The “anti-pop parade” of alternative rock and emotionally charged lyricism sees a new coat of life through the culmination of tearing down and starting over, all by the pen of Sorry Party. Formerly known as Ned and The Dirt, the Los Angeles-based band — Ned Durrett, Cassie Gaffaney, Chris Clark and Ethan Arlook — dub a new name and outlook upon release of their A/B single, “When Were You Gonna Tell Me/New Life.” Taken off their upcoming full-length, Saw It Coming, which will be released in stages throughout 2019, the double release is a crowning moment of optimism and unapologetic rock, reminiscent to the amerindie scene.
Stemming from the residue of a divorce, frontman Ned Durrett took the band to his hometown of Columbia, South Carolina, to record at the pit of the relationship and capture the essence of the past onto nine tracks with Kenny McWilliams at Archer Avenue Studios.
“There’s a queer discomfort that comes from swimming around in the pain of that loss, and I felt that recording these songs in the city where most of the relationship took place would help physically invite those feelings into the space,” explains Durrett.
In a twist of irony and a cathartic delivery, the two singles perfectly mirror the blunt reality and new found love of Durrett and of the band. “When Were You Gonna Tell Me?” misleads and toys with the focal point, which most feel through the demise of a relationship, and crafts a proud take of appreciation for oneself.
The track is layered with crisp guitars and Durrett’s guttural vocals, that are simultaneously rough and sincere, for an outcry of realization and dismissal of validation heard in each line: “when were you gonna tell me…how wonderful I am.”
Countering the rough exterior, “New Life” shimmers in its whimsical nature and bright tempo. Steady in each verse and poised with a post-modern production, the track still holds to a signature waft of emotional aggression and charming tone by Durrett.
Despite the tracks’ weary past, Sorry Party’s path is filled with an abundant future and a resurgence of crisp, alternative-rock cut on the tooth of honesty and reverb.
Sorry Party’s release show is tonight, April 26th, at Highland Park Bowl and will feature Doctrin, New Media, and visuals by Stranger Liquids. The event is free, 21+, and presented by OnThree Management and GUM. Both tracks are also available via Spotify.
Cover photo: Artwork: Ned Durrett / Photo Credit: Tyler Furtado