The latest single release from Tonight's Hero brings out a cinematic combination of warm-toned indie and classic rock that come through with an anthemic undertone and a summer sunset vibe the whole way through.
"Nothing New Under the Sun" has a lot of heart and hints towards a late 90s radio rock sound with bendy and twangy guitars that help Drive the song and give it that touch of an extra edge when needed.
The single definitely keeps to a somewhat youthful Vibe but the lyrics and songwriting are so done with a sense of maturity and the whole thing has this little bit of existential premise to it.
This track is relatable to many people, which I found very refreshing, and it's still done with this great sort of family-friendly rock tonality and feels really good to listen to.
You get some great layers of guitar work and these synths behind it that fill the space and help really create this atmosphere as the story gets told.
You also get the feeling that this band absolutely has a pure love for their craft because the song is dripping with heart and honesty the entire time which is something that you don't get that often anymore, so it was a nice thing to hear.
It's also done with such a great balance between a little bit of an alternative undertone but still with this subtle aspect to it like the distortion isn't super heavy and the song is very focused on those strong choruses and again, creating that atmosphere that feels vast in a way.
You can tell right away that this is the type of band that you would love to go see live because the energy on the track is balanced so well and has so much life in it that you would imagine a live performance would be outstanding.
This is definitely a song that is more than worthy of plenty of playlists that you most likely have and that strange nostalgic feeling that comes along with listening to the song is something that's addictive.
I myself listen to the song quite a few times and it never loses its meaning or those little touches of impactfulness that it came with, so you get the vibe that this lyrically came from someplace genuine.
With the release of such a wonderfully woven single, we wanted to have a sit-down with Tonight's Hero to find out what this song was really about and what inspired it along with what might be coming next for the band.
Here's what happened.
Buzz Slayers: What kind of things really inspire songs for you?
ALEX: We’re both movie buffs. I started my college career as a film major. Tim’s the one that actually got the degree. And in this golden age of television, there’s no shortage of inspiration to be found.
TIM: I tend to write about my own misadventures filtered through different points of view. There’s always a degree of truth to everything, but sometimes you just need to let the song reveal itself to you. Some lyrics that start off as a joke or “filler” end up being my favorite parts.
Buzz Slayers: This single has some great styles combinations on it! Can you give us some of your biggest influences musically?
TIM: This song in particular had a bit of a conscious throwback sound to 90s alternative rock, groups we would enjoy hearing on the radio as kids. Specifically Nirvana and Weezer.
ALEX: We appreciate it! Strangely enough, there’s a My Chemical Romance track that I kept going back to during this creation. It’s called “We Don’t Need Another Song About California.” It’s a medium tempo track but one that’s constantly driving forward with a big guitar sound.
Buzz Slayers: What are you all doing when you're NOT working on music?
TIM: I do an awful lot of daydreaming! Aside from that, we both keep busy with day jobs to pay the bills.
ALEX: In my free time there’s a lot of hanging out with my amazing two dogs. A lot of tv and movies. And trying every craft cocktail that Nashville has to offer.
Buzz Slayers: Who's in all your headphones right now?
TIM: Lately, I’ve been into the latest albums from White Reaper and FIDLAR. You hear a lot of “punk is dead” talk no matter the era, so it’s always cool to have bands like these to shut people up. I also caught Jeff Rosenstock on his most recent tour and it was an absolute blast of a show!
ALEX: I’ll definitely echo the White Reaper. And I’m still obsessed with “Lucifer on the Sofa” by Spoon. They can do no wrong.
Buzz Slayers: Are you guys doing any live performances right now?
TIM: We’re currently exploring opportunities to play live, but don’t have any concrete plans at the moment.
Buzz Slayers: Did you record yourself or hit a big studio for this?
TIM: All of our songs are self-produced and recorded, but with our last two singles, we did hire an outside mixer. I think it helps having that extra set of ears involved in the process.
Buzz Slayers: What can your fans expect from you in the near future?
TIM: We’re looking forward to releasing more music soon! We have quite a few demos we’re working through at the moment, and are finishing discussions on whether we complete a new standalone single or dive right into an album.
ALEX: We always have so many ideas in the works. Half the time, our hurdle is figuring out which tracks to focus on. But rest assured, there will be new tracks soon. We love incorporating different influences in each release, so each new track feels fresh, but still accessible and connected to the rest of our library. There’s a track coming soon that we think you’ll all really love.
Buzz Slayers: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?
TIM: Thank you for listening! It’s truly amazing to see our streaming numbers go up, and sometimes a bit daunting knowing how many people out there are listening to our music.
ALEX: I just want to echo what Tim said and thank everyone for the listens. It’s such a thrilling feeling to see people listening and sharing our tracks. We love sharing what we come up with and hope it means as much to you as it does to us.