Yours Truly [Musician Spotlight]

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This week I thought I would focus on a single band that has caught my eye of late instead of talking about multiple tracks. I thought it would be a nice way of giving some more detail about the music and it’s an excuse for me to dig deeper into who the band is and their overall sound.

This week the band is Yours Truly. I think what caught me most about this band is how much it reminds me of Riot era Paramore. Not to say that this is a copy of Paramore, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they talked about being influenced by them–plus it’s a punk-pop band with a female singer so Paramore is where most people’s minds go.

Background

Image from their Facebook page

The band is from Sydney, Australia and is made up of five members: Mikaila Delgado (vocals), Teddie Winder-Haron (guitar), Jack (bass), Lachlan (guitar), and Bradley (drums). They fit into the pop-punk genre, I guess–though, personally, I don’t think genres matter that much given how big the music industry is.

They released an EP on April 12th of this year. As far as my research can gather, they have yet to release a full album at the time of writing this.

There’s not a lot I could find about them just from reading on their social media and website. I’m sure if I scrolled through their Twitter long enough I would be able to scrap together a few more, scattered details but I’m not sure if I’m ready to commit to that.

Now, onto the music (which is what I’m really interested in)…

High Hopes (2018)

No, this is not a cover of the Panic! at the Disco song. Just getting that out of the way right off the bat.

I can’t help but dance along with this song which is usually enough for me to listen to it over and over again. I mean, that opening with just the guitar? That caught my attention immediately. It’s simple, but it sets the pace for the rest of the song as the other instruments slide in to join it. There is a great ebbing to the instrumentation as it flows into the verse and comes crashing into the chorus–adding some dynamics to the song with these levels in volume and intensity.

Well, I’ve had high hopes up till now
And now I’ve realized
You’ll never be my hero

I will say this about the vocals: Mikaila has a solid mixed-voice. That chorus is pretty high and she doesn’t flip into her head-voice once–basically shouting the lyrics. That’s a difficult thing to maintain so complete respect for that.

In fact, I looked up some videos of this song live and it definitely looks like this is at the top of her mixed range. Not to say the singing is lacking when live–as some singers are–but, while she can hit the notes, there is some tightness to the sound. None of the videos had great sound quality so I can’t get into any more detail than that. I will say there is great energy to their performance though and they’re certainly fun to watch perform.

I Can’t Feel (2019)

I like how the drums are given some space to shine in this song. I’ll be honest, drums are not something I notice most of the time when I’m listening to music. Probably because I don’t play drums so I don’t know that much about them on a technical level but I do enjoy how in this case the guitars take a bit of a backseat during the verses to let the drums have some room.

There are some really nice tempo changes and little switch-ups that keep this song from getting repetitive–whether it’s in the lyrics breaking the pattern or the drums changing the beats (I don’t know enough about drums to know if there is an actual term for that).

If only I could put this mind to rest
My days blend into one another, see?

More than that, I love the contrast of the upbeat music with the darker lyrics that talk about wanting to feel happy and get over whatever is bothering you but being unable to make it happen. It does a good job at bluntly describing how frustrating it can be to just be depressed. People assume that you can get over it if you really try but here’s the thing: nobody wants to be depressed. Everyone who experiences it is trying to be happy and move on with their lives but sometimes you get stuck.

That kind of subject matter over a dancey track is an interesting choice that I think reflects how people try to outwardly be upbeat and hope that no one digs deeper to see that they’re not as happy as they may seem.

Conclusion

There’s definitely talent in this band and I have a lot of fun listening to their music. In fact, while writing this I was constantly singing their songs because they kept getting stuck in my head. I’m not sure if I can yet say that I would go out of my way to see them live but if and when Yours Truly decides to release an album, I’ll certainly give it a listen.

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