What happens when you love to dress up like a gorilla and eat pizza? Well, you might be Kay Day, a 25-year-old punk rock singer and comedian from New York’s Brooklyn borough. After being featured in music videos for multiple bands including All Time Low, Amity Affliction, and MAX, having a year-long stint as a staff member for TMZ, and releasing her first demo entitled “I Wanna Be Dating Satan” in late 2015 to high praise, Kay Day decided it was time to get serious about her music at long last.
Her debut EP Exes was produced by Craig Owens in the Metro 37 Recording Studio in Detroit, Michigan. It was released on November 15th, 2016 on both iTunes and Bandcamp to high reviews. And it is easy to see why.
In a time where most music is being over-produced, incorporates mediocre rapping or singing over samples from bigger and better artists, and popularity consists of who has the most Twitter followers or dopest diss track, Kay Day’s music is raw, fun, and takes you back to the days of simple punk. In fact, the only complaint that I have about Exes is that it is so short. Coming in at under ten minutes in length, this is a rather short album (even for an EP); however, the tracks are enjoyable enough that it doesn’t make me feel like I wasted my money.
Exes opens with “High And Dry”, the album’s second single. It features a catchy melody, honest lyrics about a relationship suffering from a party lifestyle, and strong vocals by Kay Day. Her band, The Rad Shafts, do a great job at making this track really “rock”, and all-together this sounds like something that belongs on a Crazy Taxi or Tony Hawk soundtrack. “High And Dry” is truly the strongest song on Exes and showcases that this not-reformed party girl has great talent. A music video for “High And Dry” also dropped on November 23rd, 2016 to positive reviews on YouTube.
Next up is “Vegas Law”, one of the abnormally short songs on Exes. It is less than two minutes long and documents a relationship that Kay Day experienced on a trip to Las Vegas in her early twenties. This song is fast and crazy, which is exactly how this trip and relationship went. It opens with Kay Day meeting a guy and partying with him. By the end, she reminisces on how Vegas will quickly break your bank account and promiscuity runs rampant, but if you are creatively-minded you can find a way to have a great time in this LED-infused city.
Third on the list is “His Name Is Paul”, Exes’s first single and the other abnormally short song on the album, totaling a mere 58 seconds long. On a full album, these shorter tracks will not be an issue, but having half of the album’s tracks coming in at under two full minutes definitely contributed to Exes’s short length. “His Name Is Paul” was originally released as a single and tease for Exes back in July 01st, 2016 with an accompanying music video, and it tells the story of a one-night stand that Kay Day experienced with an Australian man.
We end Exes with “Exclusive”, my personal favourite on the album. “Exclusive” tells the tale of a friends-with-benefits sort of situation that turns into something more, more to both parties’ confusion and chagrin. Like “High And Dry”, “Exclusive” reminds me of a typical, nineties punk rock song with honest storytelling, strong guitar riffs, and a beat that makes you want to dance and headbang to the music. “Exclusive” ends with a slower breakdown that is perfect for ending Exes. It makes “Exclusive” the type of song that you would want played last at a concert, so Kay Day made a wise choice in ending her album this way.
Overall Rating: 4.5/5 stars.
Exes is a fun experience that I have found myself listening to on repeat several times since its release. I couldn’t give it the full five starts due to the length of the EP, but that is the only negative thing that I have to say about the album.
Looking back on Kay Day’s exclusive “I Wanna Be Dating Satan” release, it is easy to see the growth in her vocals and lyricism. Whereas “I Wanna Be Dating Satan” was more of a fun one-shot sort of song, Exes proves that Kay Day isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. And she shouldn’t.
I am looking forward to the release a full-length Kay Day album, and I highly recommend that all rock fans give Exes a listen.