TAKE THE REINS’ latest offering, “Last Stop Motel,” is a powerful alt-punk track that’s sure to get your blood pumping. The sweeping guitar sound and full, bright chords create a wall of sound that’s both cloudy and pleasing, giving the song a nostalgic, happy feel. Fans of bands like Green Day, Bowling for Soup, Fountains of Wayne, and Weezer will definitely enjoy this one.
But “Last Stop Motel” is more than just a catchy hook and a great sound. It’s a song about mental health and feeling trapped, about not seeing a way out of a situation. The lyrics allude to the helplessness and horrors people faced during the pandemic, but also the challenges many are up against in their daily lives.
Frontwoman Courtney Boyers’ vocals are raw and emotional, conveying nostalgia and the complex emotions. The rest of the band, including drummer Rebel, lead guitarist David Burke, rhythm guitarist Dan Duffy, and bassist Erik Hilger, provide a solid foundation for Boyers’ vocals, creating a cohesive sound that’s both powerful and cohesive.
Overall, “Last Stop Motel” is a fantastic addition to TAKE THE REINS’ discography. It’s a well-crafted alt-punk anthem that will have you singing along in no time. If you’re a fan of alternative rock, alt-punk, power rock, or pop punk, this song is definitely worth a listen.
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