Just when you think Reckless Serenade is pop-punk, you hear that the next song is alternative rock, and the track after that is more of a folk ballad. Cory Brent (vocals), Mark Neidhardt (guitar), Brian Morgan (bass), and Matt Ruggiero take their signature sound and weave it through a myriad of genres. It may be difficult to classify, but every song is individually fun and engaging.
Bringing down the house. For an unsigned band, house parties can be a viable alternative to traditional club shows. They can be a good way to connect with fans, introduce the music to a variety of listeners, and perform in an intimate atmosphere. Unlike conventional venues, house parties are not regulated by law or policy. In short, anything can (and will) happen. At a Halloween house party in upstate New York, the crowd responded by matching the high energy music with moshing, jumping, and stage diving. That is until the floor of the house gave way. Brent explained, “The main support beam (of the floor) broke, so we had to stop playing a little early. That’s probably the only time it affected our set. Nobody got hurt. It didn’t completely cave in, it just partially caved in”. No one ended up in the basement, but the show was over.
Fake it till you make it. Many times we question our decisions, and it can be overwhelming to second-guess yourself at every turn. In the song, “Burn Brighter”, lyrics say, “Oh I’ve been losing sleep/And sometimes I just fear I’ve gotten in too deep/And I know I’m no different/But I like to pretend” show one way to get through uncertain times. Often pretending that everything is under control, even when it is not, actually helps us to stick with our goals or get through the hard times.
Music is forever. A common theme throughout the music of Reckless Serenade focuses on aging and growing older. Instead of being geared to an older audience, aging is depicted as a reconciliation of adult responsibilities with the freedom of youth. Brent is an “old soul” who uses the concept of growing old to show the passing of time. Younger listeners identify with the “coming of age” concept most people face as they graduate from college and begin their careers. Older people find a nostalgic connection, remembering that same time in their past. He said, “It strikes a chord in (all age) groups. I think it’s kind of interesting, because, obviously for me, it’s a very personal thing”. The music appeals to all generations, because it is relatable at any age.
There’s no place like home. At some point, we all long to break away from home and pursue our dreams. The song “Chasing Lights” describes, “I’ve been dying to let go/I’ve been holding on tight/Stopping at these green lights/Babe I know, I’ve been so alone/Trying to find home/Tonight tonight we’re chasing lights”. It is difficult, even impossible at times, to escape where you are from. You can live in a place for years, because that is where your dreams took you, but you still miss home, wherever that may be. On the other hand, some people may never feel at home where they grew up, and long to find a place that offers acceptance for who they are.
Reckless Serenade offers a free download of their song, “Take Me Back to the Summer” on their bandcamp site. They are currently planning a three week tour and have announced that a new song titled, “Autumn Eyes” will be released on January 20, 2015. Until then, you can watch “Take Me Back to the Summer” video here: