Prescription drugs and menial work. A ‘Daydream’ with Sapphire Blues.

‘Daydream’ has a way with visual imagery and glistens with a deep understanding of it’s lyrical output.

Words by Karl Johnson

If you’ve had the pleasure of perusing through one of Sapphire Blues‘ social media profiles you might have noticed the “not a blues band” sign hammered onto their bio. The fact that someone could possibly stumble across their gloomy and driving post-punk sound looking for a quick fix of blues music has always made me chuckle. I suppose the fact that the band sing about what makes themselves, and our society on the whole, blue, kind of makes them a blues band, I’m sure they wouldn’t agree.

Their new single Daydream arrives via London label Blitzcat Records, and it’s arguably their best release yet. The Bristol trio have a way of balancing energy and emotion with a certain underlying tension, their fourth release to date offers an intricate lyrical delivery that catches you off-guard with it’s shift in tact and style.

“Daydream is a song inspired by a book not worth reading,” state the band “the age-old story of being overworked and underpaid. Lyrically, the song was pieced together over a fair few years of struggling to make ends meet. It touches upon the ever-increasing prescription of anti-depressant drugs and how they, in my own experience, serve to make you cold-blooded in the face of menial work..”

The guitar tone and rhythmic licks often threatens something jazz-inspired, but the backbone of rigid drums and a bass growl says something different. Daydream has a way with visual imagery and offers much more than your average post-punk number, it glistens with a deep understanding of it’s lyrical output. Find the band on Spotify here.