Brunette’s “Fight Night” tackles the complexities of falling out of love
The wind blows steadily, shoes crunch on the gravel driveway, and it’s dawning on you now that you’re on the way to the end of something: a night that will change your life forever. This is the atmosphere of “Fight Night,” and as the country-rock guitars trickle in, layering and building as the vocal line drops, a conversation begins. Two people make promises they can’t keep, all while feigning apathy to avoid their true feelings singing, “I don’t care I’m too blessed to be stressed.”
The lyrics match the slacker-rock vibe of the track, mixing with other layers of genres like anthemic indie rock, and the getting-lost feeling of psychedelia. As the song progresses, there’s a gradual buildup to a person admitting that they’re no longer in love, and you’re stuck on the receiving end feeling stuck at that moment where seconds last for eternity, the clock ticking yet still frozen in time. Then, it’s a long game of pretending not to care (even as you’re unraveling.)
“Fight Night” is a familiar tale for many, a look back on past loves. The five-piece band, Brunette, from Minneapolis crafts a multilayered rock sound in this ode to a first heartbreak. The band got its start recently in 2020 when childhood friends Sam Holt and Joey Hays decided to form the group. Together they tend to lead the band’s sound and musical topics toward the ideas of the fleeting state of adolescence and nostalgia for the past.
In this track, Hays chose lyrics that paint a special picture of “feigning detachment in the face of love.” Coinciding with this latest release, the group has their debut live performance tonight in The Twin Cities at Icehouse. Follow the group on their Instagram for more from them and check out their newest single “Fight Night” below!