Bolshy guitars and a catchy chorus help David Hales from Sonic Fuel heal the heartache and come out the other side on track I Will Rise.
Music has always been used to heal the hurt and make sense of your feelings, for both musicians and listeners. It can be a form of self-medication; a personal therapist that helps you through those tough times. New track I Will Rise from Sonic Fuel is exactly this, with singer and guitarist Davis Hales delving deep within himself to open up about love, loss and redemption amongst an energetic chorus with an open heart.
Throwing the listener straight into the fray, heavy guitars and drums bounce forward, setting up for the intense but playful track that follows. It has an essence of pop rock about it and perhaps a subtle tinge of county in the rhythm and emotional musings with story-based pnderings that work really well. Singer/guitarist David Hales is obviously drawing on experience which really comes through in the sincerity of the vocals and the passion that is released.
The verses saunter along in a pleasing manner, perhaps at times calling out for another layer or two to hold it together, but by the time we arrive at the chorus, the energy is released and we’re full throttle, both musically and emotionally. Lyrics throughout I Will Rise are driven by self analysis and a heavy heart that is on the mend. As Hales states himself, “it’s a cry out to the world that the darkness someone has left writing in you will soon be a thing of the past.” This is evident throughout the track with lyrics discussing heartache and loss, but also perseverance, picking yourself up and driving forward with life: “No one can see the fire that’s inside of me, I know I will rise again”.
The musicianship throughout is strong with a decent guitar solo that really helps to pull the track together, the only thing that is perhaps missing is a surprise or two – the track’s layout can feel a little generic at times and you’re just waiting for that something special to happen to make it really stand out. That said, it really does nothing wrong and is a jolly good high energy romp.