Song review: Hit The Ground Running – “Falling Apart”

Song review: Hit The Ground Running – “Falling Apart”

Song review: Falling Apart
Band: Hit The Ground Running
Location: Hudson, Ohio
Date of Release: Feb 18, 2014
Genre: Pop/Rock
Reviewer: deadpixel *trial admin*

I just want to start this review off by saying this; if you want to get noticed in a sea of average bands you need to stand out. Using the same formula that’s been done a thousand times before will only blur you into that sea of other bands. Being unique is what helps you get noticed. If you don’t offer anything new people will just continue listening to the bands that have been around for longer than you, bands they already like, that are using the same formula. That being said I do like this song and I think Hit The Ground Running has a lot of potential.

With that mini rant out of the way let’s get into some actual feedback. I’ll start off with the guitars because I don’t really have all that much to say about them. They fit the purpose they serve and are played well in the recording. They keep the song’s flow well and are punchy when they need to be. The “solo” at 2:25 in my mind is a bit too simplistic and could have been used as a chance to show off a bit more skill, but a complex solo isn’t needed in a song like this and the one they went for is a nice transition into the outro. The pitch up at 2:39 is well executed and makes for a nice variation to the somewhat repetitive riffs.

I actually don’t have much to say about the drums either because as with the guitars, they are what is needed and don’t show off anything fancy because it isn’t necessary. I think this is better than trying to fit in a bunch of technical fills and stuff of that nature because it would probably seem out of place in a song such as this so I can’t really view that as a negative.

What to say about the bass… hmm. I would like to hear more of the bass in this song and I think that’s the bottom line. It’s drowned out a lot by the other instruments and when it’s not and you can actually hear it, it’s just following the guitar. I think in parts such as 2:15 the bass needs to be louder. I realise this could be more of a production issue, but it’s so common for bass players to get drowned out in genres of music like this. I don’t think you have to be afraid of people hearing a bass riff every now and then, maybe they’ll even enjoy it, who knows.

The vocals are on point. They suit the genre perfectly and are on pitch throughout the entire song, though I can’t tell for sure if some pitch correction has been used and if it has its subtle enough to not be noticed by the average listener. The secondary vocal track that harmonises at points is well executed and helps the vocals sound as good as they do. Lyrics wise, the song is nothing brilliant and to me a bit confusing at times. I feel as if they don’t flow well and I kind of get a “let’s throw a bunch of cheesy relationship related lines at a wall and see what sticks” vibe from them. Either that or I’m just too stupid to understand the meaning of them. I guess at the end of the day it hardly matters as this bands target demographic probably doesn’t care or look too much into the lyrics anyway.

Production wise this track really shines. All the instruments and vocals have been recorded well and the mixing is well done apart from maybe the bass as I mentioned earlier. The synth suits the feel of the song and is a nice addition. This and smaller details such as the claps near the end and the white noise sweep at the start make the whole thing seem a bit “professional” or at least higher effort than some other small band’s production quality. I would definitely go back to whoever recorded and mixed this track for your future songs as it really does sound great.

The only big problem I have with the track is the intro. Until around 0:38 I think it sounds like some mix between One Direction and some shitty country-pop song. After that, things obviously pick up. Songs like this need to be catchy from the start and the intro just doesn’t do it for me.
I’m not sure how I feel about the fact I could easily mistake this for something made by All Time Low or a similar band. I mean it’s a good thing because they are a successful band that has probably made a good sum of money. But on the other hand you end up offering nothing interesting and that may end up hindering you from getting noticed. If I could recommend one thing it would be to try and spice things up a bit, think a little outside the box and at the very least try to deviate a little from all the other songs in your genre. Overall I enjoyed the track and I think that people who like this type of music will too.

Vocals: 7.5/10
Guitars: 7/10
Bass: Need more/10
Drums: 7/10
Production: 8.5/10
Lyrics: 6/10
Songwriting: 7/10
Overall IPHYB Rating: 7.5/10

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