The California based pop rock band is back with their new song, “Reliable Narrator."
It’s hard for me to believe that had it not been for TikTok, there’s a chance I wouldn’t have heard the spellbinding music that this indie rock band creates. Every post–whether an acoustic cover of an old favorite or original content–leaves me craving more and on the lookout for the next release. Finally, the time has come, and Chase Petra gave me and their fans the greatest Valentine’s Day Gift anyone could ask for: the release of “Reliable Narrator." The group had high standards to meet after the release of their beautifully intimate EP “4 O’Clock In The Afternoon” in April of 2022, and they certainly did not disappoint.
Pressing play on “Reliable Narrator” was like being dropped in a new world as we are greeted by lead singer Hunter Allen’s comforting vocals taking us on a powerful journey. Hunter’s voice is strong yet vulnerable: a storytelling quality that not many vocalists in this generation have. Their unique vocal style allows us to truly become immersed in the song as an experience, not background noise. This is what won me over in “Contractual”, the first Chase Petra song I ever listened to off of their first album “Liminal” from 2019.
Between the confident lyrics, driving rhythm and ambient voices throughout the track, “Reliable Narrator” makes me want to get up and actually fight for myself, not just think about it whilst taking a drive. Though aware of their flaws, Chase Petra reinforces the need to defend your true self even if it is going to hurt in the end. The So-Cal band consistently delivers lyrics that are relatable and familiar, allowing the listener to feel as if they have found a friend inside of their headphones: this new single is no exception. A group that clearly wants to connect with as many people as possible is one worth paying attention to: bands like this can save lives.
I’m unaware if this song is leading to another EP or album, but either way I am back to waiting on the edge of my seat until Chase Petra releases their next perfectly crafted work.
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