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  • Giavanna Gradaille

Review: "With Or Without You" - Pacifica

This song has gotten me into some SERIOUS trouble. Listening to it on repeat has given me the guts to do things I normally wouldn’t do. Point in case, I’m seeing an ER doctor and a pilot in my spare time. I’m overworked and tired – I don’t have the time to be in a committed relationship, but I have just enough energy for a little fun. I had told both that I wanted to go on a trip. Both were too busy. Here’s where the guts kicked in and I made a grave mistake. I told them when and where I planned on vacationing, and that I would be enjoying myself with their company or without it. Well, both magically found the time in their schedules and will be accompanying me… they don't know about each other. So, I’m in quite a dilemma. It's pretty evident that Pacifica’s “With Or Without You” has given me a major case of main character syndrome, and I’m sure it’ll do the same for you.

“With Or Without You” is a rock anthem that embraces the sentiment of being hot and completely unbothered. There’s a certain power and sex appeal that comes from having boundaries and knowing your worth – it makes a person very desired by others. The single opens with instrumentals that immediately draw a listener’s attention and curiosity. The drums lay down a catchy rhythm while the strings give us a little taste of the riffs to be expected throughout the song. The pre-chorus amps up the notion of being unbothered: “I can’t bother reaching out / I don’t remember lying / I won't bother saving face / I don’t remember trying”. The core of being unbothered is understanding that the only input that’s needed is yours. Damn whatever critics have to say regarding how you carry yourself and the decisions you make. This becomes abundantly clear in one of the most captivating and memorable choruses I’ve ever heard: “There’s a place I wanna go / And there’s a place I wanna be at / With or without you”. It’s a straight to the point message; I’m intent on going wherever I want regardless of the presence or absence of your company. It’s the gut punch wake-up call for hot girls to do as they please because we are always at our most attractive when we live for ourselves. But if that doesn’t convince you, maybe the sick stringed solo at the song’s end will.

Pacifica is an Argentina-based rock duo that consists of Inés Adam and Martina Nintzel. The group got their start by playing covers of songs from beloved indie-rock bands such as The Strokes, Artic Monkeys, and The Virgins. They would then upload them on the internet for others to enjoy. This built up their loyal fanbase while the duo cultivated their sound to transcend the influences of the rock personalities they initially covered. Now, the artists are getting ready to release their debut LP of original tracks, where “With Or Without You” is featured as the first single. “With Or Without You” also doubles as the duo’s debut single, and its music video premiered today, too! With fans growing anticipation around more releases, there’s no doubt in my mind that we’re witnessing the rise of another rock legend. If you loved rocking out with Pacifica as much as I have, show them some virtual love in the form of streams, likes, and follows.

Written by Giavanna Gradaille



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