There are several components to creating a great split EP. First off, there must be present two bands with contrasting musical styles; however, the musical styles must not differ too drastically. The songs provided should follow similar themes, creating a nice through-line which will serve to bind the two-four songs into a cohesive product. Finally, a great split EP must not find one band shining brighter than the other. If so, the split EP will be awkward, very. On some level, the two bands participating in the split will be linked for all eternity. No pressure. If confused, take a listen to the split between The American Scene and Daybreaker.
Pure Noise Records’ own The American Scene and Daybreaker sure know how to make an entrance. The two young bands’ new split is a perfectly balanced and thoroughly intoxicating record. The American Scene, fresh from their March debut, By Way Of Introduction, leave no questions regarding their ability to pen a follow-up. Where By Way Of Introduction had an innocent, youthful aura about it, the two songs the group pumps out for this split are confident and mature. The desperate “Why I’m Not Where You Are” is the best song the group has created yet. “Grip” has a So They Say vibe about it, before an airy, accessible chorus balances out the song’s apparent frustration. Not to be outdone, Daybreaker shows their progression from their own debut, April’s TheNorthbound Trains EP. The raucous “We’re Still Singing” is highlighted by an infectious chorus and Dan Rose’s Brian Fallon-esque vocals. Yet, where The Northbound Train EP was chock full of The Gaslight Anthem b-sides, this split finds Daybreaker discovering their own voice. This is most apparent on the brilliant “Sleep Well Angel,” an eerie and stunning track. “The Earth’s on fire in your dreams // For miles as far as you can see, “ Rose sings, “I offered shelter from the flames and you said to me // ‘Not much has changed, my hands still shake, my hair still greys when I hear her name’ // I tucked you in and swore to you that I’d keep you safe.”