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PERMANENT SUNDAY - THIS MORNING

WE REVIEW THE NEW SINGLE FROM PERMANENT SUNDAY – THIS MORNING

Storming through with their debut single, RGM welcomes Austrian outfit Permanent Sunday and their track This Morning.

The four-piece pulls from traditional rock sounds and structures in a track that faces trials and tribulations. From chunky guitar hooks, anthemic choruses and tongue-in-cheek lyrical approaches, This Morning has all the makings of a stadium rock track.

The group focuses on classic overdriven guitars with rhythmic timing from the drums. It’s a classic Foo Fighters-by-numbers kind of track. The vocals are a harsh entry into the track with the production not mixing the tones well with the instruments in the background.

The vocals themselves suit the genre fine with delightful harmonies in the chorus. However, the mixing is certainly shooting the band in the foot. The verse is disappointing with how catchy this chorus and post-chorus are.

Even the backing vocals in the second verse feel lackluster, but at the same time, the lead vocals are better sounding this time around. Perhaps the band didn’t have a big budget for the studio and that is fair, but it certainly distracts from the solid instrument performance.

The lyrical themes of This Morning focus on setbacks and mistakes learned on journeys. The theme is deep with the idea of progression resolving as nothing. It actually materialises as a character lost and stagnant. Ergo, a moment of reflection is required.

It sees the character in the band in a situation they’d never expected of themselves (being in a bar at 10 am), but they’re given the reality shock. Whilst the lyrics feature the classic rock themes of bars, cocaine, the devil, and intoxication, its full story is bleakly poetic.

Sometimes it’s easy to overlook a story with how upbeat a lot of engaging rock tracks can be. However, Permanent Sunday’s first outing is a well-respected and thought-provoking piece. It will be interesting to see where the band progresses with less subtle guitar leads and chord-heavy directions. This Morning is perfect for lovers of rock music.

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