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  • Tessa Maddaloni

Review: "Closer2U" - RISK

The 90s and early 2000s were a time scattered with boy bands full of pop punk vibes. Since then, the music scene has turned more towards electronic pop and rap, and the angst seems to have drifted away. RISK has plans to change this. Their new release “Closer2U” could be easily mistaken for a Paramore or Green Day song, despite the high quality production levels that land it in this era of music. The song is about wanting a girl, even though she is in a relationship, a premise very reminiscent of the song “Scotty Doesn’t Know” by the rock band Lustra, released in 2004. The narrator feels like she is more suited for him, and he is going to make sure that she and her boyfriend both know it. A touch of pop and a whole lot of teenage angst, this track is a must listen.

The lyrics of this track show a guy head over heels for this girl, regardless of her relationship status. He wants her, and knows he can get her. The chorus sings “So get out of my head, you should be here instead / I've been trying to get closer, closer to you”. The last three words are shouted in a chant-like tone, solidifying the pop rock sound. The bridge repeats the phrase “I just wanted you to know” over and over again, with an effect placed on the vocal track that makes it sound like the words are coming through a telephone, a very 2000s trend. The bridge ends with an emphatic “that I hate your boyfriend”, which then breaks into an intense electric guitar riff and rock-reminiscent drums.

RISK is a pop duo from Chicago, who recently started releasing music on Spotify. Matt LeGrand and Jeremiah De La Peña joined together on this band with the intention of bringing back the 90s and 2000s vibe of music- electric guitars and drums and snarky lyrics. Their vibe is similar to that of All American Rejects, 5 Seconds of Summer, and All Time Low. They recently played a set of shows in their home state of Illinois, as well as a couple in Indiana. Their career is only on the up, so make sure to follow the social medias below to stay tuned for more music from RISK.

Written By Tessa Maddaloni



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