A change of name, a new record company and a new album; busy times indeed for Pennsylvania band ‘Superhaven’.

‘Ours is Chrome’ is the band’s first release via the impressive ‘SideOneDummy’ label. The LP is the follow-up to 2013’s ‘Jar’ and the first under their new moniker; the band was forced to change their name from ‘Daylight’ after a legal dispute.

With so many changes it must be comforting for fans that the overall sound remains the same on this 2015 release. The band continues to offer-up howling guitars, well-constructed melodies and addictive choruses. This really is a case as ‘business as usual’ with regards to the material on offer.

And therein lays the problem. Sure this is a well written and well produced album. Also, there appear to be a number of likeable tracks (‘I’ve Been Bored’, ‘Room’ and ‘Leach’) but there seems to be little attempt to contrive anything new. No one is asking the band to re-invent their sound but this release is so similar to its predecessor that it beggars belief.

Given the opportunity to re-brand (so to speak) surely it would have been logical to add something else to their sound? While ‘Jar’ may have been one of the rock high-lights of 2013 this new LP simply demonstrates the band to be a one-trick-pony. It’s incredibly frustrating as their musical talent is quite obvious; some of the guitars on this album are wildly delicious.

It’s a disappointing release that offers little in the way of variety but does offer a glimmer of forthcoming potential.

‘Ours Is Chrome’ is out now on SideOneDummy Records

The full track-listing for ‘Ours Is Chrome’ is as follows…

‘I’ve Been Bored’

‘Next to Nothing’

‘Room’

‘All the Pain’

‘Leach’

‘Downswing’

‘Blur’

‘Gushin’ Blood’

‘Dig Into Me’

‘From the Chest Down’

‘Poor Aileen’

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