On their debut, Washington, D.C.’s A Day in Black and White has taken on a trend that seems to be invading hardcore. The band works with soft intricacies and somber atmospheric instrumentals as moody introductions to blistering, driving hardcore songs that I’m pretty sure would make a good soundtrack to bipolar disorder. Heavily and obviously influenced by other instrumental groups like Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Mogwai, A Day in Black and White’s songs are a little curter and slightly more urgent. The infusion of blasting hardcore into moody instrumentals isn’t necessarily a bad thing if done correctly, and My Heroes Have Always Killed Cowboys proves this. Other bands in the budding genre might want to take some notes.