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Song You Need to Know: Daily J, ‘After You’

Daily J were named as one of the nominees for the 2023 Panhead Rolling Stone Aotearoa Awards last week

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Last week, the nominations for the 2023 Panhead Rolling Stone Aotearoa Awards were announced, featuring heavyweights like Six60, The Beths, Fazerdaze, and BENEE.

In the Best Single category, there were some less established but still very exciting nominees. Among them was Daily J, a summery indie rock band made up of three brothers – Jayden, Jonny, and Jesse – alongside two close friends, Cody and Rick.

The five-piece earned their nomination through “Lost In Time”, a sublime collaboration with Boo Seeka, but the focus today is on another of their tracks, “After You”.

The track was born when Jayden headed to Australia on a songwriting trip, and was particularly inspired by someone’s heartbreaking story that he witnessed while on the road. After spending two days with Joel Quartermain and Edwin White (Vance Joy) in Melbourne, “After You” quickly came together.

Premiering on Rolling Stone AU/NZ today, the music video for “After You” brings to life the light psychedelia of the track. The clip conjures mildly euphoric visions, and make sure to play close attention to the recurring sightings of a Donnie Darko-esque rabbit figure.

The music video is the work of Auckland director Dylan Martin, who started working with the band earlier this year as their creative director. Fans should prepare to see more of Martin’s work – a short film documenting the band’s recent tour is currently in production and set for release later this year.

“After You” featured on Daily J’s recently released EP, Slush Honey: Side B, which also contained the aforementioned “Lost In Time”. The second half of their second album, Slush Honey, Daily J promoted Side B with an Australian and New Zealand tour, selling out shows across both countries.

And the band will make a hasty return to Australia to appear at Yours and Owls this October, aiming to grow their fanbase Down Under.