It’s the first I’ve heard of July Days musically to be honest, not good enough really as the Melbourne based indie-rock band, have been played together since late 2008 and they’re former winnners of the 2013 Australian Independent Music Award for rock album of the year; Self-evidence of their ability from first track ‘Get Into The Ring’ is a warmer introduction to the band’s take on rock come indie, ‘Should’ve Told Me’ is another noticeable song early doors, that works nicely with enough of a committed emotional vocal and some good guitar-work. But as ‘The Nights For Hunting’ progresses just not often enough for me, that July Days hit the mark. it’s not as if they are letting themselves down, everything is there, possibly without a clearer direction, a often used narrative of love and loss can go a long long way, but many have spoken soft and painful words so apt and meaningful they virtually leave a mark. July Days steer a course, just dizzy trying to plot where.
‘Electric Love’ with a heavier feel and a chorus line of “Your Love’s Electric, yeah” hardly too poetic, not even a case of synapses firing, to the heartfelt ‘Nothing As It Seems’ that works lyrically and falls down at the production with too many “whoa-oo-oo’s” by half. Constructs, tags and colours, July Days have them, but they’re not for are not firing together creatively too well.
The single ‘Photos’ seems more and more commercially focused, and the better ‘Kill For My Heart’ both of which have been well received and deservedly so. The band have a fair release in ‘The Nights For Hunting’ album, with a clutch of good songs, not repeated on a number of album tracks elsewhere sadly, signs that this album was built for radio, but their is just barely enough hopefully to keep fans happy. 7.1/10