Alex Re—known as the guitarist and backing vocalist for hardcore heroes Counterparts—is giving emo a try with his new band, You Will Always. With Matt Soliveri on drums, Steve Travale on guitar, and Eric Bazinet on bass, he began writing pained songs about addiction, betrayal, and loneliness, taking influence from early 2000s emo bands like Senses Fail and The Used.
Today, we’re premiering “BKNM928,” a catchy, melodic anthem with dismal lyrics. It’s the second single from their forthcoming debut Dependent, Reliant, following the more pop-punk “Brutally Honest.”
“You Will Always was created as a means of opening a proverbial vein; to completely bare all and shed one’s skin in the process,” Re says. “We hope that in doing so we can implore others to open up and unite with one another. Musically, ‘BKNM928’ is a love letter to all the emo and post-hardcore music that inspired me when I was growing up. Bands like Story of the Year, Saosin, Matchbook Romance, Thursday, and Rosesdead were on my mind during the writing process. Lyrically, the song is about that fine line being narcissistic and delusionally confident while also carrying a crippling amount of self-doubt. The title itself is a reference to a previous long-time relationship, but it’s about everything. There’s a line near the beginning that states: ‘And it’s not about her, or the drugs, or the head this all came from. It’s about it all. Please don’t make me choose.’ To me, that says it all.”
Dependent, Reliant arrives November 5. Listen to “BKNM928” below.