Let’s talk about a band that wrecked our world for about four years and then seemingly…
Vanished into thin air.
It’s been nearly seven long years since we’ve heard the gorgeous, yet somehow gothic and tragic sounds of The Band Perry, and it feels like their rise to the top of the country music world is often forgotten.
I mean come on, this group had a number of stellar songs between 2010 to 2014, and their “old south” style look was recognizable by anybody.
They first hit the top of the country charts with the song everybody knows and loves, “If I Die Young,” a song about a young girl describing a depressing early death. I know I know, the lyrics are utterly sad, but they made us all feel some type of way. The song even reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
They had some other great songs on their self-titled 2010 album as well, with songs like “You Lie,” “Postcard From Paris” and “All Your Life.”
Fast forward to 2013 and their second studio album, Pioneer, and the group saw equal success with songs like “Better Dig Two, “Chainsaw,” “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely,” and “DONE.”
The group was on top of the country world, releasing hit after hit, but outta nowhere, they went off the rails.
They released a song called “Live Forever,” and had completely made a transition to pop, a sound that wasn’t even remotely close to what they had put out in the past.
That’s when the band suddenly seemed to fall off the map.
After a little research, I found that they have transitioned into an “electropop” sound, and is currently making music that feels like it is straight outta California. After listening to some of their most recent songs, it’s borderline unrecognizable to that original sound we all knew and loved back in the early 2010s.
It honestly hurts my heart to see, as The Band Perry was one of the very few groups who continuously put out real country music during a time which mainstream country was plagued with bro-country. Fiddle, mandolin, steel guitar…. they had a great sound.
Maybe they’re content with this new sound they’ve found, but let this be a reminder:
We can’t forget how The Band Perry blew up the scene in a very short amount of time. It does raise the question though, how good could this band have been if they still kept their original sound today?
Unless we see a Zac Brown-like comeback, the world may never know…