2018.  The infectious energy and melodious punky style are here in abundance too.

 

SAINTS - No pause in energy for the last track.  Another brilliant manic Punk offering in the style of Blink 182 and Green Day.  A worthy debut album full of gems.



"SUBTERRANEAN REALITY"
 
2018

RED SKY - A storming start to this album. a kind of veiled Country style hard rocker, sounds crazy but its a brilliant opening track and gets the adrenalin pumping.  A great Instrumental rockin' jam.

CRUEL WIND BLOWING - Punk Power Pop with a Rockabilly style, this is just an aswesome track, fast tempo daring the listener to stay still! Brilliant.
 
 

DON'T GIVE UP - Reminds me of The Clash or Generation X with its late 70s Punk Pop.  Love it.  Great stuff from Finland's finest.

BLACK RIVER - Atmospheric almost Ska backing like Madness until it burns up into a raw 70s Punk/Classic Rock smash.

GIRL, IT'S GONNA GET BETTER OR JUST WORSE - This is a hybrid of Elvis Costello and Blink 182.  Great vocals by Pekko Mantzin.

DAYS LIKE THESE - Scandinavian Power Pop similar to Roxette, great melodies and an uptempo tantalising beat.  Catchy too!

FOUR WALLS - Alice Cooper meets The Clash.  Almost reminds me of early Billy Idol too.  A straight up Punk Rock firecracker.

KILBURN HIGHROAD - A brilliant Celtic Folk Rock right out of nowhere! Unexpected and its absolutely fantastic.  

SAME OLD, SAME OLD - More Rockabilly style Rock N' Roll, Stray Cats meet Generation X, reminds me of Ready Steady Go! by Billy Idol's first band.  A treat.

NW2 - Pure Punk Rock uptempo scorcher.  Late 70s, early 80s influences abound.

ONE MILE TOWN - A little Pop Rock thrown in for good measure.  This band can really take on different genres and kill it.

AFTERLIFE -  Another catchy, melodious Pop Rock number similar to Roxette, another gem on a tremendous album.

GHOSTS - Similar to the previous track, guitar driven Pop Rock, yet another great track with a chorus that stays in your head.
 
 

SINISTER BLUES - Exactly what it says on the tin, its Blues Rock with a very sinister twist.  Almost like a pirate shanty song, quirky and fun ending to the album.  It builds pace after a minute into a blistering stomp before letting down easy again.  Fab.















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