As a debut single, New Revolution’s Stay at Home Pessimist carries a lot of rough round the edges styling. Ones that are typical of both new bands and of the hard rock and garage genres that they’re tackling.
Straight away we’re hit with the main vocal hook, a chant of the titular pessimist who is more than likely written from personal experience. The lyrics give an insight into someone who believes in nothing, no religion, no ideals, not even themselves. Along with this they feel like they’re following a trend of mental health awareness.
There are quite a few voice cracks throughout the track which could be off putting to some, but it really accentuates the raw, harsh, and dark lyrical themes. By toeing the line somewhere between hard rock, garage, punk, grunge, and melodic hardcore; New Revolution really give a relatable feeling with the dark and drab life that a lot of people have become used to in recent years,
The instrumentals are nothing to shake a stick at either, with some heavy down strung guitars bringing an intense crunchy feel. And a bass that’s so deep, accentuated, and heavy that it becomes impossible to ignore. The bass even takes the front running position in some cases, giving the heavier tone and feel to the song throughout. The drums and percussion fall right in line with everything else, being punchy and solid throughout but not really pushing beyond that. It’s a sensible choice, given how densely packed everything else is.
Rounding things out towards the end of the track, is a guitar solo that’s as heavy as the track gets and really punches the listener in the face with how good it is. It show’s a lot of promise instrumentally for the band. This is followed up by an unabashedly harsh scream of the songs main anthem style chant that really sells the emotional core and the overall anguish present in the song.
The main issue with Stay at Home Pessimist is its overuse of its chorus as the overall main lyrics of the song. They become very overused after a couple of listens and show the weak link in New Revolution being their lyrics. It’s easily improved upon, namely by releasing a less anthemic track down the line. But in a vacuum it sticks to it’s guns and lays bare it’s theming and feelings of isolation and depression.
Overall, Stay at Home Pessimist shows what New Revolution is about, the feeling they’re going for and could sell a lot of people on their brand down the road.