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Self-proclaimed “alternative rock for the weak-hearted,” Hideaway brings us their debut EP, Daybreak. Dosed with a mixture of progressive chords, whaling voices and nostalgic ’90s post-hardcore, the five songs sing of love, despair and nostalgia. Tracks like “Memories” and “Daybreak” are easily reminiscent of bands like The Movielife or Jimmy Eat World, with gritty vocals and heartfelt lyrics like, “What I wouldn’t give to make this last forever.” Others (“Take Me Away,” “Sinkhole” and “Closer”) show the band dipping into a dreamlike, nonchalant style similar to what you might see from The Smashing Pumpkins.

With the slew of underground alternative rock bands like Balance and Composure and Misser popping up, Hideaway’s turn in recontextualizing the past proves more than worthy. Daybreak is the sort of EP you want to blast while on a night drive through the desert with nowhere to go. Of course, the band knows exactly where it’s going and, most importantly, how to get there.


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