Upstairs – “Placebo Buttons”


“Placebo Buttons” is a consuming track from Chicago-based band Upstairs, off their new EP Town All Over Life. The verses are adorned by melodic vocals and jangly guitars, while the chorus expands with an alt-rock vigor — especially upon the wholly melodic vocal overlapping around 02:25. Geoff Daniels and Jon Massey deliver a dual-wielding vocal presence that invigorates. A track described by the band as “an upbeat song about things that have started to fall apart,” “Placebo Buttons” is a briskly melodic success, coming from an EP with stellar songwriting on display.

Stream the rest of Town All Over Life below:

“Placebo Buttons” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of June 2020’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Indie Rock.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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