By: Chris Perkins
“Tangerine, you’re all the color I need”-Tangerine (2020)
After the re-emergence of Hot Chelle Rae with comeback single “I Hate LA” in 2019, the boys are back and better than ever with the release of highly anticipated “Tangerine” which shares its name with their upcoming US tour.
“Tangerine” was teased multiple times on the band’s social media during the months leading up to their comeback creating that initial demand for the song to be released. The excitement sparked HCR fans to create their own communication with the band by flooding their social media accounts with tangerine emojis and tangerine (orange) heart emojis as they patiently awaited for their new favorite song. And on February 21st, 2020 their wishes came true.
Jerrod Bettis takes production credit and the result is a track that feels like a breath of fresh air. Thanks to Bettis, Hot Chelle Rae locks into a new sound that’s perfect for them. The song opens up with with refreshing synths and snaps that accompany Ryan Follesé’s citrusy vocals as he delivers the first verse. “Tangerine” tells the story of a woman who is sweet yet has sour intentions when Follesé sings about how she’s taken all his money and sanity. But at the end of the day, Follesé is still craving more of her when she leaves. In the pre chorus, the rhythm section kicks it up a notch when the bass and drums kick in. If you aren’t dancing along by now, you certainly will be during the chorus which will have you singing your own personal duet with Follesé. Right before the bridge, the band’s lead guitarist Nash Overstreet delivers a slick, distorted guitar riff which fills in that final hole and completes the track when it returns at the end of the song.
Listening to this track will definitely give you your daily dose of Vitamin C and coincidentally the song finds itself within the musical key of C. By the end of the song you’ll be wishing it was longer so the fun never ends. Once again, Hot Chelle Rae proved their hiatus was worthwhile as they reached a new level of songwriting mastery along with finding their groove. This single precedes their upcoming EP which is expected to be released before the band embarks on The Tangerine Tour which starts on March 16th at the Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix, AZ.
Check out Tangerine below along with the list of Hot Chelle Rae tour dates for The Tangerine Tour. Go check them out when they are in a city near you!
March 16 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
March 18 – San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger
March 20 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues Dallas
March 21 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
March 24 – Orlando, FL – The Abbey
March 26 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre
March 27 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
March 28 – Charleston, SC – Music Farm
March 31 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground – Fillmore Charlotte
April 2 – Washington, DC – Union Stage – DC
April 3 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
April 6 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
April 9 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
April 10 – Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater
April 11 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Park
April 13 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues Cleveland
April 14 – Columbus, OH – A&R Music Bar
April 16 – Detroit, MI – El Club
April 19 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
April 20 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
April 21 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
April 23 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
April 24 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
April 26 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
April 29 – Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver
April 30 – San Francisco, CA – August Hall
You can purchase tickets online at hotchellerae.com
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