Single Review: Frontside - "Give It Up"
Give It Up
Navigating the modern music landscape is no easy task for any band that’s trying to build a grass roots following and find their way to playlists, YouTube channels, etc. But when you can take the familiar, twist it around so that it becomes uniquely your own, and deliver song after song that intrigues the listener and pulls them in, then you’re onto something similar to what Frontside has been able to accomplish. Their latest song “Give It Up,” the first offering from their upcoming EP Closer to Closure (due out June 12, 2020), continues building progressively forward from the groundwork they showed on Essentially, Eventually – an album that combined their two previously released independent EP’s. The guitars instantly make you interested in this song as they pull you over intricate time signatures before pushing you directly into the punch of the opening verse. From there, Walter Stanley uses his passionately charged vocals to hit us with a lyric that spews of a toxic relationship and the ways that it emotionally drains you. Though he reveals in the verses that he carries a constant need for his dreams (presumably of a healthy relationship), the chorus hammers home the frustration - complete with some emo-charged screams - of how that dream’s not coming to fruition as he sings, “all I wanted you to see, the things you did to me.” On the surface, this feels like a song that we somehow overlooked from back in 2005, but as you listen a few more times you’ll discover just how in the here and now this song truly is. Whereas most bands will lean into the safe zone of what worked well in the past, Frontside clearly isn’t satisfied with just repeating something that’s already been done. They boldly step outside the lines to deliver a song that takes several songwriting risks, while cleverly allowing it’s listener to dig deeper into the very well-crafted, although often vague lyrics, to insert their own personal story into them to give this a stellar relatability factor.