Out August 14 on the new Tragic Hearts record Daylight, “Better Off” is this summer’s breakup album.
Tragic Hearts understand the frailty of the human condition and the inescapable reality that all bands will one day die alone. However, they march on, choosing a form of entertainment slightly more appealing than reality television and panic-driven news coverage.
Yet, underneath the grey and noise, they play loud and obsessed, seized by the flimsy promise of infinite mortality, artistic purity, and a free case of beer. Each song is a wistful chant against the universe’s greatest injustices, love’s prickly thorns, and the laughable notion that we all matter.
“‘Better Off ‘ is about that strange back-and-forth that sometimes accompanies a break-up,” the band explains. “When both parties know they shouldn’t really stick it out, because they know it doesn’t work, but there are those moments when those feelings dissolve and sometimes old habits and routines resurface. The song tackles a bit of that, but eventually both people realize that it’s unhealthy, and there’s a peaceful comfort that comes with that—both characters recognize that happiness is more likely if they’re apart …”