Sydney-based poppy alternative-rock trio RedHook today unleash their new single Sentimental Surgery.
The track received its first play on Alex Baker’s Fresh Blood Show on Kerrang! Radio
A loving tribute to the emo music that shaped RedHook’s teen years. Sentimental Surgery lyrically brims with lead singer Emmy Mack’s trademark self-deprecating, tongue-in-cheek humour. 90’s-inspired funk rhythms set the stage for a feverish collision of musical elements from pop-punk and modern emo-trap, continuing RedHook’s celebrated affection for sonic alchemy. Though arguably their most pop-leaning song to date, Sentimental Surgery encapsulates the band’s elastic, song-by-song approach to their musical storytelling, and defiant refusal to be pinned down by outmoded classifications of sub-genres within the alternative rock space.
Mack explains “Given what we’ve all been going through these past 18 months, I found it really difficult to write a song about literally any other topic. But I also didn’t wanna be THAT artist writing yet another sad song about the shared grief of our covid-crushed dreams. So instead, I decided to embrace the cliche and create a piece of music that expressed those sad feels but also flipped them in a way that hopefully cheers people up and puts a smile on their faces.
“So many of us are struggling hard right now, and possibly even regressing into the past a little to distract ourselves from the uncertainty of the future… I really just wanted to write something that helped us all enjoy that regression & hopefully feel a bit better.” Mack concludes.
Sentimental Surgery follows on from the release of RedHook’s celebrated debut EP Bad Decisions which arrived in April of 2021. The record has already notched up close to 3 million streams on Spotify and earned plenty of critical praise.