I’m starting to fade over here. It’s early but it’s also Monday so I’m not going to beat myself up for going to bed fairly early but I do want to check out one more release before I turn in for the night. Daddies’ ‘EP II’ has been on my list for some time and I honestly don’t know why I haven’t spent time with one yet but tonight is the night.

“I’m Your Man” is the first track on this track and it instantly had me intrigued. There’s almost a southern charm to this track but it’s not a twang that gives it that, more a swagger. That being said, this is far from country and is really more retro indie-pop than anything else but there are so many elements in this opening track that I refuse to put Daddies in that indie-pop box. Although three minutes is typically more than enough time for me to word vomit all over the places with comparisons and thoughts, I was honestly just lost for words as this track played. I really have nothing to compare it to but was so thoroughly impressed by every element heard throughout this opening track. 

I was instantly drawn in by the intro of “More”. The driving drums and the wailing guitar have an almost Queens of the Stone Age vibe to it but, again, I fail to really put these guys in that QOTSA box. Even though everything about this track pushes it forward, the vocals have an almost laidback approach to the words which is super interesting and is one of the reasons I have such a hard time categorizing Daddies. Regardless of how you’d like to categorize them at this point, I think we can all agree that even though just two tracks in, there’s no denying the power and creativity that this band has.

“Snubbed” was an instant favorite of mine just because it instantly got stuck in my head. It has a very punk edge to it but also something very mainstream almost in the way that this track will instantly get stuck in your head. That being said, this track is still clearly that of Daddies and there were elements throughout the track that really stuck out to me. My favorite was the “whirly guitar” part. I won’t tell you when but listen and see if you can figure out what it is because it’s truly such a cool sound.

That “whirly guitar” helps kick off “Waiting” which, although the shortest track on this five-song EP, absolutely packs a punch. Another favorite of mine, this was the first track I ever heard from Daddies and it’s what had me intrigued from the get-go. Now that I hear this track in context, I realize that this song is not just a one-off, it has elements that I’ve heard throughout the previous three tracks. I just think I like the way they are put together for “Waiting” but, then again, there hasn’t been a track on this release that has let me down. 

“Dreams” ends this album just the way I wanted it to. Nothing really changes. Daddies has a distinct sound, style, and even song structure and I loved that this final track left me very little to say because I feel like I have already said it all. So, instead of spending these final four minutes writing, excuse me while I just get lost in the brilliant musicianship and anthemic sound that is Daddies.

My Favorite Track(s): “Snubbed”; “Waiting”

For Fans Of: Power; Retro Indie-Pop

Mosh-ability: 8 out of 10

What My Cats Thought Of It: Artie slept right next to my desk; Autumn slept upstairs

How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 9 out of 10

My Overall Rating: 8.8 out of 10

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