You know the drill, it’s time for a new Release Radar
Deadbeat- Between You & Me
Opening with acoustic guitars and the vocals, the song introduces drums and electric guitars on the first verse, with the instrumentation getting louder on the chorus. The second verse follows the same blueprint but keeps the electric guitar in the instrumentation, going back to a loud chorus the song finds its contrast at the soft- spoken bridge before going all out with the vocals and instrumentation.
Lyrically the protagonist of the song is laying out his flaws and asking why the other person still is with them.
What I like about this song is the upbeat pop feel and the narrative flip, as the protagonist looks at his flaws instead of those of the other side.
Just Sound – State Champs
The song opens with a guitar filled intro, before introducing the vocals and the first verse. The chorus reels you in with its hook and overall loudness. Turning down a notch on the second verse, the song kicks of again on the chorus. The bridge features a lengthened version of the chorus with the song slowly fading out.
Lyrically the song talks about being apart in a relationship and only hearing the others voice.
What I like about this song are the hooks on the chorus and the lyrical flow, which makes the song a combination of everything I like about State Champs.
Headache – Heart of Gold
Starting of with relaxing beats and dreamy vocals, the song adds its guitars on the chorus, but keeps its dreamy vibe. The second verse introduces synths to the instrumentation. The second chorus more vocal energy, with the emotional tones following into the bridge. After the instrumental parts of the bridge, the song ends with one last chorus.
Lyrically the song is about love and making the most of your time together.
What I like about this song are the dreamy beats and the emotional high-notes on the bridge.
Teeth – Real Friends
Opening with acoustic guitar and soft vocals, the song slowly streams forward, adding some piano on the pre-chorus gives the song a break before going into the chorus which changes the soft verses into an emotional high-point. The band returns to the calming tones on the second verse with the emotions’ rising on the chorus once again. The bridge consist, of only instrumentals with the song kicking its high emotion into a slow fade at the end of the song.
Lyrically the protagonist reflects on his emotional state and relationship, feeling like there is no way out.
What I like about this song is the calming feel the song gives, which gives power to the emotional chorus.
Street Lightning – The Summer Set
Opening with slow synths and Brian his vocals, The song slowly adds guitar to the mix. The drums explode on the chorus as well as the vocals. Going back to the mellow side on the second verse contrasting with the energy of the chorus. The bridge starts of with guitar again and slowly adds the vocals back in, going for a less energetic start of one last chorus.
Lyrically the song talks about the protagonist infection with someone else and wanting to be with them.
What I like about this song is the energy on the chorus as well as the overall hook reeling you in.