After signing with Interscope Records, Young Rising Sons has released their debut self-titled EP. The first single, High, received buzz on several radio stations such as Alt Nation.
The instrumental scheme throughout the EP matches the energy of summer and memorable moments. You’ll hear clapping and group chants that are guaranteed to get your blood flowing. Andy Tongren’s vocals have a wide range within each track, he likes to showcase the higher end of it and it’s extremely impressive.
The record’s message centers on optimism. Each song makes an acknowledgment towards dark moments in life, but then finds a way to incorporate positivity. High points out the fact that you wouldn't be able to know what high moments in life felt like without experiencing the low ones. King of The World explores the possibilities that would come along with ruling the world, from the band’s perspective. They would, “Sing songs that would never get old”. Red and Gold encourages listeners to intensify their emotional strength when needed. “I've been let down but I've got some hope in disguise, I’ll make it through all these cold days even if I have to stay inside”, sings Andy Tongren. Turnin’ is about harnessing the hope that things will turn around by not stressing out as much over an outcome after you have done all you can. The lyrics analyze the effect strong burdens can have by stating, “These final puzzle pieces we tried but they’re too tight, but I bet if we ease the pressure they’ll fit just right”.
Young Rising Sons’ self-titled record will be the one you reach for when you need that pick-me-up soundtrack. I am already anticipating what their full length and hope it will include a wider range of emotions. Yet for now, this EP has served me well as a first look into the band’s new future as a signed group. Make sure to catch them on tour with Little Daylight in early August.
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Review written by Alexis Solomon