So if you haven’t heard yet, Paradise Fears just released a new EP entitled Battle Scars, and upon listening to it, the first words to come out of my mouth were “wow, this is incredible”. Now if you’ve heard any song by Paradise Fear before it’s no surprise that they’re truly a great band, and every single original song and cover they have ever released has been absolutely amazing. However this EP just proves why I’ve been such a proud turtle for the last 2 years. The six amazing guys of Paradise Fears are by far some of the most hard working and determined people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting and Battle Scars not only shows how talented they are as musicians and writers but it also, like their past music, allows for us to get to see a side of them that is only shown through their music. And as someone who is beyond sick of mainstream garbage, I truly appreciate all the heart and soul Paradise Fears puts into every song.
Since the release of Yours Truly back in 2011 the only original songs from the band to be released have been a remake of Sanctuary, Home, and, as a teaser from this EP, Warrior and Lullaby, which we’re only released within the past 6 months. As a fan, I was excited about the few original releases but the anticipation for this new EP they had mentioned so many times was overwhelming. On various social networking sites there had been talk of being in the studio, recording, working with the wonderful Brian Dales of The Summer Set, and even a teaser of the EP posted to the bands YouTube page, so us turtles couldn’t help but be stoked for what was to come of all this. Just a few days, ago yet another track off this EP was released, called What Are You Waiting For? and as I watched the video I couldn’t help but smile because, to see how far they’ve come, how many lives they’ve managed to change and save, and to see them build one of the strongest and most supportive fan bases just by being the kind, caring, talented, and human beings they are truly amazes me and I couldn’t be more proud of them.
The full track listing for the EP is as follows:
- Battle Scars
- What Are You Waiting For?
- Fought For Me
- Battle Scars (reprise)
So as I mentioned, I’ve already listened to the EP in its entirety, many, many times and I really can’t put into words how amazing it truly is, but I’ll try anyways. It starts out with an intro, and normally intros can seem sort of meaningless but that isn’t the case here at all. In this intro Sam shows us a little snippet of what the EP is about, what it means to him, what it’s purpose is and honestly I don’t think you can truly understand how much passion has been put into this EP without listening to the intro. So, well done Sam. Next is Battle Scars, one of the songs Mr. Dales helped write, and when you put Sam and Brian together you better damn well expect to get something amazing, and that’s exactly what happened here. This song is much like their past music in the sense that it gives us hope for better days ahead and I think that’s one reason so many people are attracted to and can relate to Paradise Fears’ music because they always manage to make us believe that even broken wings can fly away. (Lol. See what I did there?) In all seriousness though they really do instill hope in all the fans that seem to be lost in this crazy world and Battle Scars is one more song to help us through the toughest of days. Following that, we have What Are You Waiting For? and well it’s pretty much self-explainitory. And although not as catchy as “yolo” it definitely means a hell of a lot more because it’s not implying that you go out and do whatever the hell you want because “you only live once” but it embraces the fact that you don’t always get a second chance, and tomorrow is not always promised so you should never be afraid to chase after your dreams, because if you don’t chase em you’re never going to catch em, so what are you waiting for, right? Next up is Warrior, which has been out since January, I believe, so I would hope you all have heard it by now, but if you haven’t, just like Battle Scars, it’s another song that give us hope and Brian Dales actually did guest vocals so like I mentioned, anything involving Sam and Brian is bound to be amazing, and it is. One thing that is different about the EP version is that at the end Sam adds a little something inspiring, leading out with, “to not have some battle scars is to never have lived”, which I personally love. Next, we have Lullaby which was also released a few months ago, PF played it at some house shows and I believe about a month ago it was officially released as a music video on their YouTube page and it’s just a really great song. Another song co-written with the help of Dales and also Kevin Bard of Stereo Skyline, so needless to say, it’s perfect. Now on to my favorite song off the EP, the song that has been stuck on repeat for the last day, Fought For Me. This song is a lot different, melody wise, than anything they’ve ever released and I was quite surprised, but in a good way. It starts out seemingly sweet but as it gets to the chorus we hear that it’s not the typical, hopeful, inspiring lyrics that are in most Paradise Fear songs, but sort of like Home, in that the lyrics are raw and real. They show us that even though the guys seem happy whenever engaging with fans, things aren’t always as perfect as they may seem. Life isn’t always easy or happy and relationships don’t always go the way we want them to and that’s why I love this song so much because although we usually get so much hope and encouragement from most Paradise Fears songs but it’s nice to realize that they too, are only human. Last full song on the EP is Used and it seems much softer and simpler than most of their other songs but the meaning and emotion in this song is incredible. And finally, the last track on the EP is Battle Scars (reprise) and it’s such a simple yet powerful outro. It sort of blends many of the songs, lyrics and messages, into one perfect way to end an astounding EP.
Now you could easily just take my words for how amazing Battle Scars is but it would make more sense to just listen to it yourself. I challenge you to listen to the EP, in its entirety, no interruptions, just you and Paradise Fears, and try and honestly tell me it’s not absolutely wonderful.. I dare you.
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