“Back to Myself” by Hero The Band - A Song Feature
By beginning “Back to Myself” with the song’s chorus, Hero The Band effectively stuffed the ballot box for best anthem of 2019. The gauntlet has been thrown to the ground. Best of luck to the other bands, but don’t forget to grab your consolation prize at the door.
The chorus at the start of “Back to Myself” is presented with little fanfare. Sure, the lyrics are emphatically stated and the backing “ooo-ooo” vocals have a charm, but instrumental support is merely a fuzzed bass. The percussion and guitars soon enter with force, setting the expectation that “Back to Myself” is a full-steam-ahead vehicle. Then, a shift occurs when the first verse begins (0:32) and an expectation reboot is required. Hey, Hero The Band is vocally strong! During the song, the lead vocals skillfully handle different demands, including occupying the falsetto range.
In discussing “Back to Myself,” Hero The Band explains, “It’s about arising out of a place of feeling down and suffocated or having negative thoughts in your head. You’re constantly battling yourself. So, once you move past those feelings, you come back to who you’re meant to be. It’s an anthem for anybody who feels lost, insecure, or like an outcast. Know you can overcome whatever you’re facing.” The official video of the song illustrates the point.
Hero The Band is an Atlanta, Georgia quartet of blood brothers, each born a year apart—Justin (“Ocean”) Barnett (vocals, lead guitar), Jerramy (“Goku Love”) Barnett (vocals, bass), DJ (“BamBam”) Barnett (vocals, drums], and Nick (“Nicky”) Barnett (guitar, keys). The band states, “As the name of the group suggests, ‘Hero The Band’ set out for something ambitious and grandiose, but at the same time, every musician in the band maintains a humble spirit and a relatable approach that truly connects with listeners on a deeper level.”