Death and Daddy Issues: O//X//Y//G//E//N

The 90’s was a great time for music. Okay we say that, but we don’t really mean it. For all the 90’s babies nostalgia porn that’s plastered all over the internet, you’d think that 90’s influenced music would sound like the 90’s. Well that’s where you’re wrong, my friend. What everybody got from the 90’s was “Everybody was depressed so let’s put together some atonal keyboards, randomly placed hi hat triplets, and pop xanax.”

People memory-holed why 90’s music was so great. Yes you can look at the subject matter, fashion, aesthetic, and whatever. But let’s be real there was one sub-genre that took the world by storm–Grunge. And what made Grunge, Grunge? The Grungy guitars!

If there is one thing I keep harping on is how an excellent guitar tone can make or break a song. And Death and Daddy Issues’ guitars encapsulate so much of what made Grunge great.  Immediately the track starts off with this wet reverb bass. Which in and of itself is such a joy to hear. When you start off a track with an excellent sounding bass–the most underutilized instrument in rock–you’re off to a great song.

And then you hear it. The guitar. Which wails, screams, growls, and trudges along. Grunge guitar playing always took the best of both worlds. They used the slow heavy sound of heavy metal, and the out of control simplicity of punk to create this new concoction. Where virtuosity wasn’t center stage; rather it was passion that stole the show, and made every guitar solo before it sound dated. When you listen to tracks like this you’re not blown away by the fact the guitarist infused Jazz chords, and Bach. You’re blown away by the passion and the music.

Which brings me to my next point. The vocals. Now it’s no secret that usually grunge vocals, or even alternative rock vocals sounds like nothing that preceded it. Punk is too raw and unprofessional. And metal was either too polished, or brutal to have mass appeal. So new types of vocal styles emerged, that were either hit or miss.

The vocals in this track are absolutely phenomenal. It’s got the energy and rawness of punk, while maintaining a degree of tenderness that wouldn’t be found in most rock tracks. Which allows this emotional rollercoaster of a song to commence.

We’ve been 20 years plus of without the 90’s, and it’s a shame that most of the musical innovation that was accomplished during that time is being forgotten, simplified, and outright bastardized. Luckily for you and me there are bands like Death and Daddy Issues that are keeping the spirit of the 90’s alive. And with that I give this song my full recc. Please check it out!


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