Single Review: Brookline - "Dive In"
Since releasing their EP Fade in early 2019, upstate New York’s Brookline has taken their local area by storm; sharing the stage with such notable names as Calling All Captains and The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. Naturally, as their fanbase continued growing, so did the anticipation for new music. With “Dive In,” the lead single from their forthcoming EP Where Do I Go From Here (spring 2020), they give us our first taste of what’s still to come; although it also acts as kind of a swan song as guitarist Mickey Pace prepares for deployment in the United States Army. What this song showcases first, more than anything else, is the band’s incredible growth spurt. On “Dive In,” their signature alternative/punk sound instantly offers cleaner guitars, a more focused grit to the rhythm, raw intensity in the vocals from Tommy Carter, and all the right amounts of energy and frustration the lyrics need in order to come alive. Lyrically, this is a cold hard look in the mirror to face where you’re at, discover and admit the truth about it, and then pep talk your way to get to where you need to be; “a reminder I’m not where I want to be,” “I’ve been going nowhere,” “try to make the best of it,” “this could be worse,” “stand strong and I know you’ll be fine,” etc. There’s some serious guitar shredding that goes on in the musical portion of the bridge that refreshingly recalls the heyday of straight-ahead rock music, culminating with the understanding of the truth as Carter sings the line, “what you needed was here the whole time.” We love that even with the band’s uncertain future, they’re still prepping the release of their EP and sharing their new music with us because it’s that good and it absolutely needs be heard. Our hats off to Mickey Pace as well – thank you for your service!