‘What Are We’ is the latest single from Washington based sextet Sub-Radio, whose high-energy live performances have garnered a reputation up and down the East Coast.
The track begins with spirited synth before being interrupted by the powerful vocals of lead singer Adam Bradley, who utters the engaging opening line ‘let’s put it in context, you say we’ve been talking [for] eleven weeks now’. This provides the listener with background and introduces the song’s narrative, which is a conversation between two people in which one is asking the other what he should make of their relationship.
The song then builds to a frenetic chorus in which Bradley repeatedly sings the titular question – ‘baby, what are we?’ – with a commanding yet delicate tone. The lyrics which speak of longing and uncertainty are wonderfully undercut by the track’s upbeat rhythm, and it’s hard not to get sucked in by its infectious energy.
‘What Are We’ feels perfectly suited to radio play and it’s easy to see why Sub-Radio are being compared to artists like Two Door Cinema Club and Walk the Moon. Their brand of pop-rock is entirely engaging and this latest single is a fine example of their growing talents.