We review the new single from BIRCHES, See Yourself Tomorrow
Heavily inspired by both indie and emo genres, BIRCHES hail from Northern Ireland and bring a mixture of everything aforementioned to every aspect of their music.
When people think of emo, they’re likely to conjure pictures of brightly coloured hair, pop punk adjacent music, and out there fashion choices. But the genres original roots come from a much more personal space, deriving its name from “emotional”. This idea of going back to those roots comes on hard within BIRCHES music, and See Yourself Tomorrow is exactly the track to show that.
With an ominous message of waking up tomorrow and looking in the mirror, the writing is on the walls as the track discusses one of the darkest sides of human nature, suicide.
In the modern music landscape, it’s become more and more common to discuss mental health in music, and use said music as an outlet and escape. With some artists going so far as to lay their own struggles out on the table within their music.
See Yourself Tomorrow shuns the idea that expressing your struggles and searching for help are some taboo practice. Instead the inclusivity is on full display, with the lead vocals becoming more and more fraught with desperation towards the end of the track. It becomes a desperate cry to someone who quite possibly cannot hear them, as he desperately screams, “we know how it feels, we’ll be there till the end”. It’s brutal in its expressiveness, and lays the feelings of the entire band on the table for the world to see.
It’s never expressed explicitly that the band members have experienced struggles themselves, but the inference is there, and it’s powerfully haunting in how this is handled.
The musical side of See Yourself Tomorrow is one that’s a little easier to unpack, with a straightforward 4-man band setup that mesh together excellently. From its groovy and pronounced bass that is an absolute standout on the track. The rhythm guitar takes the place that the bass would usually sit, letting the heavy tones really shine and give that reflection of the songs whole mood perfectly. The drums are extremely gentle for the most part, and keep a low profile for almost all the track, yet they make themselves known at key points, such as the false ending.
See Yourself Tomorrow has got to be one of the most raw and brutally real tracks in recent memory. It confronts a dark subject matter, provides an answer to it, and opens its arms with unabashed inclusivity. It’s incredibly moving, mature and a testament to how much a song can stir feelings in someone.