Debuting on September 23rd, 2022, Canadian pop-punk/indie rockers The Way Out finally reveals what they’ve been working on over the last year. Described as tearful emo, or thoughtful grunge, the three-piece ensemble drops a four-track EP titled ‘What the Morning Brings‘ as an emotional and heartfelt journey for the world to embrace.
The first single revealed was for the track “Drown” – a track that utilizes raw strings and a steady beat to back passionate lyrics and a sorrowful vocal performance. The solid chorus “I’m sick and tired of feeling this way” alongside its pick-up rhythm is infectious, and gets the blood pumping. The Way Out fully embraces their personalized content; plucking at familiar heart strings for situations we’ve all felt in our own journey.
“Playing Pretend” slows the pace, bringing a vocal cavalcade of compelling highs and lingering notes to pull on nostalgic fragments of early mornings, late nights, and long awaited phone calls the never come through. “I am done playing pretend,” sends the message of frustration and hopelessness but, also relief; a contrasting pressure presented in lyrics like “I don’t want to give up, you don’t want to give in,” give musical imagery to an emotionally charged situation.
The third track, “Sorry” brings a shocking pace lift to the EP with the familiar sounds of greats like Jimmy Eat World or The All-American Rejects. We see a shift in vocals from the low and slow to harsh that brings that emotional charge back to the forefront; while sadness and regret change to anger and hurt, we finally begin to acknowledge and understand the steps of this journey.
The final, and title track from the EP, “What the Morning Brings” completes the experience. “I am happier now that I know you,” brings together so many loose ends, whether to drop them completely, tie them up, or burn them away. With a heavy chorus to illustrate the depth of this journey finally coming to an end, this track truly embraces not only the emotions portrayed in this EP but, the musical and creative dedication that The Way Out took up in creating it.
For those longing for early 2000’s nostalgia, and a sound like that of emo youth that came with bands like Taking Back Sunday, The Ataris, and others, The Way Out and their EP ‘What the Morning Brings‘ is sure to please both the heart and ear.
You can find more from The Way Out via their bandcamp, and don’t forget to snag your ticket for the upcoming release show at Sneaky Dee’s in Toronto on October 8th, 2022 with friends John’s Cottage, Everything But The Rain, and State 90.