It seems like so many years ago when I first heard Division Dayâ€™s Beartrap Island. And it was. I interviewed the band and found them all to be a very approachable, down-to-earth group of guys. Iâ€™m pretty sure it was my first interview on my original site (which has since been destroyed). Well, theyâ€™ve made it big. Snatched up by Eenie Meenie Records, the band has re-released (with some new material) their phenomenal debut album, Beartrap Island. And guess what? Itâ€™s still great.
Lots of albums donâ€™t age well, but DDâ€™s music is as fresh now as it was in â€™04. The dynamic single, â€œTigers,â€ with frenetic drumming (mostly cymbals) and shouted harmonies; the odd, digital squeaking underneath the spoken whisper of â€œIs It True What They Say?â€; the sinister thumping rhythm of â€œLifeblood,â€ underneath surprising tough vocals; the almost mock-optimism of â€œTo The Woods;â€ . . . And if Tap Tap Click Click doesnâ€™t make you want to run out and buy a ticket to their next show, you might be crazy. Or you just donâ€™t like good music. This is simply a phantastic collection of tunes. Unapologetically indie rock, but without any mope or â€˜80s throwback riffs, Division Day have made one of the most energetic, live-sounding albums of the year.
And they made it three years ago.