The latest track from indie/alt band, All Poets & Heroes proves to be just as powerful and rich as some of their earlier tracks (listen to 2017’s bubbly “Day Dreams“). “Life On The Line” feels like it could be featured in an early 2000’s indie film; cue the rainy window scene and black converse.
Lead singer Rob McCall embodies a young Rob Thomas as his voice echoes throughout the song building to a climactic bridge; probably one of the heaviest we’ve heard from AP&H. McCall says the song is about someone who has taken their own life. The narrator is portraying the rational side of the brain getting the final say. “When you’re having these thoughts there are two voices at war. The rational, normal voice and the irrational side that is normally louder in these moments, and pushes you toward the edge. In this story the irrational side won, all that’s left is the rational side saying ‘if you gave me just a few more minutes to get though to you then we would still be here.'” The song closes with the narrator leaving a message of hope to others fighting with the same issues. Rob says, “Find a way to pull through because you can always change what you don’t like tomorrow.”
Soft guitars and a steady drum beat compliment the heavy and emotional lyrics, something we’re used to hearing from the band but “Life On The Line” feels a little more special.
Check out the single this Friday 4/12!!
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WHO: All Poets & Heroes
WHERE: Syracuse, NY
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Picture sitting in a white-hued kitchen on a Sunday morning. There’s fresh flowers on the table and the morning sun streams in through every cracked window. That’s how All Poets & Heroes make you feel. Their upcoming EP titled, Where We Lived and What We Lived For (releasing in October) is a 4-track homage to life and the questions we often associate with it.
Opening song, “Day Dreams” sounds like something you’d hear on an early John Mayer album. It’s easygoing while dancing on the border of playfulness. Lead singer Rob McCall’s steady vocal chords sing, “You say I’m in too deep, I say let’s play for keeps.” Each song feels just as comfortable as the one before. Somewhat muted melodies and a thudding drum beat carry each track right into the next.
Philosophical inspiration is a direct theme on this EP. What is the meaning of life? Should I take a chance? Should I let things go? What is my future? The opposite end of the album features a heavier composition. A lyric on the track “Choices” encompasses this underlying theme; “Was this life not meant for sad words and scars?”. Philosophical breakdowns of life and love lull you into a thought process most artists can’t trigger in their listeners.
In just four tracks, AP&H prove what they stand for in an industry that has somewhat lost its luster for real music. These guys bring you back to the basics; music with meaning that’s pulled out of you in the most beautiful way.
For more info on All Poets & Heroes, visit their site, here.