My head’s not in the place it needs to be. My younger brother had another two seizures this weekend (we have our guesses as to why but no confirmations), and when one song in particular from The Tragic Thrills’ self-titled came on, I broke down and it took a minute or 10 to get back to the rest of the album. When the tears were gone I recollected and decided this was one a really amazing album.
I thought The Tragic Thrills were going to be some metalcore band just based on the source I got it from, but then “Tears” (the song, not mine) began and I was welcomed by this overtly positive sound that could pass for either a Grouplove tour companion or The Summer Set’s older brother. By the time “Gospel” rolled around I was set on declaring this a solid record.
After a weekend filled with early morning wake up calls and worrisome thoughts, I needed something like this. The best songs though were the ones that hit a personal nerve – “Afterthoughts” and “Fever” The first was the one that reminded me of my brother and the idea of getting a call I hope to never receive; when you go who’ll remember you? The other, “Fever,” was this song about reassuring someone that you believe in them. It starts out with talking about the girl working to become a writer and well, hello…
The Tragic Thrills’ record plays well with others and if you’re looking for a new friend, please extend your hand and grasp on to this one. I did and it seems to be working out. If you’re like wait, The Summer Set? I said their older brother so it’s not all cutesy lyrics but just the fact that it makes you feel happy with its light approach to music at times. So if you’re interested (which you should be), check out The Tragic Thrills, out now.