Everyone Say “Thank You Very Much, THA!”


It’s time to introduce you to your new favorite band, The Happy Alright (sometimes stylized as THA)! This Texas-based duo/band has been rocking since 2011, but recently they’ve really picked up traction and gained some extra attention, and just in time for their most recent EP release of Thank You Very Much.

With a determination to liven up the music industry and create music that is more authentic and genuinely them, Sterling Gavinski and Mason Steeger went into the studio mid-2018 to begin the process for this record. The idea was to shake-up the world’s perception of THA and the kind of music they create together, which we honestly can say seems successful! Going from hard-hitting hooks and the all-too-familiar angsty lyrics of pop-punk to pop melodies and matching lyrics, soft acoustic singalongs, and the occasional jazz undertone, these guys are really out here proving they’re not some generic pop-punk band that hates their hometown.

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It started in September with a bunch of random, weird little tweets on the band’s account that addressed ‘rumors’ of new music. The general consensus? The Happy Alright fans would not be seeing new music anytime soon. Which really proved to be a bummer to most. But then these cute little pink envelopes started showing up at people’s houses and it seems like maybe something really was going on with them.

October. THA. TYVM.

The month of October brought us the official release of a new single titled “One-Eyed Legend” alongside a fun little video full of grown puppies, which we are so here for. October also brought us the announcement of an EP, a second single titled “Next 2 U” (alongside a video), and finally the release of Thank You Very Much! It’s been a fun road, leading to the release, and it’s nice to see a band not taking things too seriously. The Happy Alright certainly enjoys having a bit of fun with their marketing techniques!

Packed full of millennial slang and references to the internet, TYVM plays as an observation of modern-day relationships. From technology’s impact on long-distance relationships to the confusing occurrences of life, Gavinski and Steeger really have outdone themselves this time. It’s a banger of a record that works for any mood you might be in. We certainly will be spinning it here in the office for months to come. We hope you do the same, and let us know your favorite track! Ours is “Lucky 2 Kno U.”

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Words: Kaiti Fleeger | Featured Photo: Faith Alesia

MIDFIELD Nails Every Little Thing With New Single


There’s something magical about Philadelphia and pop-punk bands and this time is no different. Coming right from the city of brotherly love, MIDFIELD brings us “Every Little Thing” as a brand new single. A perfect-for-spooky-season video accompanies the single drop!

In a fun, upbeat track that tackles toxic relationships and finally moving on from something so negative. Doing what pop-punk does so well and pairing happy melodies with tough topics, MIDFIELD nails the formula and has us wanting to jump in a sweaty crowd while “Every Little Thing” goes off on the stage before us.

The video features many nods to popular horror movies, dropped just in time for Halloween. There’s a certain level of comedy within the scenes and my favorite part is the use of their own merch. We love the representation!

Check out our chat with the guys below as we explore new songs, old songs, and what the future holds. There’s also a pretty solid joke regarding sports-themed band names.

1. So for those who don’t know, you guys originated in Philadelphia, correct? It’s quite an active pop-punk scene there. What kind of influence, good or bad, has it had on the music you create?
Tyler: Yes, it has totally had a positive influence on the music we create. There’s a ton of awesome local bands in the scene. Plus there are so many big touring bands that come through Philly on a weekly basis, so going to shows and staying active in the scene definitely influences us.

2. You have been a local sensation since 2016. What is the defining moment that you would say brought you on to the larger scale scene?
Kurt: Definitely the release of our E.P. Happy Thoughts and the campaign behind it. Before that we had no music videos, and only a 3 song E.P. (Wishing, Wanting) on Spotify. So the addition of 5 new songs and 2 music videos really helped us expand on a bigger scale. 

3. You’re about to release a brand new track titled “Every Little Thing”. Can you tell us about that song? What is the inspiration behind it?
Kurt: Yeah so, when I’m coming up with songs or lyrics I’ll typically just brainstorm melodies or lines I think can sound cool and engaging then try to adapt that to a feeling theme or thought. 

The first line I got for this song was actually the opening line “My self-esteem is lower than your morals”. The song pretty quickly expanded from there. I wanted to hone the feeling of being put down by a toxic relationship in any regard, not just romantic, but one that you keep going back to for whatever reason. Something I’d imagine is pretty relatable for a lot of people. But I wanted to end it with a breakthrough moment and feeling of closure and growth, and kind of a diss I guess, so we have the ending group chant of “You’re nothing, nothing at all”. 

4. Your single “Casper” is available now for streaming. Were there many differences between the writing process of this track and “Every Little Thing”?
Tyler: Yeah it was totally a different process. “Casper” started out as a rhythm guitar track that I had for a while and decided to bring it to the band so see if we could use it. I recorded the drums to a scratch track of the guitar. Then Matt worked on lyrics for it and wrote a melody. Wes wrote the bass track and the guitar parts for the bridge. Then PJ recorded his leads parts and it was basically a wrap.

Matt: Yeah, “Casper” had a pretty interesting process because Tyler had basically the whole song ready to go when he showed it to us, but with no lyrics or theme for what he wanted the song to be about. So it was a cool experience kind of letting the music guide me and I think what came out of that was pretty powerful.

Tyler: “Every Little Thing” is a bit different because Kurt had the rhythm guitar, lyrics, and vocal melody all worked out before approaching the rest of the band. We workshopped it and wrote the rest of the parts and went to the studio to get it recorded.

5. The music video drops October 4th, which is just in time for Halloween. Did that inspire the theme of the video? Are you all big fans of spooky stuff?
I don’t know about the rest of the dudes, but Halloween is my favorite holiday so I’m definitely a fan of anything spooky.

Matt: I am definitely the biggest horror / spooky one of the group. Tim Burton and David Lynch are my two biggest influences. I was actually the one who came up with the idea, but it didn’t really fit the vibe for how dark I wanted it. We aren’t really that type of band but after some compromises, I love what we came up with and I’m glad we went forward with the idea. 

Kurt: I don’t like spooky stuff – skip to Christmas!

6. Can we look forward to more releases from you guys soon? An album or EP?
Tyler: Our plan is to head to the studio and flesh out another EP.

7. Where do you see MIDFIELD at this time next year? What are your hopes and dreams to have completed by then?
Tyler: We totally want to get some tours going and hopefully get hooked up with a label that wants to work with us.

8. Does MIDFIELD have any shows coming up? Things people can look forward to and experience your music in person? 
Kurt: Off the top of my head I know we have some cool things lined up in November and December, not positive if any of them are set in stone. So unfortunately I can’t give dates BUT if you check in on Midfield.Pizza every now and then you’ll see any shows we end up getting on.

9. Speaking of live shows, if you could create any tour to be a part of, what would your dream lineup be?
Kurt: I’m sure we all have different dream lineups. One Ty mentioned not too long ago would be Four Year Strong and New Found Glory (which would be sick). A running joke we have (which would also be a pretty badass tour) would be State Champs, Goalkeeper and us (Midfield), and it would be called The Sports Tour.

10. Finally, what’s one thing you want new listeners to know about you as a band and individuals?
Tyler: We really just want to have fun and make music that people enjoy listening to.

Kurt: I can’t speak for everyone, maybe they have something to say about themselves. But what I think I can say for the band as a whole is we’re just five guys having a good time making the music we love, drawn from what we grew up listening to.

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Maybe We’re All Just a Little Hurt

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After departing from The Mowgli’s, former frontman Colin Dieden has immediately proven himself with the announcement and release of “Good As It Gets” under the moniker Little Hurt.

Flashback to an abundance of plaid, mom jeans, scrunchies, and denim on denim on denim, Little Hurt’s story begins in the 90s on a baseball diamond in Kansas City. Just a kid back then, life probably seemed simpler and there was no telling what would become of Colin.

The name? One Colin earned as a kid in youth sports. The sound? Upbeat and fun, with hard-hitting lyrics that portray the confusion and disarray of life. The mission? To show that you’re not alone. Depression, anxiety, mental health struggles are all totally normal and okay things to deal with and there are others in the world struggling with them, too. You are not alone.

Deep down, we can all connect with that kid standing on that baseball diamond and we can all connect with who that person is now and maybe, when it comes down to it, we’re all just a little hurt.

Check out our interview with Little Hurt where we discuss dreams and fears, the past and the present, and all the music!

So, for those who don’t know. You’re doing this project Little Hurt separate from The Mowgli’s. What inspired the desire to remove yourself from the band name and create an entirely new persona for this project?
After nearly a decade singing lead with The Mowgli’s, I felt that it was finally the right time for me to separate myself and tell my own story to the world.

Is there a particular story behind the name you’ve chosen: Little Hurt?
Little Hurt was my nickname when I played little league baseball growing up in Kansas City. The name is based off the legendary hitter Frank Thomas who was known as The Big Hurt. I wasn’t given the name because I was particularly good or anything, I think it’s just because everyone has nicknames and they had to call me something. 

The announcement of this moniker quickly came with the release of your debut single. Can you tell us a bit about that? What was the reason for choosing that particular song to launch with?
I think we as a team decided that “Good As It Gets” was a good transitional and introductory song, in that it sounded enough like my old band and wouldn’t alienate my fans, but it is still very much my own story. 

What was your biggest inspiration while writing “Good As It Gets”?
“Good As It Gets” is about my life and what I am going through currently—it’s been a really complicated few months for me. My entire life has changed drastically in almost every aspect and this single came from my stopping for a second and really taking a look at things and decisions I’ve made.

What about this new path for you has been the most exciting?
All the things I feel like I can finally say in my songs.

Now how about the most terrifying or nerve-wracking?
All the things I feel like I can say!

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 ” I wanted to tell a story that was entirely my own…”

You found a lot of success within The Mowgli’s. Would you say there’s a certain amount of fear to not match that within Little Hurt?
I’m not really worried about that at all. Number one, I don’t think I should think that way and number two, I know that I am good at what I do and I feel confident about this new music as Little Hurt.

You’ve got an EP coming out next year, can we talk about that? What should we expect with this EP?
My fans should expect a lot of honesty and really catchy songs. This was an interesting EP to write because I really approached it in a way I haven’t previously. I examined myself so closely that I think I actually started to discover things and feel things that I wasn’t necessarily ready for and I feel like I started to go a bit crazy to be completely honest, so I’m glad it’s written and done! I had a blast making this record with one of my best friends on earth Rob Ellmore. He’s the most talented producer I’ve ever met and I’m super lucky to have him on my team.

Which track are you most excited for people to hear?
Probably this song called “Alaska.” It’s one of the craziest songs I’ve ever done.

Finally, what would you like our readers and your potential new listeners to know about Little Hurt?
I’d like to thank them and let them know that I appreciate them coming on this ride with me. I can’t wait for you all to see what’s next!

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We Got “Close Enough” With Richlove

Close Enough

Bringing pop melodies and that oh-so-famous country twang together in perfect harmony, Richlove drops their brand new single “Close Enough” and it’s sending us right back to the middle of June. Notorious for dropping tracks that embody summertime and warmth and sunshine, this up-and-coming five-piece pop-country band is at it again as we approach the cold.

On Friday the band dropped their brand new single which depicts a story of appreciating what’s right in front of you, instead of always looking for something more. Coming together earlier this year, lead singer Chloe Hendrickson wrote the single with fellow country musician, Dylan Brady.

We sat down with Chloe earlier this month for a little chat that wound up covering everything from ice cream flavors to amusement parks, from writing inspirations to touring, and traveling, and new music.

As far as ice cream flavors go, the country-pop singer says Richlove is actually most comparable to sherbet! “[…] because you get a little bit of everything and it tastes like summer.” It sure is fitting, when you consider their personalities and sound, which happens to just be what they naturally fell into: “We all really enjoy the writing in country, we all really like songs that have meaning behind them. [But] We’re all pop kids who love our pop.” So the two loves came together and created this magical force.

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Here at HQ, we’ve been jamming to Richlove nonstop and we’re kind of stoked about the idea of new music and tours from these guys. After a bout of touring and releasing four stand-alone singles, Richlove is determined to get back in the studio to focus purely on writing as much as they can. However, this doesn’t mean we’ll be getting an album or EP soon. “Not right now, unfortunately. We were thinking about it, but we want to focus on writing and creating a bunch of music first.” We’re bummed to hear it, but ready to see what becomes of them in the coming months and years!

Keep an eye out, they’re a fun bunch with a lot to give to the industry! And if you ask them what they want everyone to know about them? “We’re more than the music. It’s more than just writing and we want to meet people. We want to create connections with you.”

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Grayscale’s Generational Anthem “YOUNG” Becomes a Single


With the exceptional release of their highly-anticipated album, Nella Vita, all eyes are on Grayscale to see just what they’ll do next. After announcing an album, announcing a headlining tour, and dropping four other singles, what else could they possibly do to impress us? What else could they possibly have time for? Fortunately for us, these guys never stop and even though it’s been less than a week since the release of their album, they’re definitely keeping busy. After a cheeky little tweet yesterday, the band dropped the music video for track four, “YOUNG.”

With a fun, dance-along beat, “YOUNG” comes in as track four on Nella Vita. Creating a call to our generation and the next, Grayscale uses the story within it and asks us to be better. Do better. Stop getting so caught up in the trivial things of day-to-day life. Focus on emotional connections. Be kind to another. Create a better world for ourselves and those that come after us. It’s up to us, and we can make a difference. Sit back, take a listen, and then dance it out. The lyrics will ring through your ears long after you’ve turned the song off.

We let everyone slip
to a place where they can’t
reach the edge, can’t get
out of their own way

Wicked space where we
hide inside, where it rains
every day and every night
So sing, sing if you got
something to say
Never gonna see the
light if you don’t speak
in the first place

Sorry eyes, said you’d
rather stay asleep, cause
your semblance of reality
is better in your dreams

Telling the story of the people of Philadelphia, the video for “YOUNG” features several scenes across the city of brotherly love participating in various activities. With people of all ages, colors, shapes, and sizes, it’s a beautifully simple way to get their message across.

The video ends with the only feature of any of the band members. Lead singer Collin Walsh is singing along to the track with a crowd dancing it out behind him. It truly brings the story full circle as the scenes flash over Walsh’s talk-singing.

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Songs like this are important, as they show those in the public eye using their place to ask better of us all while the world tends to feel like it’s ending right before our eyes.

Let us know what you think! Does “YOUNG” have what it takes to be the next pop-punk anthem? Are you as glad as we are that they didn’t title it “Youngblood?” Share your thoughts on the video!


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Ben Today, Gone Tomorrow.

Benjamin Langford-Biss

After a series of posts, ridden with sentiment and creating an ominous cloud, the neo-emo Brighton-born band, As It Is, took to social media first thing this morning to announce the departure of co-founder and guitarist Benjamin Langford-Biss.

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Dear friends & fans; I have made the difficult decision to step away from As It Is. 

Before anything else, I would like to thank the other four boys in their support & understanding of my decision. They are still my brothers, best friends & I will cherish always the memories we made together.

I am incredibly grateful & proud of everything we have achieved & created together, and for everything you, the fans, have allowed us, however it is time for me to pursue other paths & projects in my life. 
Three albums and years of relentless touring takes its toll & has brought me & those closest to me to breaking point a number of times. This was by no means an easy decision to make having dedicated my life into it for almost 8 years, but as the years have gone by my own ability & passion to live the life that comes with the music has waned.

I will be doing one last tour in November with the boys in the kind of venues we cut our teeth in to say goodbye properly & have one last week or so playing music with my best friends. 

I am excited to see what As It Is do next & will be constantly supporting from the sidelines (hell, maybe they’ll still let me guest when I undoubtedly ask for a guest list spot to a show). 
I will most likely post a longer more candid, written piece at some point but for now, thanks for the memories, see you in November.


The Tour Dates

Nov 4 – Rotterdam, Baroeg
Nov 5 – Bochum, Die Trompete
Nov 6 – Leipzig, Naumanns
Nov 7 – Hamburg, Headcrash
Nov 8 – Antwerp, Kavka
Nov 9 – Southampton, Joiners
Nov 10 – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
Nov 12 – Glasgow, King Tuts
Nov 13 – Manchester, Academy 3
Nov 14 – Leeds, Key Club
Nov 15 – London, Dingwalls

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Over the past eight years, Benjamin Langford-Biss has been an integral part if As It Is. As a founding member, he has performed countless tours and written three EPs and three full-length albums alongside the band. Fans and industry colleagues alike were heartbroken upon hearing the news.

Ben has always been outspoken on his views and has impacted the music scene in a positive way for years. He has never shied away from hard or controversial topics and always speaks from the heart. Although he won’t be a member of As It Is anymore, it doesn’t change the fact that his words have helped fans and others alike to speak out for what they believe in. There’s no doubt that someone like him, who truly cares for people and the world around him, will make it far in whatever he chooses to do next in life.

We wish Ben all the best in his future endeavors.


Ticket for the Ben Today, Gone Tomorrow tour go on sale Wednesday @ 9am. Grab yours and go say goodbye to Benjamin Langford-Biss. We sure wish we could, we know he’s going to give these last eleven shows everything he’s got.

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Grayscale’s Nella Vita is Finally Here

Nella Vita

Nella Vita: meaning “in life” in Italian.

Going from angst-filled adolescence to grief-ridden adulthood, our favorite Philly-based pop-punk band, Grayscale, has a brand new record dropping this Friday. Each track is a journey of emotions and tells just one piece of the story that is the band’s life over the last few years. Stemming directly from the love and loss they’ve collectively experienced, this album is sure to send you through a rollercoaster of emotions so we definitely recommend getting tissues and making sure you have a safe space to cry and dance through each song on Nella Vita.

“From the production to the artwork Nella Vita is an overall masterpiece. From beginning to end the tack list is in perfect order, making the transition from each song seamless.”

Tracy | @gonwitoutaTRACE

The band has spent the last several months publicly building anticipation for their sophomore album with Fearless Records and we’re so here for it. Being no strangers to branding or promotion, the build-up began (unbeknownst to the public) by mailing select fans a single piece of paper with a link that led to a sneak-peek of a new single, prior to the release of “Painkiller Weather” back in May. Originally operating as a standalone single, the noticeable shift in sound took some time to fully fall in love with, but after a few listens the track was irresistible on road trip playlists everywhere.

Come late June, all of Grayscale‘s social media went dark. Within the industry, this tends to be a universal sign that something major is about to happen so it’s best to be on high alert. Fans quickly grew excited in anticipation for the official announcement. There was plenty of talk over whether it’d be a new single, a full-length album, or a new tour.

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On June 30th, “In Violet” was announced as a brand new single and on July 1st, it dropped alongside its video over on Pop Crush.

Originally, the news seemed pretty small for all of the talk and promotion going into it. While fans were excited about new music, they held out hope for more. Fortunately, their wishes were granted…

Before the end of the day, Grayscale revealed that they were finally releasing a new album, titled Nella Vita and that it’d be available worldwide on September 6th for all to hear. They immediately launched pre-orders and multiple exclusive vinyl variants. Pop-punk twitter was buzzing and hyped-up over this news.

But the guys weren’t done just yet. The announcements continued to fall in line.

Days later, after allowing fans to stew and stress a bit over what could possibly come next, it was finally time to announce Grayscale‘s first official headlining tour. From starting the year by watching them as an opener and ending it by watching them as a headliner, it was a proud moment for all. And within three days, Philadelphia (the band’s hometown and record-release show) was completely sold out. Since then, all VIP packages have sold out for all dates and several other dates are close to fully selling out with low-ticket warnings. The tour began on Tuesday, in Asbury Park.

That wasn’t the end of it, either. Prior to the release of the album, fans saw two more singles – “Old Friends” and “Baby Blue” – drop alongside their respective music videos.

There is knowledge of another upcoming single as well, due to a casting call that the band put on their social media a few weeks back.

One last final surprise…

Before September rolled around, Grayscale announced a series of pop-up shows around the US. These shows fell in major cities and had small caps placed on them (100 per show, except for Philadelphia which saw a 75 cap). The intention was to create an intimate environment for minimal fans to experience Nella Vita in an immersive atmosphere.

Upon arrival, it was obvious the amount of work that went into this experience to make it unique from anything other bands have done. There was a crafting station, polaroid images were taken, an acoustic performance, custom piñatas to smash apart, party games played with the guys and their team, exclusive themed merchandise, as well as rare Grayscale merchandise that’s been saved from the last two years of every merch line.

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“The entire time felt more like a hangout than anything else and thats what made it feel so comfortable and fun.”

Kasey | @HarleyQuinn5225

“I was able to create the best of memories with friends old and new. I was able to interact with all of the boys and just have an enjoyable time without having to worry about […] not being able to see as some might worry with a general show.”

Tracy | @gonwitoutaTRACE

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“I loved how every member of the band was so involved with what the fans were doing at the pop-up shop. They were friendly and willing to talk to everyone.”

Morgan | @mybfismusic

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“You got to meet each band member and have a conversation with them, rather than just saying hi and getting a picture. It felt like I was hanging out with friends which was really cool.”

Jess | @0kellyjess

Along with everything else the events offered, fans were able to purchase the album nearly three weeks early. This is an example of the trust the band places in the community they’ve created, as this is giving nearly 500 people access to their music weeks before the release, which sets up the potential for an album leak. Fortunately, anything that did leak, most fans were respectful enough to continue waiting for the release.

The entire event was a physical display of all the hard work that’s gone into creating this album and era for the band and the fans. It truly set Grayscale apart and created even more hype for those who were unable to attend.

Nella Vita is available everywhere now!

The album came together during a five-week-period early this year when the band—Collin Walsh (vocals), Dallas Molster (guitar, vocals), Andrew Kyne (guitar), Nick Ventimiglia (bass), and Nick Veno (drums)— isolated themselves in a barn in Texas with their producer, MACHINE, and creative director, Jordan Mizrahi there to document the entire experience. Taking the first week of their time together to really focus on their live performance and honing in on how that should impact their songwriting, then focusing on the importance of every single word and what specific emotions each one elicits. MACHINE was determined to fully understand and empathize everything Collin was feeling throughout the writing process of every track.

Each song is written as a diary entry, one piece of a bigger story. The album, as a whole, tells the story of all the emotions and experiences one experiences in life (get it?). Whether that be heartbreak, love, loss, grief, sex, addiction, pain, joy, and everything else in between. The lyrics conjure up powerful imagery woven throughout every single line. The music and melodies leave us feeling like Nella Vita would be the result if The 1975 and Mayday Parade had a magical musical baby, but keeping the tongue-in-cheek spirit of the Grayscale guys we know and love.

Immediately launching into the vulnerability that this record so wonderfully displays, “Just Right” is a track that sounds the way your head feels after you’ve just gotten off the Scrambler at the state fair. Reflecting back on a time of young love and post-sex promises in the back of a car, the lyrics recall a time when their writer felt most alive and at home. It’s a bitter-sweet tale of moving on, but missing what once was. With softer vocals from Collin perfectly nailing the hazy feel of the entire track, then melting into those found on a typical pop-punk record, it’s setting up listeners for the blend of sounds to come on the rest of Nella Vita.

The fourth single, “Baby Blue,” came to be known as track two and it’s bringing us all the old school jukebox vibes. Telling the all-too-familiar story of letting something petty get in the way of an important relationship, the band looks back on what could have been. With a music video taking place in the hospital, the guys sporting matching baby blue suits while they jam out in the ICU, it’s a sure-fire bop that we can’t wait to witness live.

The album immediately rolls into “In Violet” which was the announcing single for the entire album. Upon witnessing a lot of death over the last few years, the song came as a call for celebration when the time comes for Walsh to move on from this life. No tears or mourning; just loved ones coming together and dancing, celebrating, singing, and everyone wearing violet. While a slightly morbid topic, Grayscale approaches it with understanding and tenderness. The music video features loved ones being reunited after one’s passing and the band is pummeled with purple dust during their performance in front of a church.

A bold cry to our generation and the next, “YOUNG” begs us to be better. This current obsession with coming off as uninterested in everything and a need to be “cool” is ruining our ability to be vulnerable and make important emotional connections. With an experimental talk-singing bridge, this track is sure to serve as an anthem for years to come, especially as people realize how important it is to feel things fully.

“I’ve been driving with the windows down, blasting this album and I’ve never felt more alive.”

Lauren |@laurenbonifacio

With a drum-heavy focus on their promise to cover all life’s experience and with a snippet of female vocals, “Twilight (My Heaven)” comes in as one of the instrumentally heavier songs on the record. A fun, upbeat track featuring metaphors and similies galore that seem to be sharing the exact experience of a frantic lust-ridden hook-up. Cheeky nods to wanting to be back within that moment fill every space the drums don’t. These Philly guys sure know how to create a jam, no matter the subject matter.

Laced with raw emotion and nostalgia, “Old Friends” takes the listener on a journey of what it’s like to lose a loved one and wish for one more moment with them. In this melancholy tune that dropped as the album’s third single, the tiny details make all the difference. The fading vocals and overlay of children’s laughter only add to the impact of the overall sound, calling for tissues and a good cry as Walsh’s sorrowful vocals fade away.

Track #7, “Painkiller Weather,” originally dropped as a standalone single, prior to any album news. The poppy, dance along melody contrasts the darker tones of loving someone with an addiction. Whether it’s a friend, parent, or significant other, their addiction will always come first and there comes a time when you begin to realize that you’re not on the top of their priority list and never will be. It’s a difficult pill to swallow, but one you’ll be better for in the end. The video features sunny scenes alongside a lake and the guys jamming out at a show.

Following the leading single with an electronic dance club beat, “What’s On Your Mind” illustrates the push and shove of a toxic relationship during its last few strands before shifting into the ballad of the album, “Asbury.” It’s one last-ditch effort, one last fond memory before allowing everything to fall apart. The untouched recording that allows every scratch of the guitar strings to be heard only adds to the gut-wrenching emotion behind the track itself. Collin’s voice carries a certain rasp that leaves the listener feeling his pain as the story of young lovers falls apart before our eyes.

Feels like a lifetime
I couldn’t let go
Said, “Col let’s have one day
alone, wherever you want to
go, that’s where we’ll go”
One day to share
love and revoke
To settle silence, seek
penance, say woes.

Track 9 | Asbury

Considering all of the emotional build-up within “Asbury,” “Desert Queen” rolls right in like a breath of fresh air. The circling beat and desperate lyrics leave us all dreaming of that dry Arizona heat, especially as we begin to approach to colder days of fall. It’s a solid banger that falls right in line with the theme of the rest of the album, while still finding a way to successfully stand on its own and tell a unique story within its lyrics.

Nella Vita explores a dynamic range of emotions throughout the lyrics of the songs, pairing upbeat rhythms with sadder lyrics but also having acoustic tracks to match.”

Kristen | @KristenZarra

“In My Arms” really pulls in those The 1975 vibes we mentioned earlier. It’s an ambitious track that puts Walsh’s vocal range on display, from high notes to talk-singing and “na na nas” filling our ears. It also is a great example of the talent that lies within their guitarists (Kyne and Molster), bassist (Ventimiglia), and drummer (Veno). Track #11 is giving fans a much funkier version of that generic pop-punk band and we couldn’t support it more. With a balance of intense emotions and possible references to drug use, it’s what Grayscale does best: dealing with hard-hitting topics by combining them with pop beats.

Not letting up on the visuals, the final piece of the puzzle is on that hits the hardest. “Tommy’s Song” is the beautifully haunting product of all the pain and grief Collin Walsh experienced after losing his cousin last year. Beginning with a single piano and raw vocals, this is one that requires time to process and fully understand the weight of every lyric. Every bit of rasp and switch in tone hits just right at that moment, piling on the effects it has on its listener before building to an echoing chorus and finishing with a theatrical crescendo.

I saw angels there
holding your hands
And I pray that it didn’t
hurt too badly my friend
I’ll see you soon,
it’s not the end

Track 12 | Tommy’s Song

As the final words of Nella Vita slowly fade out, we fully encourage you to read along and allow yourself to feel each and every syllable of the message as it falls from Collin’s lips. We guarantee it’s one you won’t forget.

Talk to the ones you love before it’s too late...

“Lyrically and melodically remarkable.”

Alicia | @Brookstills

The tiny details make this album whole; from the children in the backing tracks and the scratches of the guitar strings to the raw vocals and the life-altering messages hidden beneath a gospel choir, it wouldn’t work as well as it does without every single aspect. Each tiny bit adds to how heavily the lyrics weigh on the heart of its listeners, while also leaving us wanting to dance. It’s an incredible thing, unique to Grayscale themselves.

We can’t wait to dance our pain away with the guys on their current headlining tour.

Don’t forget to check out Nella Vita today!

Tour Setlist:

In Violet
Baby Blue
Painkiller Weather
In My Arms
Forever Yours
Old Friends
Just Right
Slipping Away
Twilight (My Heaven)
Beautiful Things
Fever Dream

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Words: Kaiti Fleeger | Featured Photo: Jordan Mizrahi

Dressed Up in Baby Blue With Grayscale

Earlier this morning, the music video for “Baby Blue” premiered over on Rocksound and it’s probably one of our favorites from this era so far.

Matching the jukebox jam vibes of the song, the guys from Grayscale are all dressed in baby blue (jokes?) suits while Collin sings into a retro microphone. The video takes place in a hospital, with each of the guys performing in different rooms. The viewer gets to watch as the typical hospital scenes unfold around the band.

With harsh hospital lighting and a blue hue to match our on-going color theme, everything feels perfectly chaotic and appropriate for this particular track.

The video ends by the band coming together to jam out the final chorus, with the older man waking up from his hospital bed and joining the older woman to dance. Meanwhile, all the other patients and doctors file into the room and it’s one big hospital party, complete with a sparkling disco ball.

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Our favorite Philly band, Grayscale, is taking us on a trip through the rainbow as they drop another brand new single that features a color as its title. “Baby Blue” is track two from their upcoming album Nella Vita, which comes out in just two weeks! Here at Pop Sundae, we can confirm that this track is a certified jam.

And maybe, just maybe we have some exclusive intel that tells us this track is one of the ones the entire band is most excited for fans to hear.

After a few songs that display a newer sound for the band, “Baby Blue” finds itself a little more comfortable within the Grayscale we have all come to know and love. However, this doesn’t come without a twist and a slight play on their typical sound. The bridge features new instruments, as well as some more electronic sounds mixed into their production.

It’s an overall fun, upbeat track that tells us the story of a relationship falling apart and being uncertain about any remaining feelings. Lead vocalist, Collin Walsh‘s voice carries all of the regret and somberness that’s laced throughout the lyrics.

If you listen carefully, you may even recognize the bridge of “Baby Blue.” Back before Grayscale announced their new album, they were posting cryptic videos, some of which featured vocalizations layered over the video. Those vocals came from track two!

I’m so sorry we fell in love

Don’t wanna feel this pain anymore

Safe to say I’m my mother’s son

”Baby Blue” has us excited for the album, we can’t wait to see how these tracks all work together and form a cohesive story. We can already see it piecing together with the four songs we’ve heard.

We’re excited for the album release and set with our pre-orders! Are you?

Get tickets to the Nella Vita Tour now!

09/03 — Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independents
09/04 — College Park, MD @ Milkboy Arthouse
09/05 — Richmond, VA @ Richmond Music Hall
09/06 — Durham, NC @ Sophomore Slump Fest @ Motorco Music Hall
09/07 — Orlando, FL @ Soundbar
09/08 — Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
09/10 — Austin, TX @ Barracuda
09/11 — Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
09/13 — Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock Live
09/14 — West Hollywood, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
09/15 — San Diego, CA @ Voodoo Room @ House Of Blues

09/17 — Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
09/18 — San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
09/20 — Portland, OR @ Paris Theatre
09/21 — Seattle, WA @  Chop Suey
09/23 — Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
09/24 — Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
09/25 — Kansas City, MO @ The Rino
09/27 — Burnsville, MN @ The Garage
09/28 — Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
09/29 — Detroit, MI @ The Shelter
09/30 — Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s 

10/02 — Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
10/03 — New York, NY @ Gramercy Tavern
10/04 — Hartford, CT @ Webster Underground
10/05 — Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
10/06 — Pittsburgh, PA @ Highmark Stadium

10/17 — Mud Row, UK @ Thekla
10/18 — London, UK @ The Electric Ballroom
10/20 — Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy Birmingham
10/21 — Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms
10/22 — Leeds, UK @ Stylus
10/23 — Glasgow, UK @ King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
10/25 — Manchester, UK @ Manchester Club Academy
10/26 — Southampton, UK @ The Loft
10/28 — Hamburg, Germany @ Headcrash
10/29 — Leipzig-Thekla, Germany @ Moritzbastei
10/31 — Munchen, Germany @ Feierwerk e.V.

11/01 — Köln, Germany @ Club Volta
11/02 — Brussels, Belgium @ AB Club
11/03 — Eindhoven, Netherlands @ Dynamo

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Words: Kaiti Fleeger | Featured Photo: Jordan Mizrahi