It’s the beginning of a new week and I’m starting it off by not telling you all that I’m still a sucker for catchy pop-punk. Instead, I’ve decided to talk about how much I love bands that really capture the full gamut of the human condition. Don’t get me wrong, I love being able to escape my problems by getting lost in a superficially high-energy chorus, but that doesn’t change the fact that sometimes I just want to feel like there’s somebody that I can commiserate with. Thankfully, the Massachusetts-based melodic-hardcore mavens in Aviator have been at the forefront of this for as long as I can remember.

They’re constantly using their brand of emotionally wrought hardcore as a vessel for unbridled catharsis by painting with strokes broad enough that they touch on a myriad of emotions and experiences and packing enough detail to ensure listeners that it’s coming from something truly personal. Today, I couldn’t be more excited to share a new song called “Introvertebrate” with y’all. The tack is finally seeing the light of day, nearly one-year after being cut from their sophomore album, Loneliness Leaves The Light On For Me. In true Aviator fashion, this song hits like an emotional sucker punch to the stomach– leaving you winded, tear-stained, and ready for round two.

Talking about the track, Aviator mentions that “Introvertebrate” was one of the earliest products to come out of the writing process that ultimately yielded Loneliness Leaves The Light On For Me, but was cut at the 11th hour because the original vocal performance and lyrics weren’t deemed to be on par with the rest of the album. Vocalist TJ Copello wrote and recorded a new set of lyrics in late summer 2017, stating “It’s about depression and ADD feeding into one another, and how other people suggest I deal with it vs. how I want to…I tried Adderall for the first time this year and didn’t like it, and that’s what prompted me to write this.

You can stream “Introvertebrate” below.