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By Alissa Arunarsirakul // April 14, 2021
The pop rock scene better make way for Rightfield because they’re the latest Arkansas duo to outdo themselves with every release. Fusing together nostalgic rock elements and mindblowing modern soundscapes, Rightfield is breaking boundaries left and right. If you haven’t already, we highly suggest you give Rightfield a spin with their astounding new single, “Racing.”
On “Racing,” Rightfield shared,
“Similar to ‘Gone!’ and even ‘Himalayas,’ ‘Racing’ is about recognizing cycles of complacency and doing things that are uncomfortable in order to break them. It’s supposed to have a nostalgic feel, looking back at specific memories like pulling off the highway and swimming in a river that are pretty specific and personal, but also timeless and relatable to anyone listening. The verses set the scene and build a clear picture so that the chorus can basically release all of the built up energy. It’s super simple because it’s meant to be yelled. The hope for ‘Racing’ is for people to feel the warmth of these nostalgic moments wherever they’re at.”
Soaked in electrifying guitars and overwhelmingly stellar percussion, “Racing” is one of those unbelievable cuts you won’t be able to get out of your head. As Rightfield takes complacency head on, “Racing” hears the otherworldly duo stepping out of their comfort zone in order to grow. If that wasn’t enough to convince you, do yourself a favor and skip to 02:22 for the most incredible guitar solo you’ll ever hear.
“Instrumentally, I wanted to combine a few of my favorite things into one familiar, but electric, track. A lot of the riffs, drums and dynamics were inspired by early 2000s pop punk acts like Mayday Parade and Boys Like Girls, but I wanted to play them with the chorusy ‘80s tones of Eddie Money and Belinda Carlisle. About the solo — I don’t think enough songs have big solos, so I’ll continue putting big solos into our songs because who doesn’t want to see someone rip a solo live?”