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Meet Days N' Daze.
They look sweet, right? They're not. They're a goddamn menace; more violent than the Femmes, more poguesy than the Pogues. They're a frothy, malicious, frenetic band of music mutants. And they are absolutely perfect.
Their low-fi bombast is erratic but still entirely consumable, which is a marvelous trick to be able to pull off. The vocals are better than the instrumentation and the instrumentation is better than the vocals and, yeah, okay, that doesn't make sense in the traditional linear universe but that's because DN'D doesn't appear to exist in a traditional anything.
Just read the interview and listen to the music and give them all of your money when you see them.
Rocks Off: Tell everyone everything they need to know about Days N' Daze in exactly six words.
Days: Big dreams, loud screams, strong drinks
RO: You mentioned previously that you all have someone in the group that plays a "gutbucket." So, um, WTF is that?
D: A gutbucket's just a washtub with a string and a stick and a person with rhythm plucking at it. In our case, that would be Freddie playing the poor man's stand-up bass.
RO: This genre you all are pegged as being, this "Riot Folk" thing, talk a bit about that.
D: It's pretty much what it sounds like: folk songs causing riots. Big, crazy riots. Or maybe just small ones in someone's own head.
It's also called folk-punk or anarcho-punk. We don't really care what people call it, we just want them to listen, especially in and around Houston. When we're on the road, people recognize Houston has a good DIY scene.
We host big events like No Power Fest and Folxmas, and we have a lot of friends here who have been doing this longer than us, like Andrew Hoskins from Radio Flyer and Kim Champion. We're just trying to do as much as we can so people can look at our DIY music community and see how strong it is, the way people look at Houston's rap community now.
RO: When we listen to last half of "The Flatlands," it makes us want to smash someone in the head with a fucking skateboard. That's cool. Congrats.
D: Right on. Thank ya. Very flattered. That's exactly what we're going for.
RO: It's probably on account of the trumpet, but you guys definitely have this near-Mariachi thing going on. It's super-cool. Ever had that before? Also, have you ever heard Metalachi? It's a Mariachi + Metal band. You guys might like it.
D: We never got into that mariachi kick, although we do try to incorporate a bit of that sound into some of our tunes. It's really just Whitney doing her thing... Just now looked up Metalachi. New favorite band.
RO: Any way we can convince you all to do a rap cover or two? The universe might split in two from awesome if you all covered, say, UGK's "Diamonds and Wood"?
D: If we ever did a rap cover, there's no question we would represent Houston -- but it would probably be Scarface's "On My Block" because that song's awesome and because it has a nice piano line Marissa could play.
Or maybe "Crooked Officer" by Z-Ro. Obvious reasons. We have written a goof-punk rap called "H-Town." It's got lyrics like "I hate it when you call me Big Poppa, 'cause I'm self-conscious about my weight, throw yer hands in the air if you want another sirloin steak."
We know we don't have the street cred of the Bun Bs or Devin the Dudes of the world.
RO: When can people see you all perform next?
D: We're playing Friday in San Antonio at Hi-Tones, so that's where we could technically be next seen. Here at home we have a show this Saturday at the Houston Free Thinkers new house. Those guys have always supported us and we like to play any of their fundraisers or parties.
We were on the lineup the night HPD came to The Compound and started cocking shotguns on unarmed people. That was pretty intense. After that, we're playing SouthEast 4/20 Fest at Super Happy Fun Land with a bunch of cool bands and in San Antonio with the infamous Cancerslug and our friends, Comatose and Half-Retarded, on April 28.
RO: Anything you want to make sure gets mentioned? Now's the time.
D: All four of us have solo projects. Death By Skwerl is Whitney on the uke, Sidewalk Slammers is Freddie's ragtime project with lots of banjo. Marissa is our washboard player's solo piano songs and Chad Hates George is a collection of songs we put together for when it's just me and Marissa, who is my sister, by the way.
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Pretty much all of this music and DnD's stuff is free on the Interwebs to anyone who wants it out there. Also, we contributed a couple of songs and have a cameo in a movie called The Doll Factory, by a local filmmaker, Stephen Wolfe. He's doing his own DIY thing, so we wanna support that with a shout-out.