Imperial April are back with an absolute blast of a track. Impressively, this is only their second single release, a follow up to Peachy, and it is everything I was hoping it would be.
The aptly named Tonic For Your Boredom really blows the cobwebs away with that slamming guitar tone right from the start. With various quirky riffs, instrumentation and hooky as hell melodies, this song will have you dancing around your living room in no time.
Vocalist Victoria Knopp has really found her feet as a lead singer and lyricist with this New Zealand-based band. The opening line “frozen, but time is still in motion” is wonderfully poetic, it reflects everything that we are all going through at the moment, and it sets the stage for the rest of the track. The sentiment behind “you got to find a tonic for your boredom” is excellent as well. We all have different interests, but when we are bored, we do our most creative work and find new passions.
Lyrical depth, however, isn’t the only strength of the band. Victoria’s vocal style will absolutely melt your heart. On top of that, the bass and drum grooves in both this song and Peachy are solid as hell, and they manage to be compelling whilst holding the tracks together perfectly.
Imperial April actually started out as a way to use song ideas that didn’t fit the style of The Response, their other musical project, with Victoria making the step to lead vocals in this band, and boy am I glad she did. They initially burned a few CDs on an old CD-R as a Mother’s Day gift. How sweet is that? I also feel like they have put to shame any present I ever got my mum.