You’d surmise that a return so unexpectedly vitalized, it was perplexing, combined with an extremely successful Kickstarter program, a band might take the concept of innovation a tad more seriously when writing new music. However, it seems as though So-Cal metalcore turned generi-core outfit, Confide, threw any notions of the seemingly elementary abstraction out the window with their brand new single, “Sooner or Later.”
After just a handful of listens, differentiating the song from countless other cookie-cutter material that can be found in the scene today is virtually impossible. Various peers of the band have previously produced essentially every aspect of the track, orthodox synth-lines and all. Granted it is catchy and you will more than likely find yourself humming along to drummer/vocalist Joel Piper’s infectious melodies; you’re also probably guilty of singing along to the musical atrocity “Call Me Maybe” as well. Just because a song becomes your mind’s next irresistible earworm, doesn’t automatically give it the reputation of actually being good. In the end, it’ll most likely just make you despise the track even more, considering you don’t want it lodged in the confines of your cranium in the first place.
All underground to mainstream juxtapositions aside, “Sooner or Later” is arguably the most forlorn musical letdown to come out of the underground music scene so far in 2013. The band seemingly threw out every ounce of credibility they had earned through past material and abdicated towards the easy way out, so to speak. It’s understandable that Confide are writing music that is “fun to play,” however it’s just disheartening to see such immense talent get swallowed up by so-called industry standards. Here’s to hoping the impending full-length contains something worth listening to, because as of right now, Confide has become just another name drifting amongst the countless other unidentifiable acts that comprise the underground music scene.