Call On Me


The Daybreakers

The Daybreakers backstory

Formed in 2019 and counting Jeff Beck among their biggest fans, London trio The Daybreakers are on a roll.

Frontman, songwriter and producer Aidan Connell performed with Gary Clark Jr and Seasick Steve before striking out with his new band.

And anyone seeking to pigeon-hole this eclectic three-piece better think twice.

Imagine a heady mix of The Jesus And Mary Chain, The Cure, Captain Beefheart and Thin Lizzy…and you’re only halfway there. 

The Daybreakers’ febrile live shows are already a thing of legend.

And debut single Black Beatles On The Radio set heads spinning and tongues wagging.

Follow-up I Hate Rock N Roll further underpinned their reputation as ones to watch.

But new single Call On Me pushes the envelope and pulls you in.

In frontman Aidan Connell’s own words:

Call On Me is a non-sentimental post-lockdown anthem addressing mental health and depression.

“It focuses on the importance of being able to reach out to others when feeling isolated.”

The verdict on Call On Me

Like Marmite or a pint of mild, Aidan Connell’s mournful tone is an acquired taste.

And the singer’s Morrissey-meets-Robert Smith refrain will send a whole gang of Rushonrock readers running for cover.

But for the bravest souls, there’s something strangely alluring about this hazy throwback to the classic era of mid 80s pop rock.

Call On Me leans on a luscious melody and a bassline so benevolent it’s like receiving your favourite rhythm gift-wrapped.

This is a song that fuses thought-provoking lyrics with a subtle soundscape reminiscent of The Cure’s glory days.

Then, of course, there’s Connell.

Beneath the surface there’s bound to be an angst-ridden anthem warrior patiently waiting for his chance to pounce.

But, for now, we’ve been treated to the disarming side of The Daybreakers’ charismatic frontman.

And it might well be Connell’s best side.

Call On Me is a call for togetherness. Count us in.

What’s next for The Daybreakers

Expect the band to feature in future Starship events at London’s The Troubador after the live music and club night returned last weekend.

Wider UK dates and further single releases are in the pipeline.