Have you heard of Up Late yet? As a band that could merely be a ‘guilty pleasure’ listen for the editor for a heavy music website, Up Late have managed to tick our Depth boxes with their emotional authenticity, even when wrapped up in pop polish and rap/electronic accents. There’s a moreish quality to Up Late tunes. The band seem completely comfortable in delivering tongue-in-cheek sass as well as sharing what seem to be experiences from a genuine place. Emotive and catchy, what’s not to love?
“u left me on read” is the latest song from Up Late, with its initial release on Triple J Unearthed before releasing everywhere today. The song gives a sonic nod to “Friends” – the single before it – and similarly explores a toxic relationship and the push and pull of the situation.
“Why’s this always your plan? To choke me with those hands”
The headfuckery of silent treatment and uncertainty is painted intriguingly in “u left me on read”, and I also find myself getting lost in all that’s going on musically.. in a good way. Chasing the melody and chords through the song is a treat and comes across like an unfolding story with rapidly changing moods. With an almost ironic sounding synth build up to the chorus, we’re struck by background “Hey!”s that kinda make light of the situation, or fall into a self-deprecating territory perhaps, with light beats adding to a (pity) party vibe.
But there’s definite substance here, expressed by a wailing guitar solo and an earnest admission into distortion at the bridge. And whether it’s due to its quirks or its enticing flow throughout, the song easily holds my attention from end to end.. when he seems to finally get a response to his message.
I’m stoked for Up Late (formerly After Touch and Easy Life beforehand) having seemed to have found a sound that works for them, and clearly having a good time in the process of creating it. And there’s so much more to come. Check out “u left me on read” below.