Music Addict (review): Tonight Alive’s new sound makes you ‘reconsider’
PWNZ Like: From First to Last, We Are the In Crowd, Paramore, My Arcadia
The Australian quintet Tonight Alive, which came onto the scene last year and captured the hearts of Australians and Americans alike, has returned with a three-song EP, Consider Thisreleased via Sony/Columbia Records on Oct. 4. Although they are a relatively new band, Tonight Alive have successfully established their sound as colorful pop punk, beginning with their debut albums All Shapes and Disguises.
But with their latest EP, the band expands on the darker side of rock. Singer Jenna McDougall has striking silken and slightly-accented vocals, backed by Whakaio and Jake Hardy’s dark brooding guitars, Cameron Adler’s funky bass, and Matt Best’s relentless rapid-fire drums. Unlike most bands releasing their sophomore debut, Tonight Alive are not afraid to stray from the grid work they laid out on All Shapes and Disguises.
The edgy opener “Revenge and its Thrills” begins with bone-chilling guitars, reminiscent of My Arcadia. “Revenge” is about breaking out and rebelling, willing to take a stand and unwilling to slow down. The beat of the song is heavy and calculating, definitely head-bang worthy. Although it is angsty and angry, it is vivid and memorable.
“Thank You and Goodnight” sees Tonight Alive revert back to their pop-punk roots. The song is lively and upbeat, bold in its message and honesty. Like We Are the In Crowd, Tonight Alive can be sarcastic but bubbly all at once. The song is charming in its audacity and amusingly catchy in its bittersweetness.
Tonight Alive are an ingenious up-and-coming Aussie band. If Tonight Alive keep pumping out material like Consider This, you can expect to see more of them soon.
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