The Day I Snapped

Tales Of Ordinary Madness

Written by: PP on 17/04/2012 06:27:46

The Day I Snapped have been around for twelve years. They have played alongside seminal punk bands like The Offspring, The Bouncing Souls, Alkaline Trio, Strung Out, etc, yet they have only released two albums during that time span. Their first one was released six years ago, and in the closing hours of 2011 the Scottish punk rock bunch released their sophomore effort "Tales Of Ordinary Madness", a record which is to post-hardcore what Samiam is to indie rock: a punk rock tainted version of the genre looking back at the mid to late 90s era in the genre.

One review that I came across discovered perhaps the best parallel to The Day I Snapped: Thrice. Now, I know that in 2012 when people think of Thrice, they immediately recall their brooding hardcore songs from "Vheissu" or the cultivating progressive rock of "Beggars". Few people are aware that on "Identity Crisis" the band used to play technically proficient and breakneck speed punk rock with a bit of a post-hardcore flavoring on the side. Here, The Day I Snapped do many of the same things while never reaching as much into hardcore and raw, unadulterated delivery in the same manner. Instead, The Day I Snapped are firmly rooted in simple melodic punk rock, one that's closely aligned to alternative rock (think The Swellers) but still fast and unison enough in its soundscape to appeal to the punk rock crowd, and with just enough post-hardcore driven melodies to justify the comparison. The guitars are clean and polished, same with the vocals, and the production is surprisingly solid considering this was released on the band's own record label.

The result is a well-formed album with a number of catchy tracks that come recommended to anyone who like a bit of post-hardcore and alternative rock thrown into their standard punk rock expression. The melodies catch on moderately well, though without ever approaching album of the year by any standards, but that's okay: this is straight-forward, easily accessible punk rock for the non-punk crowd, so there's at least a reason for this album to exist. Good stuff.


Download: Do Something Terrible, Cohesion And Derision, Trucks to Nicaragua
For the fans of: Samiam, Thrice when they played punk rock, post-hc inspired punk rock
Listen: Bandcamp

Release date 12.12.2011
Tremendous Hill Records

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