Review: "Rumors" - The Driver Era
The Driver Era releases their frustration and anger with their cheeky new single, “Rumors.” The infectious alt-pop track discusses their complicated relationship with the internet and the media. Due to them being in the limelight, outsiders always think that what they know is the absolute truth and that they have all the facts. When in reality, there is so much that the general public does not know. Sometimes a rumor is just a rumor. And sometimes, the truth is something that the people could never even fathom. The chorus illustrates this notion brilliantly with the lyrics: “These rumors// These rumors// You’re so caught up in rumors// I bet you wish you knew the truth about the things I do// These rumors, these rumors// It’s all good news// ‘Cause I’m on your tongue and it’s just what I want.” With these lines, the band emphasizes the idea that there is “no such thing as bad press.” Whether the alleged rumors paint them in a bad light, it is still a good thing because they are being discussed. Regardless of the story being spread, they are still on everyone’s mind and driving them crazy as they wonder what the truth is. Furthermore, these lyrics indicate that sometimes the media are so focused on the false rumors that they miss the more juicy, more significant truths. These lyrics are a clever catalyst in getting audiences talking and wondering exactly what prompted this song, pushing them further into the rabbit hole of baseless rumors and the ridiculous media circus, making “Rumors” the perfect lead single to this new chapter of music.
“Rumors” utilizes The Driver Era’s signature sound of perfectly blended alternative pop and soft rock. They kick off the track with an elegant piano and airy synths, paired with mesmerizing vocalizations that are heard throughout the whole song. Between measures, separate lines are shouted, immediately introducing the listener to the energetic, pop-rock vibe of the track. This leads into the bass-led intro that contains the beat, piano chords and melody, and bass guitar. The production continues into the first verse where a fast guitar melody made of roots and fifths are played like power chords. The vocals have a layered effect that remain throughout the majority of the song. In the pre-chorus, additional guitars are added, providing a deeper dynamic to the production. A drum roll introduces the chorus, while the original notes are played together. The airy synth becomes more prevalent while the lead and background vocals harmonize with one another. The next verse starts with a rolled chord on the keyboard and heavy bass, then continues to the original production. As the song nears the end, the background vocals increase while they carry the listener through the outro that highlights the singer’s remarkable vocal range.
The Driver Era is an alt-pop duo consisting of brothers, Ross Lynch and Rocky Lynch. The band formed in 2018 while on tour with their former group, R5. Shortly after announcing their group change, the band released their debut single, “Preacher Man.” Since then, they have released three full-length albums, three EPs, and a handful of singles. They have 450+ million streams across all platforms and over 29 million combined social media followers. Their music derives influence from legendary musicians, such as Bruce Springsteen, Prince, and Pharrell. In addition to their music, Ross Lynch is an acclaimed actor, known for the starring role on Disney Channel Original Series, Austin & Ally, as well as Harvey Kinkle on Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and the lead in the biopic film, My Friend Dahmer. Additionally, he recently starred in Troye Sivan’s latest music video for his single, “One of Your Girls.”
Written By Karlee Skipper
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