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Black Heart Symphony

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Stalwart local band The Day After returns from a dalliance with indie label Gotham Records to self-release its latest album, Black Heart Symphony, the first with new drummer Daniel Kloza. Despite the lineup change, the band sounds mostly the same, delivering the solid alt-rock tunes that have been its stock in trade for nearly a decade. There aren’t quite as many immediate hooks here as there have been on past releases, but Black Heart grows in impact the more you listen to it, and songs like the title track and “A Tiny Dusty Arsenal” have an appealing intensity that builds over time.

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The Day After: Black Heart Symphony
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The only notable departure comes on the opening instrumental intro and album closer “Leeches,” both of which feature Chelsea Davis of theSTART. Davis adds an electronic sheen to TDA’s guitar-heavy sound that hints at some promising potential for future developments. Bands like Silversun Pickups have proved there’s still an audience for fuzzed-out alt-rock, and Black Heart places TDA firmly in place to capitalize on that.

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