SafetySuit, comprised of Doug Brown (vocals/guitar), Dave Garofolo (guitar), Jeremy Henshaw (bass), and Tate Cunningham (drums), are kicking off the new year on a high note with the release of their second full-length record, These Times.
"People always say you have your whole life to write your first record, and your second record you need to do it in a year," Brown told Sound Spike at the end of May 2011.
After heading back into the studio to create the follow-up to 2008's Life Left To Go, which spawned the hit single, "Stay," SafetySuit decided to trash what they had recorded halfway into the recording process and start again from scratch. The band then aligned themselves with powerhouse producers Howard Benson (Daughtry), Espionage (Train), and an old buddy of Brown and Cunningham's from college, OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder (Gavin DeGraw).
It was with Tedder that the band created their lead single off of These Times, "Let Go."
"I love that song, because it's such a departure for us," Brown explained in a press release. "Ryan is obviously a very pop-minded producer, so I said, 'Let's have fun with it; let's do something that's not the norm.' It turned out great, and it kills live."
The track itself does have what I would call a "Tedder Was Here" feel to it, with its symphonic melody and pop-infused beats. It shows that SafetySuit isn't afraid of taking a risk and experimenting with their sound and embracing pop music. Nevertheless, on an album that's predominantly rock, "Let Go" shines.
The band gets politcal on the Howard Benson-produced title track. With the economy being less than stellar, the lyrically powerful "These Times" stands out as an anthem for people that have fallen on hard times. The track speaks to the relevance of what's currently going on in our society, as well as ingraining the hope that things will get better.