Updated: Jan 7
Toronto-based psych-rock artist Rise Carmine, also known as Liam Colbert, released his second single, "Be the Only One," on July 30.
"I wanted the verses to be a vivid, visceral depiction of the ways a dictator keeps power and keeps his people voiceless, Colbert shared in a statement about the single. "I wanted the chorus to feel like a release from that tension, from the point of view of the people, as they exact their revenge." Colbert proves that revenge is a dish best served with tasty guitar riffs, while also considering other points of view. Despite a divide in power, the human nature of both groups might lead to a paradox of corruption: "I wanted to examine the situation from both sides. A coup is often the birth of another dictator."
Produced by Dave Schiffman (Weezer, Vampire Weekend, PUP,...) and endorsed by Bob Ezrin, "Be the Only One" is an entrancing must-listen. Colbert pulls from classic 70s and 80s rock influences for the single; the rhythm section grooves are an artful nod to Led Zeppelin's "When the Levee Breaks," and the ambient and striking guitar riffs are inspired by "How Soon Is Now" by the Smiths. The song's guitar harmonies, deep pocket, expressively laid-back vocal performance, and psychedelic effects blend together flawlessly, drawing the listener in with a hypnotic, dream-like pull.
Listen to "Be the Only One" now and let us know what you think.