The Take Off and Landing of Everything
Band of Skulls
Formed by Matt Walst the brother of Brad (Three Days Grace’s bass player), My Darkest Days is the latest commercial modern rock band to try and make an impact in the mainstream.
Hailing from the same stable that has given us Hinder, The Veer Union and Jet Black Stare and with a seal of approval from Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger, you half-know what to expect.
Three years in the making after eventually signing to Chad Kroeger and Joey Moi’s Mountain View Imprint label, the band’s self-titled debut, although generic, is chock full of hard hitting tunes well suited to radio airplay. Bringing to mind Mutt Lange-era Def Leppard on the crass but hook heavy cock rocker ‘Porn Star Dancing’, one of the many Kroeger co-writes to pepper the album, intimates the mainstream appeal, whilst more than enough finesse is apparent on songs like the ballad ‘Every Lie’ and ‘Like Nobody Else’ to suggest that genuine talent lies beneath. Matt Walst has dabbled with other genres of music in his distant past-including Hip-Hop- and this becomes evident on the reggae tinged ‘Set It On Fire’ and the layered harmony of ‘Can’t Forget You’.
With a slightly short running time, when you take into account the repetition of ‘Porn Star Dancing’ and the poor ‘F***ed Up Situation’ as bonus tracks, this debut album is nevertheless an extremely worthy romp through all that is good in modern radio friendly rock today.