“I’m something of an insomniac,” Will Benoit, the lead singer and songwriter of Boston’s Constants, explains regarding the lead track from his band’s new album, “Sunrise.” “The title and chorus of the song came from me walking out as the sun was coming up, and just being overwhelmed by the feeling of radiant warmth and optimism.”
That may not be your first impression of the song, given that it opens with a wall of jagged, aggressive-sounding noise propelled by shoegaze-style guitars and a heavy low-end. But Benoit suggests that this is as upbeat as he ever gets. “‘Sunrise’ might not be an uplifting song,” he says, “but it sets the tone for the album, which emotionally rises like the sun before descending back into darkness.”
As emotional rises go, “Sunrise” does a good job of finding lovely moments — the guitar riff in the chorus stands out — amidst the gloom and thunder of the rest of the track. That’s a type of optimism, too — call it the kind that you have to fight for — and it’s something Constants seem most interested in exploring right now.
Constants’ new album, Pasiflora, is out June 19 on The Mylene Sheath.Constants - Sunrise