Local “juvenescent dreamrock” band Floor Hockey dropped a highly anticipated follow up single to their May 2019 album release Today’s Kids. The latest single, “hideaway” shows the Lowell collective taking on a new approach. While Today’s Kids showcased more lively tracks that get you out of your seat and dancing around, “hideaway” sinks you deeper into the seat coasting along with the beat.
“hideaway,” was created in a cozy Airbnb cabin in the middle of nowhere Maine. Here, members Kyle Joaqium, Joe Orlando, and Zach Bindle worked together on the track with assistance from Grame Bentley. Bentley laid the original beat down and slowly through the introduction of bass, keys, guitar, and vocals the track was born. The boys sent it off to Lucas Paul who worked on mastering and mixing the track.
Its no big secret that “hideaway” has true Lo-fi roots. Upon the first few seconds this fact becomes apparent as the drowned out drum beat slowly emerges from nothingness until it’s the forefront of the song. However, this Lo-fi sound is a large departure from their rock-pop based Today’s Kids release. This is a fact the members are very aware of.
Orlando stated, “[creating “hideaway”] was kind of an exercise in writing for us, to be somewhere in an environment that was unfamiliar and also to write a track that was kind of out of left field. We’re in the process of writing LP2, and we kind of wanted to step back and do something totally different before diving into the rest of the writing.”
Despite the track coming out of left field, it acts as a sort of pallet cleanser for the collective and its fans. It also goes to show the talent this group has. To create such a strong rock based debut album and follow it up with a strong Lo-fi track shows their versatility.
“hideaway” feels like winter. It feels cozy, like you’re surrounded by a group of your close friends in a dark room with colored lights flashing on and off each other’s faces as you sink deeper into the couch cushions. It seems as though these boys truly know how to encapsulate the feeling of a particular season into their music. Today’s Kids felt largely like a juvenescent summer, riding around late at night and causing mayhem. I can’t wait to see what season we’ll feel next.
There is no concrete release date for LP2, but look out for more music from Floor Hockey as the weather begins to get warmer.
– Ciara Lanman