Photo Aaron Richter
You would think merging three members of Wild Yaks, Harlem and The Siberians would make for unrivaled garage-rock upheaval, but Daytona nurses the morning hangover instead of agitating it. At first, the trio’s just-released Storm So Long EP sounds as effortless as their untidy counterparts: guitars just sort of tumble into place over seesawing melodies and plaintive lyrics that toe the happy/sad line—happy if blaring from speakers, the saddest ever if listening through headphones. The line, “I know you say you’re going away/Why don’t you stay?” lingers a little too long for it all to be happenstance, though. That’s the age-old secret, right? Mask the emotion with buoyant pop; then it doesn’t hurt as much.
Favorite NYC venue?
Living Bread Deli. We played out first show there last summer opening for Friends. It was amazing to play in the blue light of a deli menu, with a rack of Doritos behind us. We want to play more house parties, so email us if you have shows at your house.
What New York band from the past has had the biggest influence on your sound?
Arthur Russell, Talking Heads, not that we sound like either of them, really, but we love them. David Byrne has an open invitation to join the band.
Favorite song about NYC?
“Big Shot” by Billy Joel.
On tour for a month, what album would get the most play in the van?
Take One by Hallelujah Chicken Run Band. It’s jubilant and heart-wrenching revolutionary music from 70s Zimbabwe. You’d have to be a very difficult person not to like this record.
Ideal four-band bill
Wild Yaks, Clear Plastic Masks, Busy Busy Busy and us, too, if there’s time.
Ideal four-band bill (dream):
Bob Marley, Tom Petty, Bob Marley, and us again if there’s time.
If you had to relocate to another city, where would you go?
What’s the third largest city in Tahiti?