Premiere time, this time around we welcome the NeoRomantics who are an indie-emo rock outfit based out Tulsa, Okahoma. Along the lines of bigger acts such as Have Mercy, Sorority Noise, and From Indian Lakes, the group releases an emotional and relatable message to their listeners. Both the lyrics and the subject matter have a poignant nature to them but never stray on the side of whining about one’s problems. Overall, the single is a nice transition from the band’s last major release Dearly Beloved which was released in December of 2015.
Not only with their older music but especially with Concentrated the band brings an eclectic mixture of different styles that meld together forming a cohesive sound. This newly developed sound is reflective of their initial sound yet elaborate on and refined to be more mature. Just as with their old music, the lyrics touch on situations which any individual could potentially face, creating some familiarity between the singer and audience. On the vocal side of things, I was pleasantly surprised by how soulful and spot-on their vocalist’s melodies were in relation to the instrumentals. Besides that, I really enjoyed the instrumentation orchestrated by the band, especially around the 3-minute mark when the guitar tremolo picks away on his guitar while the rest of the band pulls off some tight syncopation.
The single has many different interpretations, yet I wanted to know what primarily influenced the lyrical choice. When asked about what inspired the lyrical content of the song, their vocalist Hagen Pavey had this to say.
For me, I suppose the song is about leaving space for growth and learning how to repair that sort of cynical view of relationships that seems to manifest.
While their single Concentrated will be available on all platforms tomorrow January 12th, you can find an exclusive stream to the single right down below!