Stride: Let It Go

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Record company: Unsigned
Genre: Alternative Pop

A relaxing alternative pop tune I expect to see soon on any chart. I couldn’t call it rock, or even pop (and there’s a lot of music that falls into that genre). I’d call it alternative pop, or something on the half-way to pop. Another one of those songs you like, but you can’t really put a genre to it.

With good and meaningful lyrics, paired with a good sound production, good balance of instruments and all in all, a great arrangment, it’s also a tune I expect to be a part of the soundtrack of any major teen movie in the very near future. It has great potential for popularity, even if the band was unsigned at the time (actually, I have a feeling that will happen at any moment).

Based in Dallas, Texas, Stride consists of Shane Hebert (drums, piano, guitar, vocals), Chad Whitestevens (lead vocals), Mike Cockerham (bass), Tyler Sehnert (lead/rhythm guitar) and Blake Helpert (lead/rhythm guitar). This song in particular was written by Shane Hebert.

Personally, I now look forward to hearing this band’s debut CD.


Sound quality: ★★★★★★ 

Genre conformity: ★★★★★☆ 

Playability: ★★★★★☆ 

Engaging: ★★★★★☆ 

Availability: ★★★★☆☆ 


Overall: ★★★★★☆