Tough On Fridays showcase no interest in waiting around for anything lately. With new releases pouring through fairly consistently, and always at the highest level both creatively and production-wise, this latest offering further cements their unwavering passion and skill for the art-form.
Storming through the speakers with nothing so much as an introduction or a moment of quiet, Open My Mind is a brilliantly upbeat and deeply thoughtful pop-rock song – one that subtly leans towards punk-pop with its fast-paced power-chords and the often grunge-soaked nature of the leading melody.
Though their music always strikes a chord, this latest single seems to bring through a whole new level of personality and identity – the lead singer in particular appears immediately connected to the subject matter at hand; you can hear this in both the lyrics and the emotional, energetic manner in which they’re presented. With the song being barely two and a half minutes long, this intensity and realness really has to kick out in order to grab you, and that’s precisely what it does.
Open My Mind is a powerful song, one that works beautifully at volume – enveloping you in the concept and the beautifully melodic chaos of the moment, with professionally arranged guitar-work and a mighty drum-line. Topping it all off perfectly is the grit and urgency of that leading voice – drenching you in these reflections on life, effectively prompting you to consider every line and every idea in relation to your own existence and the world around you. A brilliant effort, quite possibly a personal favorite from the band so far.