ALBUM REVIEW: Tonight Alive – The Other Side
Tonight Alive is the five piece pop-punk band from Sydney who in the past couple of years have taken over the pop/punk scene in Australia and has made quite a fan base for themselves overseas. They have gone from supporting the likes of 3OH!3, The Getaway Plan and Simple Plan to now playing festivals such as Soundwave, Warped Tour, Bamboozle, and the Kerrang! 2013 Tour.
‘The Other Side’ is the bands second studio album and it is quite different to their debut album ‘What Are You So Scared Of’. This album is more focused on the lyrical content and the musical shape of the songs where as their first album was more defined by their catchy hooks. It’s a mature sound and works in their favour as people are finding it easier to have that emotional connection towards their music. ‘You Don’t Owe Me Anything’ and ‘The Other Side’ are two stand out songs with incredible lyrics and are two of the strongest tracks. The album isn’t as commercial or immediately catchy unlike ‘What Are You So Scared Of’ and the punk-pop sound is fading and progressively becoming pop/rock which really suits them.
This wouldn’t be a Tonight Alive review without a comparison to Paramore. Yes, they have a very similar sound to Paramore, however Jenna has a stronger voice and that comes across in these new tracks. Whereas Hayley William’s vocals at times can be quite screechy. Jenna’s vocals have remarkably improved over the past few years, her technique is stronger and she has now become one of these vocalists that people go “Oh this must be Tonight Alive, it sounds like Jenna”.
At a first listen, my mind wasn’t made up about how I felt towards this album. After a couple more listens I think this is a mature sound and a great career move on their behalf. They have stepped it up focusing on giving the fans what they want which is great pop/rock songs with meaning. Highlights from this album include ‘Lonely Girl’, ‘The Other Side’, ‘Complexes’, ‘No Different’, ‘Come Home’ and ‘You Don’t Owe Me Anything’. Some of the songs do sound the same with the same formula being used but this a common thing with pop/rock bands. Definitely give this album a couple of listens and you will find yourself growing more attached to these songs and really enjoying this new sound.
Catch Tonight Alive on their 2013 Headline Australian tour now and in December on the 2013 Warped Australian Tour
ALBUM RELEASE TOUR DATES
Thursday 5 September – The Hi-Fi, Sydney – Licensed/AA
Saturday 7 September – Alhambra, Brisbane – Under 18s Matinee
Saturday 7 September – The Zoo, Brisbane – 18+
Wednesday 11 September – The Hi-Fi, Melbourne – Under 18s
Friday 13 September – Billboard, Melbourne – 18+
Saturday 14 September – Astor Theatre, Perth – Licensed/AA
Sunday 15 September – HQ, Adelaide – 18+