It has been more than a year since I last heard from the Whanganui boys, when I reviewed the single/video Footprintz. This is a song which in some ways has been kicking around for a while as Isaac got the rhythm and riff from jamming in his room and as soon as Andrew and Ethan heard it they soon fleshed it out. Lyrically this is about facing anxieties, whatever they may be, and trusting yourself ..because it’s all going to be alright no matter what. It is alt rock, heavily based around a repeated riff which does not have many chord changes, relying on the repetition to get one into a certain state of mind, then being able to concentrate on the lyrics.
The video commences with Isaac thinking he is seeing something in the mirror (his own anxieties made flesh?), but he leaves and catches up with Andrew. There is then a series of chase scenes a la Benny Hill with both of them seeing their anxieties everywhere, until they of course end up at the gig and play this song to the anxieties who are all dancing and shouting out for more. While this is basic on many levels, there is something about it that is catchy and gets inside the brain and stays there. The drums and guitar are basic, but the bass moves around and provides some nice warmth and melody in between the more staccato elements. Interesting stuff.
6/10 Kev Rowland