Let me start this off by saying that I'm a musician. I understand the amount of work that goes into writing and recording a song, and I totally get pouring your heart and soul into your work.
However, it seems that with "I'll Be Waiting", Northern Ireland's Hello Casanova did just the opposite of that. What had potential to be a great, underground hit quickly lost its appeal. While the intro had me excited to hear the rest of the song, the generic, cliched lyrics and repetition brought any momentum they had to a halt. Musically, this song is strong. The combination of the two guitars, the bass, and the drums creates a great piece that sounds like Jimmy Eat World meets PUP.
Vocally, I was left disappointed. While I genuinely believe that lead vocalist Matt Irwin has talent, it seems that he chose to take the easy route, and stick to the typical nasal tone that seems to accompany every pop-punk song released in the last ten years, and gang-vocals of "hey!" were littered throughout the piece.
At the end of it, I was left feeling let down. "I'll Be Waiting" could have been so much more than a feeble attempt at a relatable pop-punk hit. However, I don't think this band is hopeless. I'll be keeping a close eye on them for the bigger and better things that I'm certain will come from them in the future.
Hello Casanova – I'll Be Waiting song info
"I'll Be Waiting" will be available through online retailers on November 25th, 2016.