Abandon Kansas – “Turn It To Gold”: This might be the catchiest song yet from the Kansas rockers. In honor of the Olympics we have this new single, which has already been picked up by the influential RadioU. There’s a bit of a Walk The Moon vibe in this song. Jeremy Spring sounds like he’s having fun the whole song (as does Brad Foster during his solo) and with the myriad of teaser videos leading up to the release of this single, the band is obviously proud of their work. Yes, this is something to be proud of. Watch the official lyric video below:
Anberlin – “Self-Starter”: Stephen Christian said recently that the band would be releasing the biggest single of their career with the forthcoming Vital. I think this is it. This song is just…epic. Cliches are excusable here. Vocally Christian has never sounded better, a bit of electronic influence draws us in even further on a song that would still be very solid without it. People are not going to tire of this one for a long time. If this song isn’t huge on alternative and rock radio, I will be forever bewildered. Listen for yourself here!
Disciple – “Draw the Line”: Apparently frontman Kevin Young is having problems with his voice to the point that he cannot do rough vocals like he used to. That’s really a shame, because while I’m not surprised by the release of this single obviously written for radio (and following in the footsteps of the wildly popular “Dear X”) there was something special about Disciple’s heavier roots, especially during their self-titled and Scars Remain eras. “Draw the Line” is just OK. It’s a midtempo rocker with a catchy hook, but that’s about it. Many will love it, but longtime fans will be underwhelmed. You can listen to a stream here.
Switchfoot – “The Original”: This is the third mainstream single from the heavily acclaimed Vice Verses. “The Original”, in spite of being a fun song strikes me as an odd choice for radio. The verses are quirky (some might think they are awkward) but the chorus is catchy. The song lacks the arena ready vibes of “Afterlife” and “Dark Horses,” and in my opinion “The War Inside” would have been a better choice. That said, people will still respond to this song because, well, it’s Switchfoot. Even their “bad” stuff is still pretty good. And this isn’t bad by any means.