It doesn’t take long for “Red”, the new single from Leisure Theory, to kick into gear. A fiery guitar hook grabs the listener’s ear and throws them into a sincere and personal pop song, laced with honest lyrics and modest self reflection. “Isn’t crying cool now / Can I say it out loud?” asks Jake Smith just before the chorus lands.
The radio ready sound and pop-rock groove may not imply it at first, but at the heart of “Red” there’s a sensitive moral, one that calls for us all to be more open about how our anxieties and earthly troubles weigh upon our minds and burden us with worry.
For this Derry born songwriter, the antidote comes in the form of a euphoric blend of distorted guitars and fuzzy synthscapes, further cementing his trademark Leisure Theory sound.