Northern Irish pop/rock duo The Rising return with their new single Better Than This. A continuation of their monthly single release strategy, Better Than This was recorded during lockdown in the band’s own recording studio (Renegade Studios) and remotely in Nashville, with drummer Chris Brush.
Better Than This is an upbeat and uplifting story with the reminder that no matter how hard things seem, they can always get better. The two central characters – a struggling artist playing dive bars, and a businessman who squandered his money trying to keep up with the Joneses – are forced to take stock and rebuild. Their paths cross as they realise that things will get better. It’s a fresh blend of pop-rock and country, with a powerful female vocal front and centre.
This song is a prime example of The Rising’s love and propensity for character storytelling, with a semi-autobiographical story woven throughout. In a world where musicians’ incomes have been stripped away by the Coronavirus pandemic and resulting lockdowns, the struggle seems particularly topical right now – but as the duo sings, it’s gotta get better than this.
The duo has toured extensively across the UK, Ireland and Europe, building a healthy fanbase and culminating in a performance at the o2’s Country 2 Country festival. Their music has been supported by several BBC stations, Country Hits Radio and Maverick magazine, and their second album was recently released to critical acclaim.
BETTER THAN THIS will be released on 11th September and is available to pre-save here. You can catch up with The Rising on their weekly live stream on Monday nights on their Facebook page. You can also follow on Instagram and Twitter, or visit their website.