All The Day Holiday, a quartet from Cincinnati, OH, plays music that’s just as catchy as their name. Made up of Daniel Simmons (guitar and vocals), David Roller (bass and keys), Mark Ventura (drums and percussion), and Nathan Frisch (lead guitar), these guys have created a unique and exciting sound. Their album, The Things We’ve Grown to Love, released in August of 2009, and it’s brilliant.
All The Day Holiday’s sound is what I would call organic. Their sound is full of intricacies and movement, but it all flows together so naturally they make it seem simple and organic. On their MySpace they call themselves a “jam band,” and the way everything flows together so smoothly proves their point. The guitars echo softly, the bass-line flows beneath them backed by drum beats that lead the listener along, and the vocals seem just a bit distant yet remain entirely captivating.
Coupled with the instrumentals and overall sound is the the depth of the lyrics. There’s an obvious emphasis on nature and relationships between people. Touching on everything from longing for love to avoiding an uninspired life, each song tugs at a different shade of human emotion.
Here are five standout songs.
“Autumn”- The opening track begins with distant vocals backed by a steady bass line and acoustic guitar for the first verse, then bursts into an instrumental introduction followed by a bridge. “And we fly / we soar through the story of our lives” drifts through the speakers and sets the tone for the song and album. The keys and percussion crescendo and fit the “just let it happen” attitude of the song. Towards the end of the song Simmons swoons, “I promise you we’ll make it out alive / I promise you we’ll see a brand new light.” It’s as if Simmons is setting up the entire experience of the album. The album journeys through the highs in life, but also the lows, but in the end the listener comes away with a new and better perspective.
“2000 Winters”- The third track and one of my top two favorites. It has a similar introduction with a delicate guitar intro and distant, almost haunting vocals. This is a love song, tapping into the emotion of pure and unwavering love. “I’ll take you wherever you want to go / I’ll see you through the night / you are here so come in / I want you to be so close my dear / ’cause I love you so / do you really know?” Brilliance. This is a lyrically driven song, but the instruments pair perfectly, matching the mood of the song throughout.
“The Things We’ve Grown To Love” – The title track is a definite foot-tapper and head-bobber. The rhyme scheme is quick and the music is upbeat for the first 1:30 of the song, slowly winding down into a bridge at the 2:00 mark. Then a slow but steady drumroll crescendo into the last chorus is a beautiful build-up with the inspiring lyrics “We’re holding on to the things we’ve grown to love / we won’t, and don’t want to, let go.” There’s also a subtle trumpet part in the background as yet another layer of perfectly meshed instrumental aspects. Again, a wonderfully crafted piece of music.
“Flowers and Fireworks”- If you hadn’t found a song that “soars” up until this point in the album, you certainly will have after this song. It truly does soar. A song of the joys of youth and a carefree life, and how comforting it is to find something to allow us to return to that feeling, “Flowers and Fireworks” may be the standout track on the album as far as pure musical, emotional force. It’s a truly uplifting song, highlighting the carefree attitude in “Autumn” with the final words, “Why did I ever need to control?“
“Invisible”- The final track on the album. If “Autumn” was designed to take you away and start you on a journey through ATDH’s music and out of reality, “Invisible” was designed to bring you back. A stripped down, acoustic and technically simple song. No sweeping movements, bridges, or build-ups and breakdowns. This song is a bare-bones acoustic love song. And while it may not “fit” with the style of the rest of the album, it does serve a definite purpose: it wraps up the album, and brings the listener back uplifted, as though the album was written with them in mind as Simmon’s sings, “It was all invisible to me/you were the only one that I could see.“
Overall, this album is one of my favorites. It’s refreshing, relaxing, and just plain good. Inspiring lyrics backed by well crafted music that can truly take you away from the troubles and trials of life is tough to come by. Check these guys out