Daylight Robbery - “Victim of the Late World”
There are several bands that go by the name Daylight Robbery. This post regards Chicago’s Daylight Robbery, a trio comprised of bassist/vocalist Christine Wolf, guitarist/vocalist David Wolf, and drummer Jeff Rice. They combine a gritty, generally mid-tempo Midwestern punk sound with emotive vocals from Christine and David, who bring to mind X’s Exene Cervenka and John Doe.
Formed in 2005, the band recorded two EPs a couple years later (Washtenaw and the Red Tape EP) after solidifying their lineup. Their debut LP Through the Confusion, from 2010, is definitely one of the most consistent records I’ve heard as of late. The band pound through ten tracks of the vocalists playing off each other over a dark, Wipers-like undertone. The bass bounces along, the lyrics are thoughtful, and the guitar riffs are catchy—check out “White Sheets in the Street”, for example. “Ignominious Defeat” is another favorite. In September of 2011, they did a three-way split with Portland’s Defect Defect and Boston’s Foreign Objects, which included “Flat City” and “Patience Loser”. They’ve done a lot of touring throughout the U.S., covering the east and west coasts, and various shows in between. No idea what plans are in the works, but another record would really be nice.
Here’s a clip of the band playing at Ladyfest Boston 2012. All of their music is available for free on Bandcamp. You can buy physical copies of their two EPs and LP from Residue Records.