Atlanta rock/pop quartet Survival Kit experiment with sounds from their personal musical influences on their new single, “Valedictorian,” out now.
At the start of 2017, the band decided to start writing more accessible music by taking elements of pop music and writing great songs that we love within those bounds. Adapting a change of pace in their writing style, the band released the single “Stranger Things” this past July, which showcased their new infectious and care-free style. Hoping to push their own internal boundaries, “Valedictorian” is just a small taste of their upcoming new music, expected to be released in the following months. About the single, the band states:
““Valedictorian” is written from the perspective of a person who suspects his or her spouse is fooling around with someone else. They see all the signs, but the spouse continues to hide what’s happening because they think they can get away with it. That’s why the title of the track became Valedictorian. The spouse thinks that he or she is smarter than the rest. The main character is basically saying that they are not a fool and they can see everything that’s going on in clear view.”
After years of honing their craft in different projects, Travis Blake, Andrew Lynn, Billy Kilgore, and Allen Beck finally all came together to form Survival Kit in late 2015. Transitioning from their Punk roots, Survival Kit took influence from Pop and Rock music to create soaring choruses and infectious hooks.
In the two years since forming, Survival Kit burst out into the Atlanta scene; a culmination of years of touring, practicing, and writing created something that went beyond what audiences were accustomed to. This new and exciting sound led to sold out shows, fronted by genuine talent and raw energy, uncommon in many of today’s artists. Their 2016 release, Hard Work & Dedication, talks about vulnerability, addiction, loathing, and taking a stand. “Valedictorian” is out now.
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