With a feature on BBC Introducing and a producer who has previously worked with the likes of Motörhead, Funeral For A Friend and Bullet For My Valentine, it’s hard not to be excited about what Leeds alt-rockers Day Old Hate have in store.

As lead vocalist Oliver Swift sings on ‘First Light’, the first single from the band’s forthcoming EP of the same name, it’s not even over yet. In fact, for this band, this is just the beginning.

‘First Light’ was the first track written for the EP, and also the first glimpse of what we can expect from the record, which is to be released on 12th February. If the soaring vocals and relentless drive of this track are anything to go by, Day Old Hate plan on bursting onto the scene with a bang.

“The track captures everything we wanted to put across in the record and is the perfect way to kick it all off”, says guitarist Will Smith of the opening track. “Anyone who is a fan of our previous material will find a lot of familiar features of Day Old Hate that they know and (hopefully) love, but it also delves into new and exciting areas for us as a band.”

Fans of Mallory Knox, You Me At Six and Lower Than Atlantis will surely relish what this band has to offer, and this track is no exception. It has already proved popular at live shows, thanks to its high energy and anthemic chorus, which Smith says “always gets the night started in the right way.”

Lyrically, the song is close to the band’s heart, relaying how they have kept faith through difficult times as a band and had to make important decisions about their future. It is something that other bands trying to get a foot in the door of the music industry can certainly relate to, and in a wider sense many of us are faced with similar dilemmas when trying to move forward in life. Ultimately, though, the band have aimed to put a positive spin on this and are telling their fans not to give up on the paths they have chosen.

Speaking about the EP as a whole, lead vocalist Oliver Swift commented: “We wanted to write better songs than we ever had before. Making brave decisions and pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone was a must; it was an intense experience – we pushed ourselves to write the best rock record we could. Overall, it feels like a more authentic representation of Day Old Hate than anything that’s come before.”

Check out the official video for ‘First Light’ below and be sure to pick up a copy of First Light, available worldwide on 12th February.

Their February UK Tour is supported by The City Is Ours and Painted Soul and includes dates for London and Leeds.

By Emily Mee

Cat lover and Music Writer for Vulture Hound.