Aussie rockers Tonight Alive have been inducing sing-alongs and enthusiastic jumping since 2008, but the band really exploded onto the scene with their debut 2011 album What Are You So Scared Of? And they have been beloved and valued members of the pop rock/pop punk scene ever since!
And the Aussie crew are back with their new album Underworld. We’re stoked!
The album kicks off with the atmospheric, electronically flourished ‘Book Of Love’. The drum-heavy rhythm and Jenna McDougall’s smooth, layered vocals make the vibrant track the perfect opener to Underworld.
Singer Jenna McDougall has explained that the album as a whole is very intimate, showing parts of her that she didn’t necessarily believe she would be able to share with the world. And this raw, unfiltered honesty is present throughout—especially in the huge, powerful ‘Temple’. The song is a product of a tough period of sickness and fatigue in McDougall’s life. The punchy song is expressive, energetic and unbelievably catchy! The track has quickly become one of our favourite TA tunes! Its simple, repetitive lyrical content and thick, lively riffs make it the perfect anthem to sing (or scream) along to.
Elsewhere, the smooth, flowing ballad ‘Disappear’ features PVRIS’s own Lynn Gunn. The track sounds exactly like what you’d get if you crossed pop punk with PVRIS: an incredibly striking (and very moody, 90s-style) ballad. ‘For You’ is a sweet track with a delicate melody and vivid riffs. The delicate song has an air of hopefulness and optimism. Similarly ‘Last Light’ features a similar subtleness and ethereal quality.
Underworld is a cohesive, honest and passionate album. It is exactly the kind of thing we’d expect to hear from Tonight Alive because they aren’t the kind of band that makes cool melodies with no substance—and we love that about them!