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Long Gone have proven that the Chicago scene doesn't disappoint with their first ever release: "Heads Down".
I've been lucky enough to be allowed to listen to this track before it was released officially, and I'm really quite excited about it. This is the introduction of Long Gone to the world, and I have a feeling they have great things ahead of them already.
The song is introduced with a strong kick drum beating like a heart, hooking you in with it's solid yet simple presence, counting us into the main song along with the catchy, warm riffs of the guitars that have that high quality punk feeling.
When we enter the song the timbre becomes momentarily fuller, with the instruments building up as the drums change up, boosting the energy of the track and becoming a melody that you just have to bop your head to while the riff stays the same: a solid base on which to build the soundscape around.
It becomes softer as the vocals kick in, singing a sweet song about (as guitarist, Patrick Smith put it) "the ups and downs of love". The vocals are full of emotion with a pleasant tone that works with the lower parts in the bridge and the higher notes in the chorus, which give a sense of desperation fitting with the story without sounding strained. Vocalist, Matty, gives the song character as well as performing with impressive technical skill.
One of my favourite elements is the melodic guitars in the chorus, which play tunes that feel like they're being drawn around the soundscape like webs, while simultaneously giving a feeling of rising up in spirals into the cityscape being sang about. It's a beautiful, illustrative, and emotive element that gives a sense of lightness and hope, carrying the story of the brighter sides of love through the chorus, which sings of the dark side.
The lyrics are really well written. They feel personal, sweet, and almost innocent in the way they're written. It's like a modern fairytale is being told in the verses, and that catchy cry of "Doctor! Doctor! Give me a sign!" shows youthful vulnerability. It's strangely charming, the way lyrics that tell of someone going to the doctor with a broken heart, asking if they're going to be okay feels so fun to listen to. The construction of the song is just so clever. They've got a mix of pop, rock, and punk feelings that just work together so well.
Personally, I love this track, and I hope that you do too. I'm grateful that Long Gone and CHARMmusic have given me the opportunity to write about it and allowed me to listen to the track early. Head over to CHARMmusic (the official place of the song's debut) now to read their interview with the band and hear the track!
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