Subway Rat – “Lost Without U” + “Outta Town”


Brooklyn-based artist Subway Rat struts an infectious rock sound throughout the new album Captain of the Football Team. David Polanco’s project proves impressive throughout, highlighted by efforts like “Lost Without U” and “Outta Town.”

“Outta Town” marked the first release from Captain of the Football Team, and grips with its steady rock pace. “Give me a chance, I want to mend it,” the vocals plead on “Outta Town,” recognizing responsibility for causing heartbreak. The chorus resonates with the admission of having driven the person away, accompanied by a lively guitar-driven energy and reflective bass sophistication. This accessible rock triumph vividly portrays the relatable consequences of relationship misunderstandings, kicking off the album in satiating form.

“Lost Without U” reflects an early ’00s rock nostalgia as well, infusing a spoken-word suaveness that escalates into trickling guitar and bass work. The guitar tones resemble The Strokes’ chiming charm, while the vocals are lovably akin to Future Islands’ enthusiastic inflection. “I’m lost without you,” the vocals commiserate during the ardent chorus, traversing into the “I can’t sleep well sometimes,” pleading for a lullaby.

These two efforts are among the many standouts on Captain of the Football Team. Read our full feature of the new album here.

“Lost Without U” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ Spotify playlist.

“Outta Town” 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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