THE JURY & THE SAINTS: Daydreams
By Kate Foster
I love a sense of humour and when this little number came slinging across my desk I was immediately alerted to the ultra budget and somewhat WTF packaging. Peeling it open the label of giant behemoth Universal Music, and the rather less behemoth but incredibly worthy name of Deadboy Records, emblazoned on the disc piqued my interest further. A flood of upbeat, protein power-packed, PMA energy cascaded into my ears. There’s not much I can divulge about this album that won’t sound like a rave so, for the record, I wasn’t mad about the synths and keyboards. Unless this is the signature sound they are going for, it just grated on me, but I am getting old. The drumming on ‘Daydreams’ is so solid and consistent that you could be forgiven for thinking they are programmed. Not so, the patterns come with precision and anger from Rowan Crowe, one of the most constantly smiling men in NZ punk/hardcore. You may well cringe when you see Australian Idol’s Stan Walker is featuring on a track entitled Patience. Haters beware! The Walker agenda with this one is strong and he adds a perfect dimension of depth to this track and by this to the whole album. The Jury & the Saints are strutting that they know what they want and how to get it. If you haven’t already be introduced to them from their live shows, C4 ad sound beds or by your kid sister, prepare to suspend your grumpy jaded ways and have some fun with this.