Sometimes it’s hard to remember that music doesn’t have to scream in your face.
I know, I know, I keep saying we’re picky about music reviews here on PopLurker. But how can I say no when excellent music keeps falling right into my eager little laps? When I was given the opportunity to review ‘Mad at the World’ by Will Bowes, I knew off the bat that the sound was far outside my (initial) preference scope. After all, if it doesn’t break your speakers, what’s the point? How else do we get the crazy out.
Well, sometimes a little chill is all it takes to reset. Maybe something can tug at your heart instead of your ears for five minutes. And that’s exactly what happened with us when we listened to ‘Mad at the World’ (click link to listen) by Will Bowes.
By the third listen, I was hooked, envisioning myself belting this tune out during karaoke. It was a song that could have been embedded into ‘Donnie Darko’ after the airplane scene where they used the Gary Jules cover of ‘Mad World’ instead. ‘Mad at the World’ has a similar vibe to ‘Mad World’ (no correlation between titles), albeit a little more straightforward and not as surreal as the original Tears for Fears track.
There’s something special about this song. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
From Will Bowes’ Press Release:
Will Bowes has been writing and performing original music since childhood. His earliest musical influencer was Neil Young, attending his concert at 6 years old. At age 11, he released his first single, September Cry, which he penned in response to the 9/11 tragedies and received a national radio campaign with interviews on CBC Radio One. He is currently the lead singer in Toronto based soul-pop band, Gold Complex, whose debut EP is on regular radio rotation on CBC and CIUT nationwide, having their music licensed along with an on-camera performance on T.V’s Open Heart, currently on Netflix. Their full length studio album, New Soul, is due out this fall.
His brand new single ‘Mad At The World’ (out September 4th) is a powerful pop ballad with a message of hope for us all, addressing the negativity we have all been recently subjected to. The song encourages us to look beyond fear in times of adversity, empowering us to speak up about the things that are important to us, even when it’s uncomfortable.
“I consider myself to be a pretty positive and optimistic person. I don’t think I’m alone in feeling that the general state of the world has weighed heavily lately. Beyond the obvious social and political context, the recent attacks in Toronto were what really hit home and inspired me to write this song. Sometimes looking beyond fear and staying positive can feel impossible, especially in times of adversity. But it’s important to forge on and not admit defeat, which is why I wanted to make sure the song also reflected that sense of optimism.”
Will Bowes is also an actor, best known for his roles in House at the End of the Street, opposite Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and Netflix’s Alias Grace. Select television credits include Degrassi, Murdoch Mysteries, Dark Matter, Saving Hope, Rookie Blue, and Copper. He can next be seen in the feature film Clara, opposite Patrick J. Adams and Troian Bellisario, having its world premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.