Malaysian rock band, An Honest Mistake has kicked into high gear with yet another single, ‘Never Feel The Same’. A couple of months ago, saw their transition into a new era of the band donning a new sound; a little darker and a little heavier. Moving away from their earlier pop punk sound, the band jokes that they’ve finally ‘grown up’.
Continuing in the same vein, ‘Never Feel The Same’ is even more edgy than the last. Straight to the point, pure and honest. No fluff, no icing. Darren, lead singer and songwriter had to dig a little deeper, drawing inspiration from the people around him while analyzing their relationships. Not as a judge but to place himself in their shoes. “A lot of the songs I’ve written have always been reflections of the people around me. I would often put myself in their shoes and write as though I’m the one going through something. Lately, a lot of my friends have had terrible breakups, divorces and some are on the verge of divorce. With this song, I imagined I was in a toxic relationship and we all know how hard it is to get out of. It’s an exit song pretty much, as in; ‘I’m done with this. I’m out. Bye’. Sometimes, we go around in circles and we can never find the door out.”
The song opens up with a glitched conversation and a tapping guitar lick by Tomas which is almost an immediate earworm into a big drum roll where the entire ensemble kicks in. Large soaring guitar lead lines and a groove that makes you want to bounce, somehow chokes abruptly as it enters the verse. Leading the verse with very much angst, ‘Say what you want to me. I don’t care anymore’ is meant to grab the attention of the listener to really lean in to what else is to be said. Repeating arpeggiated synth patterns as well as synth bass perfectly creates a bed building into the chorus that hits hard with a melody that makes you want to sing along almost immediately. Emotional and vulnerable as Darren’s voice breaks singing the lines, ‘I know you know you’ll never feel the same’. The bridge section finally reveals the answer as to why the single is titled as it is; ‘There’s no way out of this. We’re not alright. We’re not ok’.
The band aims to inspire listeners to take the bold step and make the exit especially if they’re caught in a toxic relationship. It is never easy and sometimes one can get lost in the situation. We all need to do ourselves some good and reward ourselves. If it’s bad for you, it’s bad for you. The band hopes that listeners who are having a hard time will not be caught in this endless loop of toxicity and will rise up to move forward.
A music video is released to further cement the idea of toxic relationships where the video begins with a scene of a man walking into an apartment where he is shown to be enjoying the company of a partner. Those scenes are intertwined with fights and disagreements; frantic moments of love and hate as though caught in a loop. The video ends with the man walking out of the apartment signifying that he had it with the relationship and finally leaving. With the aid of another CENDANA funding program (Independent Music Funding Program), the band is able to produce more content. This is all part of a full length album that is to follow some time next year.