For a band that’s literally only been around for a year, Smallpools has successfully eased into the indie-pop genre with grace and has gotten a lot of love on multiple social media platforms. Last year, they gained quick recognition from radio stations and tv shows alike with their debut hit “Dreaming”. It was only a matter of time before they produced another catchy-yet-thought-provoking single, and it looks like they found it with their new single “Killer Whales”.
A killer whale is a majestic creature that can be extremely dangerous if you get too close, but still has the ability to charm the heck out of ya. The lyrics of “Killer Whales” pretty much tells the story of someone who walked into a relationship fully knowing exactly how it would end, but still wanted the chance to experience it (which can be indicated in the lines “you called to say ‘can you live with my mistakes?'” and “I called to say ‘can you live with my mistakes?'”). There’s a complementary, no hard feelings tone in the music (obviously) that, when paired with the theme of the lyrics, proves that “she was a concept” that was “the one they spoke about”.
While “Killer Whales” is very much written from the male perspective, there are also subtle moments where he’s not only telling his story, but also telling the story of the girl he connected with who ended up opening up his eyes and heart to a whole different world. The lines “I keep my chest locked tight/til the minute you come around/how did you reach my soul” perfectly indicate the positive effect that she had on him. While she “save save save”d him, he in turned helped her to break free of “submissive tones” and inspired her to find her true passion. While it didn’t necessarily work out between them, he’s still happy that he got his chance with her.
Electronic keyboards, sparkling guitars and energetic drumming combined with frontman Sean Scanion’s smooth vocals command the listener to split their attention between the words coming out of his mouth and the euphoria-inducing music. “Killer Whales” has a peppy, pseudo-Neon Trees meets Rock of Ages feel to it that you can’t help but want to shake your hips and belt out the lyrics to. Despite its certain retro characteristics in its music, this track has all the potential to rank them with the likes of Foster The People, Grouplove and Fitz & the Tantrums.
“Killer Whales” is a great embodiment of what indie-pop is supposed to be. Scanion’s vocals ooze charisma and bring each word to life to tell the story of two people who needed to be together to find their true selves. Its lyrics and instrumentation are a wave of utter charm that fits in well with the bubbliness all over the radio as well as a packed stadium filled with a sea of people. I have no doubts that this track will skyrocket Smallpools’ career to its next chapter.
Check out a stream of “Killer Whales” below!