One Direction Drops Surprise Single And Gets Schooled By A Little Boy

31 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

One Direction Plot Post-Zayn Future With New Song ‘Drag Me Down’.

Liam Payne did the honors of announcing the news in the middle of the night – which was hardly fair to fans just getting ready to go to sleep (who now probably won’t be able to sleep for days due to their exhilaration).On one hand, One Direction’s new single “Drag Me Down” offers the “mature” sound that the group members has been boasting about in the lead-up to their fifth studio album.The pop-rock track shifts the band’s sound from the softer folk of their last album, Four, back to the more upbeat, electronic heavy elements of their first two albums. “It’s the first song from the new album that we’ve been working very, very, very hard on,” member Liam Payne said in a video the band posted on Twitter following the tune’s release. “We can’t wait for you to hear it.” The track comes on the heels of former member Malik’s announcement that he had signed a solo contract to RCA Records. Immediately, Directioners let go of any semblance of chill they’d ever had, though the overjoyed reactions truly reached their peak on Friday morning, when those who’d slept through the news woke up to find their Twitter feeds amok with feelings, GIFs and all caps.

If 2014’s Four found the boys still dabbling in mid-70’s arena-rock, this quick, unfussy track is a graduation to the shimmering pop-rock melodies of the Police and Fleetwood Mac. Right before tweeting a photo of himself signing the contract in front of a RCA sign, Malik confirmed that the launch of his solo career is why he had left the band. “I guess I never explained why I left,” he wrote. “It was for this moment to be given the opportunity to show you who I really am!” He ended his tweet with the hashtag “#realmusic.” Malik quit the band less than a week after exiting the tour due to “stress” back in March. For most of the year, One Direction have been touring the world in support of Four, beginning the North American leg in early July with support from “I Love It” duo Icona Pop. Well that shift, friends, was the ripple effect of a billion teenage and tweenage souls struggling to withstand the force of a new One Direction single, a surprise One Direction single, the first One Direction single since Zayn Malik infamously departed the group. On its first single without recently departed member Zayn Malik — and its first since its five-year anniversary as a group — One Direction romantically alludes to the diehard Directioners and their place in the group’s phenomenal run of success; it’s basically the Backstreet Boys’ “Larger Than Life” with a slightly less bombastic guitar riff.

Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again. Instead, the lyrics are mostly directed at an unwavering lover (?), who is consistently supportive (“All my life you stood by me when no one else was ever behind me,” etc.). The best news for One Direction fans is that the quartet does not sound incomplete: the group compensates for Malik’s absence by giving each member ample time to shine, and the harmonies admirably resonate on the call-and-response portions of the pre-chorus.

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