Midwest Hype: DAYGLOW
Midwest Hype of Chicago have recently released their newest album “DAYGLOW” which is a perfect way to describe their music. The albums smooth melodies and quick lyrics make any day glow and are the perfect reminder of summer. The 7-piece band brings together members from three different Midwest states and with such a diversity offers a sound that is unique. One of the things I enjoy about this album the most is the diversity in sounds from one track to the next. Midwest Hype displays their talent in genre bending by exploring musical styles from surf rock, hip-hop, reggae, and punk rock. “All is Water” displays the bands surf rock sound while giving vocal anthems that tell us to “Keep that loving strong” which is a motto we could all stand to live by.
On the flip side of the coin we have “Do or Die” which brings to mind the skater punk rock of my childhood. Ripping guitar solos and fast paced lyrics take me back to the days of being hung up at the skate park for hours with friends. While the lyrics lean towards the aggressive “Do or Die” attitude of the skate park. Listening closely makes those same lyrics inspiring and uplifting.
Midwest Hype puts the capstone on the album with a political anthem “People of America.” A song that conjures up feelings of equality and happiness. The message comes at a time when political power and government are at the forefront of the media attention. Instead of going to war over our ideas we are asked “What gives us the right?” Something that really attracts me to this song is the way I can compare it to the great music that came out of generations before us that were also struggling politically. It is relieving to see musicians and artists from all walks of life joining together to share a message so meaningful and beautiful at a time in which hate, greed, and dishonesty are so abundant.
This album really does have a little bit of something in store for everyone and is available for just $6 from their Bandcamp page, which is less than just about any meal I eat from a restaurant. From the same page you can also stream the album for FREE, so don’t miss out on at least giving it a listen. For the price and the quality of the music it’s definitely one I would suggest picking up. For more information and tour dates you can visit Midwest Hype’s Facebook page, and also their website.