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high points and unique rhythms that separate it from other bands

Although This Day & Age can be considered your standard, run-of-the-mill new-age emo-pop band, it has it's high points and unique rhythms that separate it from other bands this year. With obvious influences like Jimmy Eat World and even Blink-182's later pieces, this band portrays something that Cartel's "Chroma" emitted: that is - excuse the rhyme - a non-screamo emo band that slows down for some exceedingly passionate and effective music which made "Chroma" one of my favorite albums of 2005. This Day & Age seems to be part of the trend that Acceptance, Mae, and the uprising Daphne Loves Derby are leading. "Always Leave the Ground" is a compelling fist-attempt into the fast-growing emo-pop genre. The album begins with "Sometimes", a 1 minute and 9 second piece reminding me of Good Charlotte's trend of having movie soundtrack-like peices at the opening of their 2nd and 3rd albums. But instead, it's not bad. Actually, it gets you into the mood and ready to listen, giving you and idea of what to expect throughout the album. Quite the opposite of Mae's horrible "Prologue" track, which is neat for 20 seconds but then goes on to do the exact opposite and make you not want to listen to the album. "Always Leave the Ground" has a good balance between softer songs that tug at your heart (especially if you're in a long-distance relationship) and songs that hit a 4 or a 5 on the rock-out scale. Some of the good slower songs would include the awesome "Second Place Victory" and also the catchy "We Always Rewind The Best Part". My personal favorites (excluding the ones mentioned above) include "Slide Show" (which has a music video) and "The Day We Started". The other songs on the album have the similar themes but are not as catchy. The vocals are wonderful, almost as unique as Cartel's in my opinion. I would highly recommend this band, mostly because they're gonna go far once they hone their talents into a more unique vision.

Stands Out

In this era of pop-punk and alternative its hard for a band to stand out when so many sound alike. This CD is an excellent example of how to slow it down and mix it up a little to appeal to those of us looking for something different


This Day and Age is one of the best bands I have ever heard, and this album will convince you of the same. You should also consider seeing this band live because what you hear on the album is exactly what you will hear live, they are amazing in concert. It is amazing that more people have not heard of them because they are so good. A must have for any music collection.


Formed: 2001 in Tonawanda, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Finding the middle ground between the experimental atmospherics of post-rock outfits like Sigur Rós or Godspeed You Black Emperor! and the crisply produced, melodic pop of Coldplay and Keane, Buffalo, NY, quintet This Day and Age blend atmosphere and style with substantial pop song hooks in a way that enhances both elements of their sound. Formed in the Buffalo suburb of Tonawanda in 2001, the lineup features singer and guitarist Jeffrey Martin, guitarist Mike Carroll, keyboardist Kelly Sciandra,...
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