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


Hailing from Birmingham Alabama come House Fight, a debut band releasing their debut single ‘Drown’. So what do House Fight have to offer?

‘Drown’ is a fast paced pop-punk track. Is there much else to say? Not really. Every aspect in the track that should be distinguishable is mashed so heavily together that it just forms one large block of sound. The tracks overall rhythm is good and is kept through the track. While it may become slightly repetitive towards the end, the band do include a little acoustic moment, gang vocals and a little different ending to shake things up. House Fight do achieve the aspects of pop-punk no doubt and do have a set genre they fall into, but still have a little way to go to push this into their own original style. ‘Drown’ itself does fall more on the generic pop-punk style, but what’s important is that the band know their style well and know their genre goal.

This is House Fight’s first track and sometimes it does take a little while to really define a bands sound. Don’t give up on them just yet, cause they could surprise you.

Rating: 3.5/10