WRITTEN BY: MEG
Since 2019, Days Like These have released a string of various singles, all of which have gradually led up to the release of their long-awaited debut EP, “Wide Awake.
“Disassociate” kicks things off as the vocalist screams “are you wide awake?” accompanied by some catchy, djent-influenced riffs. The vocals switch back and forth between cleans and screams, from the brutal pre-choruses that showcase the band at their heaviest to the much more melodic and extremely memorable chorus. That balance is also found on the following track, “Inflection,” which mostly leans towards the more melodic side, aside from the pre-choruses, which bring out the hardcore and metalcore influences in the band’s sound. “Honey” switches things up a little bit, with some synths and irresistible melodies that showcase a poppier side to the band’s music before the harder-hitting instrumentation joins in during sections such as the chorus. The bridge brings a softer vocal performance at first, drawing the listener in before that section quickly becomes more aggressive for a moment.
The back half of this EP begins with another single, “Gravity,” which also opens with some catchy guitar parts, much like how the first half of the EP began. The synths from the previous track carry over to the intro and verses of this one, pairing with simple guitars and punchy drums as the song builds up to its anthemic chorus. “High & Glow” is similar, opening with some groovy guitar and bass riffs that precede a heavier pre-chorus and another massive chorus. The more midtempo “Forget Your Face” closes out the release, and from the guitars in the intro and the bass riffs and drumbeats that drive the second verse to the melodies within the choruses in between, the song is consistently catchy and is one of the strongest on the EP in that regard. The screamed vocals return near the song’s halfway point, during the second pre-chorus, and the bridge later on showcases the vocalist’s impressive range and delivers a memorable guitar solo before the final chorus comes in and the EP concludes.
With “Wide Awake,” Days Like These balance pieces of alternative rock and post-hardcore to create a engaging EP.
"WIDE AWAKE" IS AVAILABLE NOW. LISTEN TO THE EP HERE: