Being in a band is one thing, but redefining yourself is another. Since their 2013 debut full-length release Jar, Daylight have gone through a heck of a lot of changes. Now called Superheaven, the Pennsylvanian four-piece have done a 180 degree turn on their melancholy past, and formed a confident new stance of what it means to be in a band.
Their second offering Ours Is Chrome is an affirmative new chapter in a book already filled with trials and tribulations of touring reality. You only need to look at the striking album cover to gain a sense of what you’re in for – grunge that bounces from heavy to soft, to everything in between. You’re in for a ride.
Whilst you may typecast the realm of grunge to bands such as Nirvana and Alice In Chains, from the outset, Superheaven put a modern twist onto an already formidable genre to dip into. ‘Room’ opens with your stereotypically sexy distorted guitars, before plunging into elements of alternative rock that bring it bang up to date. The same can be said for its partner ‘All The Pain’. Its emotionally thirsty in lyrical content, which is backed up by self-assured punk-like guitar tones.
Although the 90s nostalgia is laid so bare it could slap you in the face, the album’s lead lines and riffs are contemporary additions that create a positive genre bending journey. ‘Leach’ is a fuzzy, progressive wonder that is climatic as the outro unveils a riff far more head bang worthy than most music out there today.
Superheaven have truly come up trumps with this record. Ours is Chrome is infinitely catchy and brings back a genre that the original greats still hold the crown to, but rethinking it in a way that makes it accessible to the masses. Its refreshing to bounce from sad seducing ‘Blur’ to the buoyant splendour of ‘I’ve Been Bored’.
Honest, compelling and obsessively alluring, Ours Is Chrome is a masterpiece in post-grunge.