Song: Earth Means Dirt
Date Of Release:September 26th
Genre: Indie Rock/Pop-Punk
Reviewer: Daniel Balcombe
For Fans Of: Weezer, Jimmy Eat World, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
"Oh, mother when you raised me, When I was just a baby - You didn’t think to tell me The world is a mess"
The syncopated guitar kicks off the track and then a nice lead lick that brought me right back to the early 2000' pop rock vibe had me hooked.
The first verse consists of just bass and drums and the husky tone of the lead singer whose voice is quite unique sounding. The song builds nicely into the first chorus with reflective lyrics and it comes back around to the intro lead lick that is very melodic and pop influenced, almost as if it's a synth.
The second verse breaks down even more with a marching bass line and drum beat until the band comes back into the chorus and the vocalist begins adding more layers and higher notes. The song flows nicely, keeping my ears interesting as the band adds in and takes out layer until the dual vocals kick in towards the end and this is where I feel Alaina have hit their stride. I really dug the contrast with the vocals and the mid verse stop that kicks back into the final stop start chorus and the lead vocalists really pushing his voice towards the end with some nice high notes.
Overall I was pretty impressed with the structure and the majority of the section of the track. The production quality is also top notch, indeed a step up from their last single in 2018 titled 'I Am Not A Freak'. Not only do the vocals of front-man Ryan Valley sound tighter and more refined but each instrument comes through cleanly and not one instrument or vocal line overpowers the other.
Alaina blends the verses and chorus's really well into each other that it doesn't feel like your stock standard verse, chorus, verse chorus but rather a "whole" track that has great dynamics throughout.
The music video sees the band playing in a dimly lit room with only harsh blue and purple lights, helping to make the vibe of the video much more moody and creating interesting silhouettes with the shadowing. The rest of the video tells a narrative of what seems to be a couple going through various stages of their relationship, with what could almost be a retrospective look at their time together nearing the end of the video.
I'm impressed with 'Earth Means Dirt' and I think fans of the early 2000's emo/indie rock sound will dig it also!
Would You Go And See Them (WYGAST) : 3/5
Mixing: 8.5/10 Video Production: 16/20 Visual Effectiveness: 14/20
Personal Enjoyment: 7/10