“[It] touches on the importance of words, their meaning and their power. The lyrics reflect on how words can be used to comfort, empower and encourage. But it also reflects on how they can be used to agitate, hurt and destroy,” says The Phoenix Within’s frontman Omar Feliciano of the band’s new single ‘Tenfold’.
Tackling the themes of using words to build relationships and bridges instead of using them to hurt, ‘Tenfold’ is already a powerful statement, regardless of the music. The track’s arrangement, luckily, has almost an equal power with a set of riffs that very much hark back to the 90s emo movement – specifically bands like Sense Field and Shift – which, combined with a thoughtful vocal performance, results in a fantastic three minute alt-rock tune that should appeal to fans of 90s sounds as well as lovers of bands like Fall Out Boy.
Not using words as personal attacks is something we can all learn from and is more relevant now than ever, since 2020 is currently going through an overhaul and questioning many now unacceptable attitudes. You can stream the new single via the YouTube link below. Alternatively, you can buy an mp3 from your preferred choice of digital vendor.
REAL GONE SAYS: Keeping your attitude towards others in check (especially when using language that can be used to attack those in marginalised groups) is something that we should all be mindful of. Perhaps someone should tell one of the members of sludge metal collective Bible Basher.