Formed 2009 in Southern, Ontario – the group St.Yesterday quickly gained a loyal following for their outrageous style and swashbuckling attitude. Following an almost complete line-up change less than a year later, the group landed a supporting role on tour with Canadian punk icons “Die Mannequin” and was featured on pop-radio station B101 (CIQB FM). Led by Danny Payne, Jack Panic and Felix Foxtail, the trio effortlessly combines energetic performances on stage with powerful melodically driven songs.
St.Yesterday has recently released the single “Falling”. There are some bands out there like Katatonia, Tool, Evergrey or even hidden, lesser known gems such as Divine Ratio, Starset, This Misery Garden, Flaw, The Panic Division, Cyrenic, Dead Letter Circus, etc. who suddenly make you realize how bland, simplistic and similar mainstream rock music really is. However, there are a few alternative and mainstream sounding bands who manage to still hold my attention and St.Yesterday is at the very top of that list as of today.
“Falling” is quite creatively inclined combining the best elements of their previous work and adding in just enough new and inventive juice to make me want to hear more new music from them. The chorus gave me goosebumps when I heard it, and I felt like I just wanted to put it on repeat. This track possesses the iconic lyrical and vocal ability of Danny Payne in spades. Those familiar with the St.Yesterday sound will notice that the band is experimenting with interesting chord progressions and epic string tones while maintaining their signature rock hard sound.
While the music is great regardless of how actively you’re listening, there is definitely a payoff to being attentive. The lyrics are quite powerful and moving, while the instrumentation is complex and dynamic. Though it has a familiar classic sound that takes you back to the melodic arena rock bands, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, on the contrary it is what probably sets them apart from the current mainstream rock bands.
There seems to be a spark in St.Yesterday that is missing in most of their contemporaries. And it’s because they seem to have more heartfelt passion running through their musical arrangements than almost anyone else. A deft ear will immediately notice a band with great potential, powered by an exceptional voice, gifted composers and solid, distinctive, powerful, and outstanding musicians. I’m so glad these guys are bringing back epic melodic rock again!