Review by Nick Manduley

February 6, 2021

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Ocean County pop-rock quintet The Ones You Forgot independently released their new single “Desensitized” on February 5th. The tune follows the band’s summer 2020 single “Something For Me” and their 2018 EP Too Afraid To Say.

Desensitized” is an emotional track that signifies somewhat of a departure from pop-punk’s most recognizable characteristics in favor of something more atmospheric and sonically mature; though the band’s pop-punk core remains intact at the heart of the song. “Desensitized” is laden with soaring synths comfortably nestled under modern rock riffs and infectious, driving leads. The tune starts off with reverse-swelling synths against a crisp, clean guitar tone, painting a melancholy picture of a first verse that launches into a powerful chorus. Frontwoman Jenna Bruno effectively demonstrates her vocal prowess as she belts out the chorus lyrics, which deal with repressing one’s emotions in order to “pretend that you’re fine.”

Guitarists Ferdinand Benauro and Matthew Thompson give an excellent performance on the track; the chemistry and unison of their individual parts shine a focal point on the band’s performance throughout the track. The airtight rhythm of drummer Justin Rodman in tandem with bassist Lance Nelson’s clanking tones and fills serve as the groundwork of the track; ensuring that the song’s emotional heaviness fires on all cylinders.

Desensitized” is now available on all streaming services. Support the band by streaming “Something For Me” or Too Afraid To Say, and stop by their website to pick up some merchandise.

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Photo: Bill Cardella

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Nick Manduley is an aspiring music journalist and musician from Bradley Beach, NJ. He is currently an intern at Relix Magazine where he helps produce and curate online content. Since 2016, he has provided guitars and vocals for the local punk band Drive, Kid. Drive, Kid released an EP and a full-length album in 2018, and are currently recording their sophomore LP.

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