Bear Witness return with new single Save The Youth I Own as they lead a call to arms amongst big guitars, soulful melodies and a killer chorus.
Alt-rock trio Bear Witness have never been afraid to speak their mind, and new single Save The Youth I Own is a testament to this. Using their instruments and lyrics to convey messages through music, the track appeals to the youth of today, asking them to realise the power they have and not to miss out on any opportunity that comes their way.
Opening with a dirty guitar riff and echoed vocals, lead singer Matt Giorgiou belts out the song’s title amongst brash guitars and a strong momentum pushing the track forwards. With stuttering guitars amongst calm but intrepid slow sections, Linkin Park can be cited as an influence here, but Bear Witness’s take on this is a little more subtle and candid. The vocals feel contained, for the most part, reminding of Daniel Paul Johns from Silverchair but able to switch to more commanding levels at the drop of a hat.
The calm sections really give the song a humility and further throw fire to the points the track is trying to make; these are based around missed opportunities, past regrets and making sure the youth of today grab their chances with both hands.
The shouts of ‘Save The Youth’ just further drive home the point of never just sitting back and settling, and rather get out there and experience life. It does it in a way that doesn’t sound like a lecture from your parents, but more of someone having gone through it and warning others to educate themselves.
The high-octane choruses manage to bring out elements in the music that allow the track to breathe and release an unnerving tension. This tension bubbles under the surface of the verses, with drums playing a vital part in bursting open the chorus when it arrives. The sound is all out, raw rock with no apologies needed, speaking directly to the youth of today.
Save The Youth I Own is a rock belter that sticks to its direct messages, speaking directly to its audience. The trio have envisioned what they wanted to say and played it out beautifully amongst big riffs, heavy guitars and subtle sections that hold everything together. An impressive piece of music that heightens anticipation for upcoming EP Dawn.
By Jamie Parmenter