The can’t-be-tamed Denver party boys are at it again! Recently signing to Columbia Records, home of many successful artists such as MGMT, Passion Pit, and J.Cole, Breathe Carolina have switched their work ethic into high gear this year, flying from one side of the country to the next I can’t imagine how exhausted they all must be.
When the rumors about a new song floated to the surface, I was hanging off the edge of my seat for a release date. The band even teased their fans with a 30 second sample that people immediately learned the lyrics to, but after months of anticipation, the boys have finally premiered their newest radio single “Hit and Run” on Texas radio show Kidd Kraddick in the Morning.
“Hit and Run” is what Breathe Carolina has been about since they’ve started. It’s amazing to see how well they’ve developed their sound by bringing in new musical characteristics and making it work for their style. Every single album sounds different from the next, but always has the same elements that made Breathe Carolina’s sound nonpareil. The song is bouncy, energetic, and makes me want to pop an expensive bottle of champagne in a limo with some single friends.
One difference in this song that I noticed is that Kyle Even, one of two vocalists for Breathe Carolina, sings a lot more than usual. I think his soprano chords melt into David Schmitt’s deep, raspier, much more mysterious voice. Though the boys may have alternative roots, the way they have incorporated a little old school techno with a more sinister backbeat always makes for a perfect party song.
The first time I heard Kyle sing, and being able to sing so high surprised me a little. You’d understand me if you’ve ever met the guy, he’s a jolly giant with a permanent smile on his face. He’s probably the only one who can probably compete with Mod Sun’s perky cheeks (though I’m convinced that Mod is perpetually happy).
The Breathe Carolina boys say that “Hit and Run” wasn’t meant to be a single at all, but something to give to their fans as well as radio-listeners. The song, according to David and Kyle, isn’t meant to mean anything in specific. They left it open for fans to interpret in any way.
With a lot of guidance from their producer Ian Kirkpatrick, who’s worked with artists like Neon Trees and Valencia, I predict “Hit and Run” will be Breathe Carolina’s second successful radio hit.
Breathe Carolina’s career is on fire and I cannot wait to see them tear the fuck out of the main stage at this summer’s Warped Tour 2012! They will be playing that stage through the whole tour with some of my all-time favorites including Taking Back Sunday. I'm so proud of how far they've come and will always support them!