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Openside - Single Review: No Going Back

03 May 2018 // A review by ShelleySketch
Openside seem to constantly be on our radar, opening for bands like All Time Low and Fall Out Boy and just consistently releasing music. They released their EP Push Back, followed by I Feel Nothing and now we have their new single No Going Back.

In this new track, vocalist Possum Plows is mixing up her vocals a bit as well, going from whispered verses to a powerful chorus. The chorus is definitely that pop sound we love from Openside. But No Going Back definitely has elements everyone can appreciate. It’s very catchy and sounds like the type of track you would blast on the radio.

The song seems to be about a relationship that has ended but the feelings are still there. Openside have also released a video to the track which tells a similar story. It is simple yet effective and very well shot.

There is no stopping Openside at the moment and it will be exciting to see what they have in store for us next.

★★★★★ (5 stars)

Review written by Shelley Te Haara

About Openside

Auckland based emo-pop quartet Openside have already featured in 2018 in Alternative Press, Line of Best Fit and Billboard’s Pride Playlist. With two NZ Top 40 singles under their belt, No Going Back and I Feel Nothing, their incisive examinations of identity and relationships are resonating with an ever-growing audience.

After spending the winter touring New Zealand to play to all ages crowds and having supported everyone from Twenty One Pilots and Fall Out Boy to Ellie Goulding and Panic! At The Disco, the group unleashed a three-track EP in 2018, Episode One: Character Flaws accompanied by its very own comic book and launched at Auckand’s Armageddon comic culture expo in October.

Capturing all the energy of their live performances, assured songwriting and production, the first single, Character Flaws is a self-described ‘anthem for the insecure’ that punches straight from the heart, reinforcing the connection the band are making with young audiences through their empowering messages, led by the group’s gender non binary vocalist Possum Plows.

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Episode One: Character Flaws
Year: 2018
Type: EP
Push Back
Year: 2016
Type: EP

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