Glasgow is a buzzing hive of upcoming talent. One such talent is new kids on the block Dead By Monday. The band call their sound “hard punk” but when listening to their debut EP Almost Punk, it’s clear that there are a lot more facets to their sound.
There are screaming and shouting vocals aplenty but also a sense of melody to frontman Murray Taylor’s voice. The guitar riffs of Taylor and lead guitarist Paddy Chapman also have their fair share of variety. There are plenty of nods to the heavy power chord and octave chord stylings of modern post-hardcore and emo, but there’s also an appreciation of the bluesy riffs of the classic rock era (in songs like “Dead Souls” for example), melodic ideas in places (such as in “The First” and “Our Doomsday”) as well as clean arpeggios and more discordant sounds (see songs like the ballad-esque “Choke”). The rhythm section of bassist Declan Buist and drummer Ciaran Whyte is tight, pounding and energetic throughout Almost Punk.
Dead By Monday cite bands like Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, Alexisonfire, and While She Sleeps as influences. These influences are evident on Almost Punk though Dead By Monday have their own sound and energy that’s sure to make them stand out among the alternative music scene in Scotland.
Dead By Monday are having a free entry release party for Almost Punk at Glasgow’s 13th Note with support from Dundee metalcore crew Black Blood, Glasgow rockers Howson and East Kilbride mob Hollow Tones tonight. If you support local upcoming talent, go and check them out!
Almost Punk is available for downloading and streaming on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon and Apple Music today.
Feature image by Declan Buist. All images used with permission from Dead By Monday.