Track Review: ONE OK ROCK, ‘Taking Off’
Japanese rock band ONE OK ROCK shines on “Taking Off,” a promo single from their latest album, ‘Ambitions.’
ONE OK ROCK looks to make a bigger splash stateside. Who is ONE OK ROCK? A Japanese rock band, known for their punk-oriented style. The latest album, Ambitions, marks their debut for alt-label, Fueled by Ramen. Ahead of Ambitions, ONE OK ROCK released three singles: “Taking Off,” “Bedroom Warfare,” and “I Was King. Simply put, “Taking Off” rocks!
After a brief, rhythmic, mysterious start, bombastic guitars assert themselves on “Taking Off.” Following the intro, ONE OK ROCK bring it back down a smidge on the verse. On both verses, Taka delivers clear vocals, including a taste of falsetto. Even given the poise of the verses, the vocals are powerful on the catchy, assertive chorus:
“I know, I know / We’re talking off together / Even though we always crash and burn / Tonight you and I will fall from the sky / Drag me all the way to hell / Cause I’m never gonna let it go / I’m never gonna let it go.”
Lyrics embody the (and/or punk), tortured spirit. On the first verse, Taka sings:
“Stuck in the same routine / living an empty dream / when am I gonna wake up?”
On the second verse, he focuses on the broken heart:
“Build a broken heart / watching it fall apart / This is how I like it.”
All in all, “Taking Off” is a well-rounded, enjoyable, and energetic rock joint. ONE OK ROCK isn’t quite a household name stateside, but perhaps they should be.