SINGLE REVIEW: Openside – Character Flaws

New Zealand pop-rock outfit Openside have had a pretty crazy couple of years. They’ve toured with the likes of Fall Out Boy, Twenty One Pilots and Ellie Goulding and have established themselves as one of New Zealand’s most energetic live acts. Whilst working on their next release the dynamic four piece have released a new banger to tie you over in the mean time. The colourful ‘Character Flaws’ hears them taking influence from Paramore’s latest album ‘After Laughter’ and transforms their pop-rock sound into the synth-pop realm. Fronted by Possum Plows, this song will instantly draw you in with it’s pulsating synths and smooth vocals. The chorus then bursts with this electronic breakdown that is sonically very different to anything they’ve done before. It’s very far left from their usual pop-rock sound but it still has a strong band presence which will see them keeping their old fanbase but winning over a whole new one. The production also reminds me quite a bit of the recent material from Glades with a similar polished sound. This is a great re-introduction for the band and hears them creeping towards the mainstream scene.