Singles released by smaller bands on the radar can easily a be hit or miss. This is where Rain Check definitely hit the mark. Forming in Abilene, Texas, ‘Drown’ marks the second release this year by the American quintet, a release that has quite a lot to show.

Lets take it from the start. ‘Drown’ has that dark atmospheric opening one would perhaps expect for such a post-hardcore//Emo//alt crossover. In some respects, it’s quite hard to singularly define the track to one genre, as it encompasses such strong elements of all three it becomes its own entity. Tyler Walkers soft, flowing vocals heavily contrast to the sinking depth of the instrumental backing almost embodying the tracks title in a musical aspect – a clever idea and talent. Then comes the bridge. Embodying a soft, emo styled lyrical and vocal pattern throughout, the breakdown of the bridge truly highlights that final blow to listeners, before ending on the quick cathartic straight cutout to end.

There is very little to dislike about Rain Check’s single. The impressiveness of the track as a whole never diminishes and instead, gives a very good track bordering on 10/10. To condense into a short sentence: ‘Drown’ is definitely one to add to your alternative playlists.

Rating: 9/10

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