Veteran bands that get better over time have a knack for getting their points across to connect with their audience. Anarbor is no exception to that rule. The Phoenix, AZ, mainstays showcase themselves as a classic example of exponential growth. Their ability to write songs has gotten them on various MTV shows and sports television in the past. However, their greatest work has come in the last several years. This trend continues with their latest single, “Drugs.”
Anarbor has always had a knack for making tight tracks that are easy to listen to and relatable. Whether you’re listening to older material like “You And I”, or their newer, aptly named 2018 EP, The EP, the quality is consistent.
Sonically, “Drugs” is a perfect contrast to their 2020 single, “Tangerine.” Whereas the latter soars in the clouds, “Drugs” is moodier while maintaining its perky, pop sensibility. Danny Travers’ guitar is catchy, but Slade McNamara’s bass works in perfect syncopation to make this track go. Lyrically, it describes difficulties in a relationship that are easy to latch onto.
“Is this what you call love? / Gettin’ me high, gettin’ me low”
The video adds visually to this aura with a television that fades in and out, reflecting the tumultuous theme. In contrast, the bright colors reflect the breeziness of the song.
Whether it’s the musical content of the song or the visual demonstration of the video, “Drugs” has a self-assuredness of a band that knows who they are and how to musically express themselves. It’s undoubtedly catchy, with a hook that doesn’t quit, and the video properly reflects the nuanced tones and themes. Anarbor’s success on these fronts is a true artistic accomplishment and that’s what makes the overall release so enticing. Fans of the band should be excited as this new track paints a picture of continued growth that will carry through future iterations.
“Drugs” is available on streaming services now. You can watch the video below.