Air Ralley – S.A.D. (Track Of The Day, 18th March)

Track Of The Day goes out to all of the northern hemisphere people who are struggling right now. Pop punk band Air Ralley are sick of the weather too, and sing about it in their song “S.A.D.” from their EP Oh, How Your Mind Wanders.

Air Ralley have a talent for taking heavy topics and lifting them with their fast paced music and clear sound. At first glance, “S.A.D” is a sunny anthem for those who hate Winter and all that comes with it; hence its name, Seasonal Affective Disorder, aka ‘Winter blues’. But as the track goes on, you start to wonder if this isn’t just about the weather. It starts to veer into anxiety about growing up and heaviness of responsibility, wanting for for the sunshine of mind and feeling to come (back).

From our review of the EP: “To me by the time to song finishes, we are musically and emotionally in a different place to where we began; the happy pop punk has evolved to a heavier sound. It’s perfect though and works very well on all fronts.”

Stand outs: The melodic guitars of the outro along with the splashiness (for want of a better word) of the cymbals, and honest lyrics. “S.A.D.” is catchy as well as heartfelt.

“Well the fog’s incredible
The way it covers up this town
You know I hate all these feelings
Like the need to prove myself
I’m not quite sure
What my plans are this year
But if I’m still being honest
I just keep battling with fear”

Check out “S.A.D.” as well as the entire Oh, How Your Mind Wanders EP.

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