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Days N' Daze: The Most Charming Riot of All Time

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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.

Days N' Daze, "Little Blue Pills"

Days N' Daze, "Little Blue Pills"

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.

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Shea Serrano