The first thing that hits you about this band is definitely the vocals, which almost sound a little too ‘clean’ and ‘melodic’ for a punk band. At first they do sound a bit out of place but once you’ve given the album a few more listens, they really grow on you and give a different side to the band rather than the same-old generic snarling vocals you hear in so many punk bands these days, which is great!
Urban Campfire Songs is an all-round good mix of songs with all your usual singalong half-chanted, half-sung choruses but one song that really stands out from the crowd is the magnificent Blind Horses, which actually utilises violin. On the outside, perhaps this is a formula that shouldn’t work, but to say that it fits in seamlessly is an understatement. It adds so much to the song, giving it an extra edge, and it’s something a little different, really working in the band’s favour.
Although the rest of the album isn’t a largely adventurous release, which is a shame because of the individuality of Blind Horses, it’s a great album and Daggerplay have shown a lot of promise and potential within it. An album well worth your time to check out.