In immersing yourself into the sounds of Discord Theory, it’s hard to find anything that isn’t likable about this upbeat indie rock quartet. Take their new single “Stranded,” for instance. It’s energetic, colourful, and at times aggressive, linking together everything there is to love about both indie and pop-punk. Their musical style lies somewhere in between those two genres, with a dancy vibe that pumps their songs up with even more of an element of fun.

And fun is exactly the way “Stranded” sounds, a song that you could envision playing in the background while living it up on the town with your significant other, or getting a little wild and crazy with your best friends. There’s a very positive feeling to the song, one that can’t help but make you feel good to be young, vibrant, and ready to take on anything that comes your way.

Describing the song and its backstory, the band stated, “‘Stranded’ is about having to make noteworthy changes in your life to become the person you always dreamed you could be. Set to the theme of leaving home behind for the unknown, it invokes the feeling of adventure and self-discovery while tackling the insecurities of being displaced. Injecting the drive of pop-punk, the nuance of progressive music, and hints of ‘80s rock, the song quickly became the blueprint of what we wanted to do sonically with our next album.”

Emanating from the palm trees and the sunshine of Tampa, Florida, the members of Discord Theory first came together in 2017. It wasn’t long before they were already working on their debut EP, ALAS, which they balanced with as many live performances as they could cram in. Along the way, they secured opening sets for such noteworthy acts as Bayside, Portugal The Man, and Peelander-Z. Without currently being able to tour and play live, the band is making good use of the downtime by actively writing and recording their debut full-length album with Lee Dyess, who has produced albums for groups such as Mayday Parade, From First To Last, and Against Me! It’s all a work in progress for Discord Theory, which makes it exciting to ponder just how prolific this band has the potential to be.

Artwork for “Stranded” by Discord Theory

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