TUNE The Day - Tenderfoot
The Day are Laura Loeters from from Antwerp/Belgium and Hamburg based Gregor Sonnenberg. Since meeting at ArtEZ School of Music in Arnhem the two keep reconciling distances, differences and always new approaches and perspectives. What runs like a thread through all of this is the interest to take charge of things themselves, try out and grow on it together.
While working on new material, the two allow themselves to continue their series of tasteful cover versions. Following their works for label mates Yeah But No and Dakota, their newest pick is "Tenderfoot" by The Lemonheads / Smudge.
"Tenderfoot is a song I listened to a lot when I was 11 years old after I heard my father play it in the car," recalls Gregor. "I rediscovered it when I heard Evan Dando play it at Molotow in Hamburg in early 2019. I always liked its simple short form both musically and lyrically composed nearly like a list of someone taking stock, regaining after a previous letdown."
As for their own approach to the song, he continues: "Being a fan of the song, of course I also loved Dando’s wild careless performance of it, but recently I also got the feeling that the song has a certain soft melodic quality to it that has not been recorded yet. That’s why I played it to Laura and luckily she really liked it, too. Later when it came to recording, everything fell into place very easily and we used all four first takes of Laura’s vocals at the same time. And I still am really happy hearing her interpretation as I feel it adds a new perspective to the song both the music and the lyrics."
The Day is where whimsical Dream Pop meets a DIY ethos learned from hardcore. A sparse, springy and rapturous dynamic alternates with a wildly imaginative dream-pop harmony, rock and synths create just as inspiring contrasts as night-cool, reduced post-punk references. This is continued in the songs by themes that connect and contrast the private and the political as often as possible. The Day's music expresses utopia as well as melancholy in its escapism. After all, The Day is an international long-distance constellation, an almost celebratory pan-European idea of unification (which sadly can't be emphasized too often in recent months).
The Day have recorded two EPs by themselves, and released their debut album "Midnight Parade" in 2019. The band was constantly on the road, supported Kate Tempest live and shared stages with Turnover. And quite incidentally, the two continue to work on formulating their own version of withdrawn, melancholy pop music. The Day is intimate without being intruding and speaks with an inner calmness.