Symphonic horns and gritty vocals seamlessly blend in “Tyler, Forever” to create a track that is as catchy as it is emotional. The song’s infectious chorus transitions midway to a more sombre sound, with McKinley’s hard-hitting bars as the focal point. “The pain still lingers,” he repeats against a jazz instrumental, painting a beautiful picture of his late friend Tyler.
“‘Tyler, Forever’ is a track that is a celebration of the life of one of my close friends, and for all those we lost too soon. A triumphant return for the memories we have of people we love. As the song progresses, it becomes a reflective track for myself, as I dive into the reasons behind why I talk about such complex feelings in this song. By the end, you have a scattered collection of thoughts, where the lyrics mimic the rushing pace of the instrumental.”
In the music video, McKinley returns to New York, one of the many cities he’s lived in and the place where he forged his friendship with Tyler. A montage shows McKinley riding the 3 train and visiting his grandparents in the Bronx, while the burgeoning wordsmith pays tribute to the friends and family that truly define home.
This Spring, McKinley will hit the road with Tank And The Bangas. He’ll open for the GRAMMY-nominated group on select tour dates. Tickets will go on sale Friday, January 20th at 10 AM local time right here.
Tank & The Bangas Supporting Dates:
3/9 – Fort Worth, TX @ Tulips
3/11 – Santa Fe, NM @ Tumbleroot Brewery and Distillery
3/12 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
3/13 – Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
3/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
3/19 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
3/21 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall
3/22 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre
3/25 – Fort Collins, CO @ Washington’s
3/26 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
3/28 – Lexington, KY @ The Burl
3/29 – Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle
4/1 – Mobile, AL @ The Merry Widow
4/2 – Memphis, TN @ 1884 Lounge