Expanding upon the musical palette of The Mean Way In EP, Divsion Day release a full-length album of material that is even more exciting, balanced, and varied in composition with Beartrap Island. The record starts off with a sustain-heavy guitar line and bursts into the next song 'Catch Your Death'. It's the first of many tracks showcasing the band's strongest and most enjoyable points; frenetic drumming, tight/jangly guitars, and passionate vocals. These elements are all intertwined with dreamy keyboards and bass that float in and out between the patterns of each song.
Division Day never specifically focus on one instrument as main event. Instead they utilize their musical craftsmanship and the ability to write catchy hooks that all blend together forming pop songs that are intricate and full of bright melodies.The attention-grabbing rhythms and soaring vocals on 'Lights Out' and 'To The Woods' hold your attention so well because there's so much great stuff to listen to within the song. 'Colorguard' is dreamy, romantic sounding, like a modern take on a mid-eighties new wave slow-jam. It could easily pass as a radio single. You know when you hear the sound of guitar feedback you're in for a banger. The anticipation on 'Tap-Tap, Click-Click' is awesome and possibly the catchiest number with it's cool angular guitars notes and pulsating rhythms. The band takes it down a notch on 'Dayenu'. This track is a nice "breather", softer in tone but still as emotionally invested as the other rockers.
Every track on Beartrap Island is so cohesive that you know just form a single listen that these guys eat and breathe their music. The song sound complete and showcase every band member as an equal. If there's anything that clearly stands out on it's own it's the danceable rhythms and fun that emanates through every track. Division Day are not just a fun band to listen to, they have "staying power". It's that rare quality of honest songwriting and emotional intensity that keeps you on your toes for many albums to come.