Written by: Jonathan Velazquez
Daughters - ‘You Won’t Get What You Want’
Label: Ipecac Recordings
Release Date: October 26, 2018
Over eight years have passed since Rhode Island’s Daughters have released a manic composition of sound and fury. The origins of this band saw primal screaming and calculating bursts, forged into a cleaner and maniacal performance by the time their self titled album reach our ears. After splitting up and getting back together, the band considered their trajectory and decided to put off recording until they could be satisfied with what was surfacing. 2013 would see an official return to the stage. 2016 would see touring and ventures into the studio into 2018. Daughters are now set to release You Won’t Get What You Want, via Ipecac Records.
Vocalist Alexis S.F. Marshall’s persistence in the band’s evolution of sound helped create the better albums of their career with each effort. Enough time had passed between their previous work for everyone to take different roads and explore different bands before coming back to Daughters with new ideas, only to be shelved and experimented on again until they got what they wanted. That form of thinking created what I believe to be their best album to date. YWGWYW is a progression in the band’s ability and a triumph of sound. It’s something very Daughters, and at the same time, very different from anything they’ve ever set themselves to create.
From the moment the record begins with “City Song”, it’s blindingly obvious that there is something new. A much slower, ominous sounding band fuzzes into formation alongside ASFM’s haunting repetition, blurring noise and blast together into a six minute brick of a track, thrown through your sensory window. With only half a minute to process the change in style at the end of the track, a familiar track surfaces. “Long Road, No Turns”, which was debuted during the 2016 tour with an energy matched in technical execution and energetic burst on the record. That same steady but slightly sped approach in lyrical delivery is now accompanied by a harrowing convergence of noise we know to be Nick Sadler on guitar and crew.
My personal favorite on the record is the third track and first single, “Satan In The Wait.” That slower approach, drawn out through an unheard of seven minutes by Daughters, is thought out and builds like a Lungfish cut. Visual lyrics and a composition of almost opera-like sound guide you by the hand through constant rhythm, until you’re left in the ether of a clearing. ASFM repeats possibly the album’s most powerful lines:
“Today’s gonna feel like tomorrow someday, tomorrow’s gonna feel like yesterday.”
The album is full of thought inducing lyrics, so much to the point where you find yourself starting the tracks again because you linger on the idea so much. That might just be me though. ASFM has a way with words in that respect, and the band has a way with jackknife precision and contrasting sound to compliment. The group goes even further into experimentation with the nod to Nick Cave on “Less Sex”, creating a very seductive jewel in the middle of an already remarkable album. Simple and bluesy in structure, it’s very different but not unlike them, considering their last record (Sweet Georgia Brown). I welcome the longer songs and the dragged out opportunities to appreciate the methodical approach on YWGWYW.
Another personal highlight, “Ocean Song,” is clash and strike behind ASFM, with consistent blast and bomb, before calming down and clearing the field for battle again and again, verse to verse, just before going quiet and dropping nuclear assault on the ears. An orchestra of sound only fit for Satan himself. Absolutely haunting and beautiful. I don’t think Daughters were capable of this monumental effort in their past, but the time away has brought them to a new plateau in their career as music/noise makers. You Won’t Get What You Want is clearly their best work.
1. City Song
2. Long Road, No Turns
3. Satan In The Wait
4. The Flammable Man
5. The Lords Song
6. Less Sex
8. The Reason They Hate Me
9. Ocean Song
10. Guest House