Alt-rock band Subtleties takes you track-by-track on their newest EP, “Barely You”

With another New Music Friday on our hands today, it might well be easy to lose track of all the bands releasing killer music today. There’s no shortage of quality releases across the board from the likes of Uneven Structure to The Anchor to Dream State, and that’s merely scratching the surface.

You can add alt-rock newcomers Subtleties to that list as well. The band just released their new EP Barely You, and they’re probably going to draw some comparisons to bands like Silverstein or even Can’t Swim. In other words, they’re certainly one to watch. We’re stoked to be teaming up with the band for the track-by-track overview of their new EP, so listen to the record and read along below if that’s your thing. It should be!


Control is about watching someone close to you slowly fall apart because of their PTSD. Knowing where problems lie but not having a solution is hard, and gives both of you a sense of helplessness that this song discusses. The gloomy but aggressive tone of the song coupled with powerful vocals makes the song an emotional and memorable start to the EP.


Attention is about abusive relationships, specifically being on the outside of one and watching its repercussions. Trying to help someone through an abusive relationship is incredibly difficult, and it’s often hard to justify the unsafe situation a person you care about is putting themselves in over and over again. We hope song will serve as a beacon of hope for those in those kinds of relationships, or watching something struggle with one.

Without You in October:

Without you in October is about missing someone when a certain time of year comes around, and the hopefulness one feels knowing that their story might not be over. Having things associated with a certain person makes getting through them that much harder. This song is a ballad to waiting for the right time, and knowing that even then nothing is for sure.


Mulligan is about exactly that. Wanting a second chance with someone you know you cant. Playing through every aspect of the relationship over and over again, wishing it could’ve turned out different. The song is an emotional dispute with oneself, longing for things to be back the way they once were.


Streetlights is a song about dealing with loss; specifically losing something you never really had. Written about the loss of someone with Alzheimer’s, the song shows how painful it is to watch someone gradually disappear over time. Trying to uphold a relationship with someone who doesn’t know who you are is a painful thing to experience, and there are similar situations in most people’s lives that the song is meant to relate to.