Sound: Please welcome -- the debut album The Story Of Man... And The Developed Shadow from a new NYC band Night Kills The Day. The story of this rock band from New York was predicted by frontman's life experience. As their press-release has it, Luke Brian spent a decade chasing down his demons. When together with a life-long friend Timothy Falzone they've started a band, it couldn't be anything but dark-colored mixtures of influences like Deftones, The Cure and U2. Being plain it's Depeche Mode, but with more guitars and less electronic. Being honest, it's much more complicated, best to be defined as melodic gloom rock.
The Story Of Man... and The Developed Shadow is the result of the band's long rehearsals, endless shows and scrupulous songwriting. Looking for the line-up, bass player Falzone met the future guitar player in a music shop and it turned out he found a real treasure for the band in the name of Izzy Lugo. Both him and Falzone are into vintage guitars and equipment. On the record you're gonna hear some really amazing guitar effects you haven't heard since Pink Floyd's The Wall.
This is not just some random release from an unknown band. The fact that Joe Blaney -- the man, famous for his collaborations with The Clash, Beastie Boys, Ramones and many others, produced The Story Of Man means the band has already proved they are worth something. Atmospheric After Hours opens the CD. It was influenced by Beethoven and you can hear that in busy '80s-style keyboards sounding like piano in one of classic's sonata. There are a few up-beat and even danceable tracks like Rainbow In N.Y.C. The first single of the album Dive sounds more rough and more rock than anything else. With the words We are the God forsaken generation it can easily become a youth anthem.
When it comes to emotions, the guys use whatever strike them -- apart from electronic touches, there are some theatrical elements like horror screams in Meaning. To add to the album's seal, there are a lot of original tunes and interesting guitar solos. // 8
Lyrics: Songwriter Luke Brian believes that the only way to write good lyrics is base them on your bare emotions. So, the poetry is another delicious part of the record -- the most uncovered and true feelings. Every song is based on something that happened to a member of the band and they really have something thrilling to tell! As Timothy Falzone told UG in the exclusive interview, the Enjoy The Ride is about a car accident that happened to Luke. Being 16, he was driving his first car. By putting his foot to the floor he asked God to show what he's worth and ended up crashing the car. The best part of the lyrics is they are so well-written that you can sing along in the car without feeling embarrassed for the words you're singing.
Luke's voice is monotone, wich is partly dictated by the genre. And it is a lot alike Dave Gahan from Depeche Mode. While it's nothing extraordinary or exciting, Brian sounds organic with the rest of the band. // 9
Overall Impression: The band is basing their music on some conceptual ideas -- like the dark side of every human and yin-yang philosophy. Just the fact that they're not playing music only because they feel good afterwards and not singing about some random girl with blue eyes, makes me want to spend more of my precious time on the album.
Dark music together with strong lyrics make a vivid impression on you. There's a certain type of despair that is peculiar to people living in big cities, apart from their joyful country colleagues. All the songs carry huge sexual energy and guys are not shy when expressing themselves -- just think about a song title Phornographic or the game of words Life is just accident/ Life is just sexident. The Story Of Man... is way too mature and haunting for a debut record, still it's obvious the guys have potential to evolve. // 9
- Kosh (c) 2007