Kicking off our premiere week, we have the international duo The Day for the release of their 80s heavily-driven new single “Grow.”
“‘Grow’ is quite literally about growing up through different phases of life and your very personal ‘pursuit of wisdom'” says Singer Laura Loeters. The song is about farewells” and realizing how you grow older yourself by watching close people around you getting older.
Laura adds: “Like many of our songs when I came up with the first idea it sounded more like a quiet more folky song. But when I picked it up on electric bass with our drummer at rehearsals it became much more of a grooving pop song than we first intended.”
The Day are Laura Loeters from Utrecht/Netherlands and Hamburg based Gregor Sonnenberg. Since meeting at ‘Hogeschool voor de kunsten’ in Arnhem the two keep reconciling distances, differences and always new approaches and perspectives. What runs like a thread through all of this is the interest to take charge of things themselves, try out and grow on it together.
The Day is where whimsical Dream Pop meets a DIY ethos learned from hardcore. A sparse, springy and rapturous dynamic alternates with a wildly imaginative dream-pop harmony, rock and synths create just as inspiring contrasts as the refreshing, reduced postpunk references. This is continued in the songs by themes that connect and contrast the private and the political as often as possible. The Day’s music expresses utopia as well as melancholy in its escapism and thus refuses to be interpreted in an overly fixed way. The band is an international long-distance constellation, an almost celebratory pan-European idea of unification (which sadly can’t be emphasized too often in recent months).
The Day have released two EPs by themselves, were constantly on the road, supported Kate Tempest live and have formulated their own version of melancholic pop music. The two continue to work on creating their own version of introvert, melancholic pop music: intimate without being intruding, and speaking with inner calmness. Their debut album “Midnight Parade” will be out on January 18th, 2019.