While the 90s culture revival has been talked about since the 90s ended
themselves, musicians have attempted to achieve the same
happy/sad/angry/melancholy sound that the artists of that era made seem nearly
Australian pop-punk band Tonight Alive have perhaps tapped into that vein (no
pun intended) just enough to draw those comparisons just when we’d given up all hope.
The band’s front woman Jenna McDougall, a tall and thin flannel clad being with
bright green braids down to her waist, makes it clear she’s ready to move forward with
her band and into a new era for Tonight Alive with their new single “Human Interaction.”
While the five piece band has kept true to their mostly pop-punk roots, they’ve stepped
out of their comfort zone with this latest release, the first single off of their impending
new album titled Limitless. You can watch the video for Human Interaction here.
Based off of hairstyle alone, it’s hard to not draw comparison to perhaps the most
famous scorned woman of the 1990s, Alanis Morissette. Although the song has nothing
to do with McDougall being scorned, and putting all that aside, Human Interaction
speaks for itself. The song strays from Tonight Alive’s usual upbeat, guitar driven sound,
and moves toward a melancholy crooning that definitely nods at Mrs. Morissette and
even Pearl Jam.
The video released alongside the song arguably emulates Nirvana a la the
“Come As You Are” music video. McDougall is shown isolated in a cell, with the same
kind of misery inducing watercolor blotchiness as the famously low-fi Nirvana video.
All of that being said, Tonight Alive manages to keep their influences just that,
and remain completely inventive in their new sound. The band’s fanbase remains
relatively small, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see the band gain more notoriety as the
song gains popularity, because how could it not?
Tonight Alive could very well be the band to watch in the coming months.
By Madison Killian