Praise – “All In A Dream” LP (black vinyl)
Made up of members Andy Norton, Anthony Dye, Austin Stemper, Chris Bavaria, and, not least Daniel Fang (best drummer of his generation? I think so), collectively known for playing in bands like Turnstile, Have Heart, Mindset, Angel Dust, and many others. From the start, way back in 2009, Praise pulled deeply from the roots of mid-’80s DC hardcore – The Revolution Summer bands: Dag Nasty, Soulside, Embrace, Rites Of Spring etc. – but with their second full-length they have both refined these influences while also further re-defining their own distinct style of emotive, non-aggressive punk. Eight years since 2014’s Lights Went Out, and six years since 2016’s last offering, the Leave It All Behind 12″ – this is a band that work within their own unusual time-scale – on this 2022 full-length release they have stepped-up their game by fine-tuning their song writing skills (check out the track “Peace Of Mind”, imediately it brings to mind old school Rites Of Spring, Embrace and Rain, but then they drop in an unexpected chord change/hook that instantly makes it all their own), and also utilising the studio talents of Brian McTernan, who has brightened-up their sound, allowing all the hooky melodies to punch through just right.
The first press is shifting quick, and so I grabbed some copies from a different supplier, (rather than direct from the label), thus, these are a little more expensive. Maybe Rev will have more copies (at £20) in the near future, right now I’m not sure…