Tonight Alive Limitless on LP
Since 2008, Tonight Alive have built a reputation as a dedicated Australian rock act, leaning on an early love of pop punk. The energetic five-piece were known for big guitars and even bigger melodies which helped them carve out a loyal fan base across the globe. In 2016, they'll break that mold, completely.
Their aptly-titled new album, Limitless, is an iconic, career-defining collection of songs, rooted in a timeless pop sensibility. Ambitious instrumentation and rhythms are given the space to truly shine as vocalist Jenna McDougall delivers an inspired, arresting performance bolstered by lyrics that pulse with emotional honesty.
As with any great artistic triumph, the path to its creation was paved with trials. Rather than merely reinvent their sound, the band members made the decision to strip back every element of their process and learn how to present their work in the most genuine way. To get the final 11 tracks that make up Limitless, they would have to create and discard several albums of material, much of which initially resembled their last album, 2013's The Other Side.
The process would involve opening up the tightknit writing team of Whakaio Taahi and McDougall to include a number of world-renowned songwriters. Initially hesitant to leap into working with strangers, after a series of false starts they formed an immediate connection with composer David Hodges (Kelly Clarkson, Christina Perri, Evanescence), resulting in the tracks "Human Interaction," "How Does it Feel," "Power Of One" and "I Defy."
Having successfully navigated a 24-month writing experience that saw them pen over 50 songs, the band decided to further throw themselves in the deep end, selecting multi-platinum, award-winning Canadian producer David Bendeth (Breaking Benjamin, Vertical Horizon, Paramore) to helm the recording, a man known for his tough love approach as well as his sonically stunning results. As musicians they would be pushed well out of their comfort zones.
With Limitless, Tonight Alive arrive in 2016 as an original force on the global music scene, now on equal footing with the artists they've often been compared to, unchained from constraints of genre, self-doubt and external pressures.