Many things trigger me negatively these days. One of the big ones is people who refuse to wear masks in a supermarket. JUST PUT IT ON. Another is individuals who are filled with unnecessary hate for anyone who isn’t white or straight or male. Wouldn’t you instead put all that energy into helping and healing? The list goes on.
Wait! What? This is a music review? Hang on, let me swing this around. When I listen to a song, I’m often triggered by the imagery (nailed it), and once you mention muscle cars, school hardships, singing along with the radio and a fellow named Jonny, I’m hooked. That is precisely what Ontario-based alt-rock band Delta Days have done on their new single, Jonny.
Released through Wel-Pel Records, Jonny lures you in with a majestic guitar riff that glides and echoes with the best of them. The vocal delivery is understated, but oozes with charisma, and is helped along by a rock of a drum beat and a bass line that does the heavy meandering, keeping the verses fresh and exciting. The highlight of the song is the chorus. It’s repetitive and features an infectious vocal hook that will rattle in your head for hours. Overall, the band execute some extremely tight lo-fi indie that covers you in its blanket of chill vibes. It drifts along, subtly evolving until you hit play again and live through our hero Jonny once more.
Jonny is all the things you love about indie, implemented to significant effect. Jangly guitars. Secure rhythm foundations. Melodic bass. A crooning, lad-like vocal that’s coupled with an atmospheric, echo-drenched experience that is relentless as it is restrained. Man, I remember being Jonny – “you will not live forever, you can not run away”.