[photos by acidjack]
Daytona, from Brooklyn but comprised by vets of the Chapel Hill, NC scene, may not have a direct connection to their titular state, but the name still fits. There’s an air of the beach about them, making their self-titled debut album a perfect summer listen. That’s true of the album in particular, whose wide-ranging influences, particularly in the form of Caribbean percussion, have drawn some not-unflattering comparisons to Vampire Weekend. Seeing them live at Glasslands last week, I was given a more rounded impression of their overall sound, which included new songs and a cover that don’t appear on the record. Playing in front of projected images in the pitch black, the band showed that theirs is more than good-time chill out music, even if that’s not the worst thing to be in the middle of summer. I was struck in particular by their cover of the classic song “That’s All Right” by Arthur Crudup (most famously adapted by Elvis Presley), to which vocalist/guitarist Hunter Simpson added a delicate wistfulness. Most importantly, the band carries off live what their very well-produced album (recorded in North Carolina by Ari Picker (Lost In the Trees) and mixed by Matt Boynton (MGMT, Hospitality) is trying to get across, which is an important test of any young band. We look forward to more good things from these guys in the future.
I recorded this set with the installed house recording rig and Josh Thiel’s customarily excellent soundboard mix. The light projector mounted near the mics caused a faint buzzing that can be heard during quiet passages, but other than that flaw, the quality is excellent. Enjoy!
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Soundboard (engineer: Josh Thiel) + Naiant X-R>Roland R-26>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (compression, alignment, mixdown, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (light EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (tracking, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )
01 New Foundation
02 That’s All Right [Arthur Crudup]
05 Ought To Be A Law