These Houston hillbillies aren’t the first folk-punks. But their eighth full-length (and long-overdue first release for Fat Wreck Chords) makes it clear they’re first-rate. Brimming with zippy energy, built around trade-off vocals and crackling with sharp-tongued attitude, these cuts hit the sweet spot between folk, bluegrass and punk, with a dash of mariachi brass tossed in for good measure. Their best days are ahead.
THE PRESS RELEASE: “Days N Daze formed as a duo in 2008. Band founders Whitney Flynn and Jesse (Je-C) Sendejas performed their first set of original music (and a killer cover of Neutral Milk Hotel’s Communist Daughter) for a handful of listeners at a San Marcos, Texas coffee shop that year. They’ve remained the heart of the group, several band members, dozens of songs, numerous side acts and millions of tour miles later. Longtime members Meagan Melancon (washboard) and Geoff Bell (washtub bass) round out the Houston-based group, which begins a new decade of music with Show Me the Blueprints. It is Days N Daze’s eighth full-length album and its debut effort for iconic punk label Fat Wreck Chords. The album is expected to introduce new audiences to DND’s music, dubbed “thrashgrass” for its blend of folk, punk, ska and emo music. The band’s devotion is to songwriting rather than genre.”