Whatever, if any, expectation you have of the new Down For Tomorrow single, double it. Now double it again for good measure, because I can guarantee that their new single will still leave you reeling.

Following up from their incredibly named debut EP Golf Is Not a Sport, the Sydney based quartet have given us the first taste of new music with the release of their new track “What Could Have Been”. Down For Tomorrow are Cody Stebbings (vocals/ rhythm guitar), Henry Beard (drums), Sam Richardson (bass/backing vocals) and Tom Bleasdale (lead guitar).

The track begins solemnly, with gentle guitar coupled with sincere vocals that, from their outset, are loaded with emotion. Flying the flag of the Northern Beaches, the song’s opening feels perfect for a warm day at the beach, with waves lapping at your feet and sand crunching underfoot.

As the rest of the band join, the group’s grunge sensibilities are obvious. The song feels purposefully rough around the edges, but it’s just gentle enough to lull you in and hold you close when you need it most. The song builds slowly, exploding into an honest release of angst and emotion that couples perfectly with despondent vocals.

The song centres around the realisation that instead of holding onto people who stopped holding on a long time ago, sometimes you just need to let it slip away. Despite the sombre tones, there’s a pinch of positivity that pours through the song’s bridge, a tender touch that boosts the song to brand new levels. Confirming this was the intention, Stebbings said “I wanted to leave a glimpse of hope at renewal, and help people see that we can all start over at some point.”

If Luca Brasi are your thing, you’ve got to give this a listen. With a single as good as this, it’s bound to stay stuck in your head as soon as its finished, because hot damn it’s stuck in mine. So how good are Down For Tomorrow you ask? I’d say never better.

Andrew Cauchi

Sydney based pop-punk enthusiast, Andrew spends every waking moment listening to music, or playing with his dog (sometimes both!). If not on the lookout for the hottest new tracks, you can usually catch him crying in his room playing old emo bangers on repeat.

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