The lead melody of “Way Down Below”, the new single from Fire and the Romance, was formulated in the middle of the night by frontman Dion Roy. It makes sense; there’s certainly a nocturnal oomph to the verses, specifically how the haunting wordless backing croons collide against a backdrop of buzzing bass and guitar bursts. Dion’s voice is smooth and appealing, fit for a pop song but also fitting comfortably to the more adventurous rock-tinged sound of Fire and the Romance. The chorus is as sharply immediate as a gunshot wound to the leg, with a blast of distortion signaling the vocals to raise up several notches in both intensity and volume.
Fire and the Romance make great use of contrasts on a track like “Way Down Below”. The verses are industrial and dark, similar to the sound of Manic Street Preachers’ 2004 album Lifeblood, while the radio-friendly chorus reminds of the most jolted efforts from Atlas Genius and The Postal Service, with its energetic electro-rock incorporation. The transition from scenic grime to dazzling infectiousness is a part of the group’s strong songwriting, a trend that will hopefully continue on their future tracks.
Check out the video for “Way Down Below” as well: