The airwaves are just not the same when Hook are not playing so it's exciting to listen to their first release of 2021. Best Days is a song about youth, university, and what many say are the best days of our life. The song looks at this cliché and uncovers feelings of angst, loneliness, and exclusion. Unless you're particularly confident, making friends is difficult and there's no-one keen to make the effort with you. Singer-songwriter Eoin worked with drummer Morgan to craft this piece, both of whom hope that those days were not the best they'll have. The 80s new-wave alt-rock sound the band have fashioned and become known for is the perfect backdrop to this kind of composition.
With a smash of distorted guitar, the music begins. Plucked chord shapes create a verse melody that progresses as the vocals enter. Drums scamper on the upbeat tempo as hats and kick meet snare in an easy-going rhythm. The music swells into an electric garden of notes and harmony as the chorus takes us into the sense of better things to come. A key tightness between instruments brings out true resonances that glow with expertly manicured fizz. A sing-a-long element makes it easy to follow and keep up with the repeating words while head-bopping tones keep the energy rising like smoke.
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