“Ran Away From Hell” by Brothers in Vain is this wonderfully authentic, endearing rock song full of well-written melodies, organic vocal performances, and classic instrumentation. With its generally uplifting message and lighthearted atmosphere, it solidifies itself as a summer anthem. By August, you’ll surely be screaming the chorus at the top of your lungs on some kind of road trip.
It begins with a collection of distorted, sentimental guitar chords. A deep bass note drones underneath a mobile line, giving each chord a melodic twinge. The verse lyrics come in, mimicking the arc of this guitar motif. The singer’s voice has this bright, piercing timbre to it, easily contrasting the deep warmth of the instrumentation. This satisfying, intimate balance forms the basis for what’s to come.
We arrive at the chorus, and something interesting happens. The melody doesn’t change at all, but the octave does. The singer reaches to a high-pitched belt as bass, drums, and guitar fully blossom underneath. This song is a testament to how arrangement, dynamics, instrumentation, and production can work in tandem to foster interest, variation, and ultimately musicality.
We do receive a few different vocal melodies, especially near the end. The singer dramatically belts the hook as the band slips into halftime, eventually slowing down for a messy, glorious ending. If you’re looking for a nostalgic, dreamy alternative song to obsess over, this one is for you. You’ll be glad you discovered Brothers in Vain. Be sure to give them a follow on your choice of social media platform!
Written by Alyce Lindberg
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