Living in Washington DC must be amazing for someone into hardcore or posthardcore. The possibility of meeting Guy Picciotto or Ian MacKaye coincidently at a show or in a record store or whatever and playing the same locations like maybe Minor Threat or Embrace or Rites of Spring or Fugazi have started in. Wandering through the scenery that inspired in a materialist way so much great music. Okay maybe a fan of Tocotronic and Blumfeld and Kettcar would say just the same about Hamburg and it is nothing special to me living here. So maybe this is just romanticism of someone that really likes that DC and Dischord shitÖ
Well, A Day in Black and White are from DC actually yet they arenít on Dischord but on Charlottesville/VA based label Level Plane that might be less legendary but has released some really amazing bands, too, like Saetia, Hot Cross, Envy or Lack to name just a few. This particular record is no exception in terms of quality, a really solid posthardcore record. The roots seem to be in the late 80s, early 90s DC sound and the whole record is rather mid tempo.
Kurt Ballou who also produced Converge, Isis or Since By Man created quite a special sound. The record is very much dominated by mid frequencies which gives it a sort of heavy appearance that is very rock. Still the stereo divided guitars donít just produce a wall of sound but play interesting patterns each that are kept together by a very warm bass that lays a solid fundament while the drums keep driving the whole car straight forward. As typical for posthardcore there is a dynamic between more silent and louder parts. In this case the more silent parts are more like a hectic breathtaking before the machine starts rolling again.
One thing that is really needs to get used to is the vocals that are doubled all the time and are rather monotonous. No screaming and not exalted angriness here but rather a pessimistic kind of interior monologue, kinda introverted. And I donít know if I think a zebra on cover of a band called A Day in Black and White is funny or profound or just silly. Maybe I just donít get the point but there is photo in the booklet of the drummer playing drums in front of a giant wall of vinyl records. That one really got me impressed! So in the end we got a solid posthardcore record that moves along the ass kicking border of this genre and that should make an excellent record for driving on highways by night as it is constantly adrenaline driven and got some brilliant noisy outbreaks that I really like. Hope to see them at the Astrastube in mayÖ