Review: Del Paxton – All Day, Every Day, All Night

Complex and impassioned, All Day, Every Night, All Night is a musical testimony to how much Del Paxton have progressed since the release of their first EP Worst. Summer. Ever. more than three years ago.

The album is recognisably distinctive because of its subtleties, with each track revealing small hints to overarching themes of nostalgia, loss and upbringing. All eleven tracks work to return the listeners’ minds to the forgotten paradise of youth, with its neat combinations of math rock guitar riffs and heavy punk-fuelled drumming. In ‘Take it to the Limit’ there is an intoxicating blend of guitar and drums carried on from the previous track ‘Koolwink’, whilst the addition of sharply-edged guitar riffs injects a feeling of glittery ‘90s indie into the song.

A piece that truly embodies the album’s motif of personal development in a chaotic world is ‘Sixes and Sevens’, an auditory exploration of all the shenanigans endured during adolescence and early adulthood. Math rock guitar sounds spill deliciously into its strong punk-style core, before it breaks down into a perfected rhythm of steady drum beats, simple guitar riffs and gentle singing that develops into a combination of pop and alt rock.

Coast to Coast AM’ works well as the album’s interlude. Located in the centre of the collection, it provides the listener with a brief rest from the overall heavy tone, with an enjoyable hark back to the pop and emo-esque sounds that dominated the musical landscape of the mid ‘00s. This brief diversion from the immersive range of sounds is  both subtle and clever: it breaks from the regular tone of the album to highlight its two central themes, nostalgia and upbringing. It’s as if the band is taking a couple of minutes to take a breath and reflect on their work so far, and invite listeners to join them as they do so.

The vocal range is consistent throughout. A force of pleasantly shouting guides the listener through the album, working alongside the music in some parts and providing an intriguing contrast against it in others. In ‘Loose Leaf’, the passionate vocals of the band’s lead singer illustrate the sincere message of the song; form reflects content to produce an emotive effect on the listener. Placed between the slowly-paced drum beats and spots of intricate guitar playing, the drawn out vocals of ‘Thermos’ illuminate the complexity of the album.

A collocation of math rock guitar precision, classic indie drum crescendos and melodic singing creates a melancholic tone in ‘Green House’, strong enough to encourage all listeners to indulge in the distant memories of youth. However, the lyrics ‘All Day, Every Day, All Night’, which blur into the finale of the track, amplify the warmth that nostalgia brings when memory is returned to the forefront of the imagination. This penultimate track serves as the epitome of what the band appears to strive for with All Day, Every Night, All Day: a collection that illustrates the significance of collective and personal history over the individual.

Fusing together musical allusions to icons of post-punk artists like Polar Bear Club and their own authentic style, Del Paxton connect with the heritage of music culture whilst staying firmly rooted in their contemporary setting. This is an album that radiates with both artistic talent and musical understanding. An auditory delight for all.

Beth Andralojc

 

 

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