Superheaven (formerly Daylight) with Sheet Ghost, Chalk and Armslength

Thursday • Southgate House Revival

Superheaven (Photo: Shervin Lainez)
Superheaven (Photo: Shervin Lainez)

Just a few weeks ago, Daylight was out on the road with Bayside, Four Year Strong and Cincinnati’s very own Mixtapes, tearing things up good and proper and getting great notices for their efforts. Apparently, lawyers were paying particular attention, as well. A Spanish Punk band also dubbed Daylight, with a 10-year history and a fairly extensive catalog, sent out the word that the Doylesville, Pa., quartet could no longer operate under the Daylight moniker, necessitating the band’s rechristening to Superheaven.

As Shakespeare (or someone dressed just like him) once noted, a rose by any other name will still rock your nuts into the turf. Or words to that effect.

Superheaven (as Daylight, of course … transitions are always weird) has spent the past six years establishing a solid reputation as an energetic and explosive band with an affinity for classic Grunge and Emo. After a handful of EPs that were slightly more inclined toward their Punk/Pop influences, the foursome began to absorb more elements of ’90s Grunge/Emo avatars like The Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Dinosaur Jr. and Foo Fighters. As a result, the band’s full-length debut, 2013’s Jar, was hailed as a major breakthrough for its adrenalized musical approach and the band’s passionate vocal delivery of its introspectively heart-rending and often bleak lyrics.

Jar was almost universally praised for making good on the potential that the band (guitarist/vocalists Taylor Madison and Jake Clarke, bassist Joe Kane and new drummer Zack Robbins; original drummer John Bowes recently left to concentrate on his T-shirt business) had been displaying over the previous five years, and Superheaven now has the unenviable job of maintaining that momentum under a completely different name, which they seem to be managing with a savvy social media campaign and an incredibly loyal fan base.

What’s next for the freshly minted Superheaven? Almost anything, it would seem.

SUPERHEAVEN plays Southgate House Revival on Thursday, May 29. Tickets/more info here.

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