Austin, TX based White Label Analog’s new single “Everybody Knows” comes on the back of their successful album and tour, with a big sounding Indie/Pop Rock gem. I would go as far as to categorize this as Power Pop or even Adult Contemporary because it contends with the sound of others like Imagine Dragons, etc. White Label Analog consists of Chris Didear on lead vocals, Heath Macintosh on drums/vocals, Chal Boudreaux on guitar/vocals, and Mike Fisher on bass. They’ve been around since 2013 and this new single brings them full circle with a catchy groove and a huge chorus, complete with compelling chants.
White Label Analog have performed in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, San Marcos and Eagle Pass. Selected as one of Austin Monthly’s “10 Bands to Watch” in March 2017, WLA was an official showcase artist at SXSW and Canadian Music Week in Toronto that year. They also performed at RadioBDC’s +1 event in Boston. The original idea for “Everybody Knows” was to create a romantic but super fun love song dedicated to and about his relationship with his wife, but it took on deeper universal dimensions when he thought about how it might inspire people. The result is an absolutely-fantastic anthem of sorts.
With lyrics like “We’re not confused, we know our place / we get so high can’t feel our face / no ordinary life will do, I’ve waited my life for you…” it reaches every mark it aims for, which it gets top marks for on its own. “It doesn’t get any better than this, girl,” shows where the shape of the song started but it builds up and ultimately reaches a higher place and that’s where the track crosses over from a love song to a song of hope for everyone.
The vocals of Didear are perfectly complimented by the female backing in just the right places.The whole thing stands up to most in the same genre range, but it’s the first I’ve heard of White Label Analog, but it won’t be the last, as this is as good as any introduction to a band can get. “Everybody lives but are they living” is the question the song begs an answer for. The vibes are uplifting, and the lyrics are very inspiring, and so are the vocal chants.
“No ordinary life will do / I’ve waited my whole life for you,” is another lyric worth mentioning, because if you can’t follow such an infectious song without knowing the lyrics, then you’ll find the perfect balance here. It’s not easy keeping up with all the talent coming out of the Indie Rock world, but every time I hear a band like this it brings a smile and some restoration of my faith in music.This is a great single by an undeniably awesome band, so spread the word around as they break more ground.