Monday, September 26, 2022

Rare Hearts - "Tough Guy"

Photo by Jay Braley

Back in June we brought you "Good Times" from Rare Hearts, the musical project of Mexican-American singer-songwriter Joe Rojas. Rojas is back with a new single, "Tough Guy." I compared the last song to bands like Weezer, Superdrag, Fountains of Wayne, etc. "Tough Guy" still has that poppier side of alt-rock thing going, except this one if even bigger and more pop. It sounds like Rojas is shooting for the stadiums on this one, and I'm getting vibes of bands like Muse or Placebo, but filtered through Self... if that makes any sense. It's a different sound than we previously heard from Rare Hearts, but if you like "Good Times" there's a lot for you to love about "Tough Guy."

Joe Rojas says of the new song:

“'Tough Guy' was such a fun song to write, perform, and come up with a music video for. There was such a flow to the creation of the video and even the song when first written. For me, this song embodies two stories. One in where there’s the 'tough guy' stereotype 'machismo' aspect to it which can be found in lyrics such as 'ya you know you’ve never seen me, if you think you really saw me down cause I’ll just break away' while also highlighting the blind drive someone in that life roll may have, 'have no mercy, it all makes me.'”

You can listen to "Tough Guy" below. Rare Hearts will release a debut EP later this year on My Grito Industries. For more on Rare Hearts, check out the artist's Facebook and Twitter.

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