On the Internet, it’s hard to get in on the ground floor of a great act. Thankfully, we’re lucky enough for one to land right in our laps in the form of The Rest twice. While who debuts what shouldn’t matter, when it’s something unique like this new song, we have to tout its massive potential to be something big.
The Rest is a Hamilton, Ontario seven-piece. Their sound can be described as something light and airy, leaning toward the orchestral folk-pop side. But as a song like “Cried Wolf (and Other Animals)” demonstrates, they’re so much more than that. The track is sparse if anything else, with a haunted vibe of strings and lots of ambient layers, with a drum that pierces through the silence before everything picks up rather suddenly. What was once cold and lonely is suddenly bright and breezy, with a repetitive guitar, bass and rhythmic drum that moves the song along at a manic pace. But the treat is singer Adam Bentley’s voice. What sounds like a gorgeous death rattle, simmering over with pain at every note, is something as equally forceful.
If the song isn’t enough, you can download the band’s latest EP, Cried Wolf Book/EP, here. It’s a four song effort that tells the tale of the grown up Boy Who Cried Wolf. The book, which features art by MLXNDRSC, is an even more whimsical and dark version of something Lewis Carroll might spin. Plus, enjoy the band channeling Alfred Hitchcock in their video for “The Lady Vanishes”. With influences like that, how can you go wrong?
The band’s debut LP Everyone All At Once is available March 15th via Something In Construction.
“Cried Wolf (and Other Animals)”