Daylight Robbery - 2011 - Cross your heart...
01. Cross Your Heart
02. Shame On You
03. The Perfect Storm
04. While You Were Sleeping
05. Crossing The Great Divide
07. Real Love Is The Answer
08. Shes’ Got Me Understood
09. 1.000 Points Of Light
10. In The Line Of Fire
Hailing from Birmingham in the UK, Daylight Robbery was formed in September of 2010. Since then the band have shared the bill with Rock Legends It Bites, toured with Uriah Heep and at the beginning of this year on 16/01 to be exact) they put out their debut album ‘Cross Your Heart….’ on their own label Solar Flare.
Over the past 8 months the disc has received its share of critical acclaim worldwide but until a few weeks ago I had never heard of these guys !
So many thanks to Tony & Marc for getting in contact with me and sending me the album.
The story of Daylight Robbery is slightly different from the usual band histories as its members already played together during the early 90s but then eventually broke up without having released an album.
Vocalist and guitar player Tony Nicholl continued to work in the music industry after the demise of the band and this included playing in various configurations.The contact with fellow six stringer Mark Carleton never ceased however and when the two decided to record some new songs together, it became Daylight Robbery material.
The sound of the band can best be described as melodic/classic rock with touches of AOR.
The album opens very strong with "Cross your heart", a nice guitar driven song with a very good melody and"Shame On You" that uses the same feel and melody but adds a very nice guitar riff .
Up next is "While You Were Sleeping" and this track is a fine showcase of the songwriting potential of the guys while "Crossing The Great Divide" is the only slower song on the album with some nice piano touches. Here Tony proves again to be an excellent singer and his voice on this particular cut reminds me bit of none other than Tony Mills.
"Reunite"is a mixture of hard rock and the very melodic style showcased at the beginning of this album and in my opinion is the ground on which Daylight Robbery move best and are able to show their full potential.
The classic hard rock of "She's Got Me Understood" continues the disc in style but on the following "1000 Points Of Light” the album takes a dip cause it's the one song that doesn't seem to fit with the rest of the material. I can't put my finger on it but it sounds like another band...
Closing track "In The Line of Fire" is fortunately another fine piece of melodic rock with a starring role for the beautiful voice of Tony Nicholl. This is no doubt the style that suits them best.
“Cross Your Heart” is an independent release… meaning that the band needs your support in order to go further and deliver more great music in the future.
The album comes dressed in a nice cardboard CD package and is blessed with a super production job.
Personally I would like to see the lyrics inlcuded but that's just my opinion.
Daylight Robbery is definitely a band to watch out for in 2012 and I hope to see them perform live in the near future.
Tony Nicholl - Vocals / Guitar
Mark Carleton - Guitar / Backing Vox
Colin Murdoch - Bass / Backing Vox
Duncan Cook - Keyboards
Ben Dixon - Drums
Last Updated (Thursday, 27 September 2012 15:59)