Tonight Alive’s New Album ‘Underworld’ is an Emotional, Cathartic and Catchy Exercise in Self-Exploration (New Music Friday)

Tonight Alive’s New Album ‘Underworld’ is an Emotional, Cathartic and Catchy Exercise in Self-Exploration (New Music Friday)

For their Hopeless Records debut Underworld, Australian pop/punk/alt band Tonight Alive channeled some inner demons — the type we all have, embedded deep inside us that bring confusion, despair, and uncertainty to the forefront more often than we’d like.

The album, released today, finds vocalist Jenna McDougall and the band at their most vulnerable. “Temple,” a pre-release track and one of the most engaging cuts on the LP, begins with McDougall saying, “I’m intoxicated by my depression/and I’m consumed by the fear that I might never find the answer/and the end just gets more near.” Sentiments like that are prevalent throughout Underworld, as McDougall leads the listener on a journey of self-exploration and all the ups and downs that go along with it.

“Disappear,” featuring Lynn Gunn of PVRIS, is also a standout, as was its artsy music video premiered recently:

Songs like “The Other,” “Crack My Heart,” and “Last Light” carry the same themes, matching McDougall’s raw vocals with polished, high-energy riffs. The warmth and refrain of “For You” could easily see some crossover appeal, if things go according to the plan.

Stone Sour and Slipknot vocalist Corey Taylor (who shared some thoughts on personal exploration and mental health in a 2017 interview) turns up on the album’s closing track, “My Underworld,” a poignant final statement from a versatile record that finds Tonight Alive at their very best.

Stream the album below, via Spotify or Apple Music:

And catch Tonight Alive on the road soon:

1/13 – South Gippsland – Unify 2018
1/19 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues *
1/20 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s *
1/21- Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe *
1/23 – St. Louis, MO @ Ready Room *
1/24 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre *
1/26 – Denver, CO @ Summit *
1/27 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot *
1/28 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory *
1/30 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades *
1/31 – San Francisco, CA @ Slims *
2/1 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues *
2/2 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent *
2/3 – Las Vegas, NV @ Vinyl *
2/5 – Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee *
2/6 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre *
2/8 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall *
2/9 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey *
2/10 – Houston, TX @ White Oak *
2/12 – Orlando, FL @ The Beacham *
2/13 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room *
2/15 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade *
2/16 – Charlotte, NC @ The Underground *
2/17 – Richmond, VA @ Canal Club *
2/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *
2/19 – Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independents *
2/20 – Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage *
2/23 – Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot *
2/24 – Chicago, IL @ Concord *
2/26 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom *
2/27 – Boston, MA @ Paradise *
2/28 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza *
3/1 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls *
3/6 – Manchester, UK @ The Ritz ++
3/8 – London, UK @ Koko ++
3/10 – Glasgow, UK @ QMU Glasgow ++
3/11 – Nottingham, UK @ Rock City ++
3/12 – Leeds, UK @ Stylus @ Leeds University ++
3/13 – Bristol, UK @ Motion ++
3/15 – Cologne, Germany @ Luxor ++
3/16 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Melkweg ++
3/17 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Pumpehuset Club ++
3/18 – Berlin, Germany @ Cassiopela ++
* – Co-Headlining Tour with Silverstein
++ – UK Headline Tour with Support from ROAM and The Gospel Youth

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