Benchmarks Will Try to Never ‘Let You Down’ Again
Benchmarks are a band out of Nashville, Tenn., that play a smooth, resonant mix of pop-punk and indie. The band is gearing up to release their debut record, Our Undivided Attention, and are showing off what they can do with new song "Let You Down." They're joined on lead vocals by Two Cow Garage's Todd Farrell, who adds some extra grit to things. Guitars twinkle in the undeniably catchy chorus, where the singer bemoans his city's recent overgrowth in infrastructure.
On the song, Farrell says:
The idea for this song came after a friend called me out on something I said that I, perhaps, didn't think through. We all build our own 'houses' around ourselves based on the way we see the world, but it doesn't mean that the rest of the world outside doesn't exist. Basically, we all need to try a little harder to be kind. I used the backdrop of a rapidly developing city (like Nashville, where we live) to tell the story of tearing our neighbors down to build ourselves up, and how maybe that's not the best way to treat people. Jack [Whitis] came up with most of the musical ideas in this one. He's got a talent for writing 'misdirection' parts, as I call them. Melodic ideas that don't go where you think they're going to go, but in a very satisfying way.
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