The intro reminds me of the midi music of old. Now please don’t take that the wrong way, because when it mixes with this guy’s voice its musical perfection. I love his range and the epic nature of his vocal style. I’m betting this guy could rock the shit out of an arena. It’s a poppy/rockish song with a lot of synth work. I’ll be honest I’m not a big fan of building a song on a synthesizer. It’s a personal choice so I don’t hold anything against them as far as the review. The synth music is pretty damn solid, but for my money his voice is what this song is all about.
I would really like to hear this guy backed by a full band. His voice is made for singing! Be it pop, rock or metal, it’s his voice that you’re going to be really listening for. Synth lovers are going to love this track but if you’re like me and prefer a full on band experience this may not be the song for you. I did like the way his voice melded with the synth music in the intro but about half way through I was really wanting some guitar work to underscore his vocals. I’m not sure I would download this particular track, but I would like to investigate the band a bit more to see what else they have to offer.
Who They Are:
For LA-based rock band RIVAL TIDES, time has been of the essence since day one. The band formed in November of 2012, and not even a year into its existence, they’re off and running with their first release – a seven song self-titled EP produced by Erik Ron (Panic! at the Disco, I the Mighty, VersaEmerge) at Grey Area Studios in North Hollywood, CA.
Vocalist Robyn August, bassist Jason Friday, drummer Greg Fulleman, and guitarists Caleb Healey and Alex von Hollen draw listeners in with their captivating high-energy. The five friends actually birthed Rival Tides from the now defunct Harris Grade in an attempt to wholly transition—and succeed—into a new, more refined writing style.
“The musical style was a bit different and we felt like the name should be changed to be more fitting with our new direction,” says drummer Greg Fulleman on the recent transition from Harris Grade to Rival Tides. “I think the change brought us closer together, and is truly giving us the ability to start a new and exciting chapter.”
“My Insomnia,” the opening track, first single, and captivating music video from the debut record, personifies the band’s billowing Anberlin-like sound while also giving listeners new and old a close look at the sincerity of Robyn August’s vocal ability.
“I wrote “My Insomnia” about the chapters in life, including the environment and people that surround them, as well as my own personal struggle with the disorder,” said August. “Writing the new material helped me better focus on my drive to move forward, without worrying about the future or dwelling on the past.”
Songs like “Maybe” and “Out of Body” showcase spacious, encapsulating choruses that seem to explode out of the speakers blaring them – sure to make fans of Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and 30 Seconds to Mars salivate.
With their first release being a polished product indicative of experience and maturity, Rival Tides is setting their sights on reaching the real fans of rock music.
“In the closing track ‘Oceans,’ there’s a line that reads ‘there’s a sea in you,’” explains Robyn August. “It helped inspire our name and fits the overall idea of this band. There’s always positivity to be found, even in the most difficult of times.”
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