Breaking The Undertow – Socialitis – Review

Breaking The Undertow - SocialitisBreaking the Undertow, the hard-rocking brainchild of Trevor Heaslip, has released a new single, titled “Socialitis”. Reminiscent of late 90s/early 00’s nu-metal, the band’s latest single is catchy enough to hook younger fans, while also providing a nice dose of nostalgia for listeners in their 30s or 40s.

Breaking The Undertow – Socialitis

The track begins with a clip of a female voice from a voicemail message, before the full band of bass, drums, and multiple distorted guitars, kick the door down and jump into the track together. One guitar handles lead lines during the intro, while the rest of the band sticks to a series of syncopated hits. Heaslip’s vocals enter and immediately paint a lyrical picture, with haunting lines like “I peel back my skin/shallow wounds become infected.” The sections move fast, with the band plowing through the verse and pre-chorus and arriving quickly at the chorus, taking the listener on an energetic thrill ride.

Once in the chorus, Heaslip’s vocals become a sustained call, with his lyrics continuing in the melancholy vibe from the verse. He sings “And I’m not / who you think / I am” on repeat, communicating his feeling of isolation and being misunderstood in a mantric repeat. The band follows his sustained cries with a steady rhythm and thick, sustained chords; foregoing the syncopation of the song’s previous sections in lieu of a straightforward beat.

The intro guitar melody returns after the first chorus, followed by another verse/pre-chorus/chorus run. The arrangement changes slightly the second time around, with various elements cutting out briefly or elaborating on their first verse parts. Emotionally the stakes have also been raised, helping to create a linear movement to the song. The band moves like a freight train, barreling towards the second chorus & beyond.

The bridge after the second chorus is unexpected; as most parts fade away, the rhythm becomes sparse but still bouncy, and the mood seems slightly elevated at first. Heaslip’s dark lyrics create a nice contrast with the music, but the bridge is over as quickly as it began, as a rush of screamed words ushers in a heavy and abrupt ending. With Heaslip’s continually head-spinning writing and arranging, “Socialitis” provides a knock-out punch that leaves listeners simultaneously satisfied and wanting more.

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