Slow Down to Speed Up
Add up the ages of the members of Daze, a four-piece rock outfit from Zurich, Switzerland, and the result is far less than 100. Young though they may be, \'Slow down to speed up\' the bands North American debut, is the result of over ten years of honing the bands sound. At the core of Daze's history are the nearly identical Eigensatz brothers, Mathis and Moritz, who formed the bands first incarnation while in their early teens. They picked up the guitar and bass, respectively; as with any teenaged garage band, drummers came and went. But thanks to a steady aural diet of the Ramones and the Beatles, along with the telekinetic bond that only siblings share, Mathis and Moritz were already writing original rock songs. From the beginning, they were punky and crunchy, but with pop melodies and a distinct Anglo sensibility. In 1998, the brothers Eigensatz met drummer Peter Baracchi, who proved his mettle as a permanent band member after several rehearsal sessions and live gigs. As a trio, Daze went on to self-release four albums, the last in 2004, Silhouette. Internet surfing led American filmmaker, Adam Frey, to discover the album on the bands web site. Frey immediately requested five songs for the soundtrack to Hunting Dragonflies, his independent, surreal thriller released in 2005. Meanwhile, Daze had racked up over 100 live shows throughout Switzerland. Their reputation for shredding, high-energy shows led Downer, a band from Berlin, to ask Daze to join their tour of Germany. For their first foray out of their homeland, the Eigensatz brothers decided to amp up the bands sound even more. Andy Keller, a lifetime friend and, until then, also Daze's faithful roadie, was brought aboard on second guitar to become the fourth and final member of the bands current line-up. With new creative input, and the broadening of musical tastes and technical skills that comes with growing up, Daze's sound has matured over time. What began as a sound distinctly influenced by the tail-end of the grunge era morphed into something more akin to early American punk, a la Mathis and Mortizs beloved Ramones. Add a heavy dose of power pop, Polish with a Britpop sheen, and the result is Daze, 2006. This fresh quality was recognized by the founder of South-Florida-based Livid Records, Charles Furment, who discovered the band via their Myspace page and contacted them to release their next album. \'Slow down to speed up\' is both Livid Records inaugural release and Daze's North American debut. Rec Rec in Switzerland, will oversee the albums European release and distribution. \'Slow down to speed up\' bursts with big, simple riffs over loud chords that will set listeners teeth on edge with anticipation. Atop float the vocals of Mathis, who doesn't scream, but instead sings mellifluously, on key. The result is a fine balance between the pretty and the ugly, a spine-chilling tension. The Swiss may have been neutral until now, but watch out: Daze is invading North America, and they are coming for your rocknroll soul. By Arielle C.