Pop-rock quintet based out of San Diego, California, The Tragic Thrills, re-released its debut album on Washington Square, an imprint of Razor & Tie Records. Not only does the album consist of honest lyrics from frontman Zach Porter, but an upbeat, feel-good kind of mood throughout the entire album.
The album opens with the track “Tears.” The song is a powerful indication of what The Tragic Thrills are all about. Porter sings “I lost it all, I punched the wall again, but it was stronger than my hands, they were swollen, they were red.” The song is about how we are all human and there are things that will hurt us. But it’s up to you to overcome those struggles.
A few tracks into the album and we hear “Creeps and Strangers.” The track is ultimately about taking a chance and doing what you really want to do in life rather than work a boring job and become basic. The song has potential to be the best on the album both lyrically and musically. A steady piano melody is consistently played under a catchy vocal melody overlapping from Porter. Echoed drums chime in during the chorus as Porter repeatedly sings “Please don’t go, that life is for creeps and strangers.”
The band demonstrates a serious side to its music with the song “Fever.” The track features three different stories sung by Porter, all dealing with believing in another person’s passion, regardless of how that person still feels about it. An acoustic guitar is strummed during the entire song as Porter sings, “I believe in you, I believe in your fever.”
The album ends with the track “Main Girl.” It’s the most unique on the album compared to all of the other songs because Porter is actually speaking instead of singing during the verses. While the lyrics consist of how much the songwriter loves his relationship and the person he is in love with, it still highlights strong instrumentation. A simple guitar chord-pattern combined with a constant piano tapping demonstrates a modern sound people can all relate with.
The Tragic Thrills show potential with its debut self-titled release. The music is about living the best life you can. It’s about staying honest to yourself and grow as a human being. If this release still hasn’t caught your attention, the band’s next release will definitely make it’s mark.