Empty Days and Sleepless Nights
Massachusetts-based DEFEATER has been hailed as “a new artistic peak for hardcore” by Punknews.org and their sophomore
full-length release, Empty Days & Sleepless Nights, further cements the accolade. Empty Days & Sleepless Nights is a
fourteen-song double LP (single CD) and the first four tracks showcase a new, acoustic side of the band that sounds a lot like
Rocky Votolato and Ryan Adams. However, they return to their hardcore roots and deliver ten huge-sounding, heavy and
catchy tracks to round out the album. Empty Days & Sleepless Nights is an absolute masterpiece.
DEFEATER has become known for their story-like approach to hardcore music and the band is unique in the sense that
each of their songs reads as a narrative chapter from a novel. Each of their albums is an embellished piece of fiction set in
post-WWII America in a broken home, and Empty Days & Sleepless Nights runs parallel to their first album, Travels. This new
story is a must-have release for any early fan of the band in addition to any fan of honest and intelligent music.