Pennsylvania alt rock group Hear Tonight debuted the music video for energized new single “Stay Dry” today on Music Existence. Reminiscent of such pop rock acts as All Time Low and A Rocket to the Moon, Hear Tonight’s emotional lyrical delivery and driving guitar hooks make for a satisfying summer single.
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Off the band’s upcoming EP, due out in the fall, lead single “Stay Dry” draws from the destructive cycles of depression and negativity. The intense story contrasts sharply against the bouncy, almost bubbly backdrop of the song’s arrangement. Tambourine and acoustic guitar launch the song into a catchy introduction, weaving easily into the electric guitar and thumping beat that follow. Despite the vibrant sound, angsty repetitions of “you don’t know where you are, oh but you wanna go home,” reveal the song’s darker themes.
Guitarist Stephen Grzenda describes “Stay Dry” as ironic; while inspired by how “[a] recurring cycle of late nights and bad decisions leads to loss of control and a troubled mind”, the song itself is “wrapped in a blanket of happy chords and ignorance.”
The video accompanying “Stay Dry” incorporates the song’s musical contradictions, depicting lead singer’s Shane Turner’s discomfort at a house party. Jump cuts between the raucous party and an overwhelmed Turner put on display the song’s internal struggle, culminating in an impassioned outburst as he knocks photographs from the walls. Unsteady camera angles and frequent transitions from blurred to focused shots mimic first person perspective to produce the video’s intimate atmosphere. With “Stay Dry”, Hear Tonight have offered up a compelling artistic perspective to the indie alt-rock scene.
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“Stay Dry” Credits:
Shane Turner – lead vocals, acoustic guitar
Stephen Grzenda – lead guitar
Evan Yester – drums
Jacob Urbanek – rhythm guitar
Greg Davis – keys, synth
Nick Linder – bass