During the summer of 2012, a good friend of mine told me to take the time to check out the Australian band, Tonight Alive, during my break at Vans Warped Tour and I have been in love ever since. Throughout this past summer’s Vans Warped Tour, Tonight Alive has grown immensely and performed in front of larger audience each day. In addition, their stage presence improved to the point where no one was able to say a negative thing about their set. I admire the fact that each day they still made time to meet their fans, even in the brutal heat, and the fact they all five original members remain in the band.
Their anticipated sophomore album “The Other Side” drops today in the United States via Fearless Records. When I originally listened to the album all the way through I felt like they were able to tell stories in the span of three minutes. McDougall’s broad vocal range is showcased throughout the entire album. Her falsetto in some places is wispy; almost haunting, especially in “Bathwater.” In “You Don’t Owe Me Anything” her emotion is so clearly brought out, making the song so incredible. Hardy and Whakaio’s guitar riffs are catchy and perfect embellishments to the tracks.
In my opinion, the title track “The Other Side” sums up the album’s vibe and talent in one powerful song. The lyrics range from love to anger to acceptance with each different track. Whatever mood you’re in you can relate and jam out to at least a few of the songs. Usually I can pick a favorite or future radio hit, but in this case I can’t pick a favorite or a hit; I believe all of the songs could become singles and hope that Tonight Alive is able to have multiple radio hits off of this album. This band deserves all of the success in the world and this album will surely create an even bigger worldwide fan base. I look forward to seeing what else they are able to accomplish over the next couple years.