I have a million things to do and am already feeling overwhelmed. I’m a pro at procrastinating so figured I should ignore my ever-growing to-do list and just work on finding some music to soundtrack my day. This hunt for new music begins with Career Day’s brand new EP ‘Pride Was Somewhere Else’. Although only three tracks, I was excited to dig into this band and see what they’re all about.
I don’t know where the sample at the beginning of “Monument” came from or if it’s even a sample at all but it drew me instantly. Instant feelings of nostalgia hit me as this song hit its stride. It’s definitely a nod to the emo pop-punk bands of years gone by there are also elements that seem to be nods to something a bit more modern. I was a little surprised when the vocals took a little bit more of an aggressive edge to them about a minute in and, although it took me a little bit to get used to this new styling, I realized that this is what sets Career Day apart. Although their sound is oh so familiar and wonderful, there’s something in there that comes out of left field in the best way possible.
The best way I could describe the vocals at the beginning of “Deathbed Regrets” would be “whiney” but I don’t mean that in a bad way. Think if Tom Delonge had never left a garage. It just has an almost nasally element to it while not enunciating every word perfectly while still making sure you know what the words are. It’s hard to explain but I think you’ll catch on the second you hear this track. Outside of the powerful chorus of this track, Career Day really brings this almost aggressive edged vocal styling to the forefront with this track just solidifying that this element is something that sets them apart from all of the other bands in this genre. There’s almost an almost mathy-rock styled guitar part towards the end of this song that, again, sets them apart in the best way possible.
I knew going into this EP that it was going to be short but I was bummed at “Truth Changes” started and I realized I was already at the end of this journey. This final song starts off very slow-song ballad-like but, in the back of my head, I knew it wouldn’t stay that way and I was completely right. As the band slams into the emotional lyrics, a very anthemic vibe took over my house that caught me off guard in a way. Again, I knew it was coming but there was just something more powerful and anthemic about the chorus on this track compared to the previous two tracks. With only three songs on this release, I struggle to call any of them my favorite but this one definitely stuck out to me, and got an extra listen before I was left in silence.
Three songs just aren’t enough for me to really get a feel for a band and I still believe that but this quick three-song EP from Career Day definitely set the scene for this band and has left me intrigued.
My Favorite Track(s): All of them
For Fans Of: Nostalgia; An aggressive edge; garage-tinged-rock
Dance-ability: 4 out of 10
What My Cats Thought Of It: Both cats ate breakfast in the kitchen
How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 6 out of 10
My Overall Rating: 6.5 out of 10
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