Mikaila Delgado Vocals | Teddie Haron Guitars | Lachlan Cronin Guitars | Bradley Cronan Drums
The past decade has seen Sydney, Australia, become a hotbed for underground music, with emo, pop-punk, and hardcore acts catapulting from local heroes to worldwide phenomenons. For years, Yours Truly watched their fellow countrymen and women take the next leap – and now the Sydney-based quartet are poised for a similar breakthrough of their own.
Buoyed by the hit single “High Hopes” – which has amassed more than 1 million Spotify plays, 2 million YouTube views, and a coveted rotation spot on Triple J – the band’s new EP Afterglow (their first release for Australian label UNFD), is in some ways the perfect amalgam of their internationally known Down Under peers: It’s pop music that avoids overly saccharine sentiments, rock that cuts its muscle with the right amount of melody.
“The scene in Australia is so close-knit,” says vocalist Mikaila, who formed Yours Truly with guitarist Teddie in 2016, later adding guitarist Lachlan and drummer Bradley. “Everyone’s so community-driven. We were forming at a time when there were a lot of Australian bands getting their international breaks, and we were looking to them for motivation. Seeing bands you’ve seen in smaller venues have that success was inspiring.”
Yours Truly released their debut EP, Too Late For Apologies, in 2017, and soon found themselves sharing stages with the likes of Say Anything, We The Kings, and Tonight Alive, the latter of whom handpicked the band to open a pair of sold-out Australian shows. Along the way, they’ve endeared themselves to fans around the world, including an invitation to the iconic Download Festival in summer 2019.
They’ll be bringing with them the hard-hitting, emotionally resonant Afterglow. From the syncopated energy of “Circles,” through the resolve to rise above personal trauma on the double-time, frantic “I Can’t Feel,” Afterglow is a collection of songs that speaks to the strength within. That’s front and centre on “High Hopes,” which Punktastic dubbed a “summer anthem” and details a failed relationship and the resulting disillusionment.
But unlike many of their peers, Yours Truly don’t wallow in their pity. They use their fire as fuel for self-improvement, pushing past any obstacle that seeks to derail their dreams. It’s the optimistic, driven mentality they’ve used to get this far.
“We’re very positive,” Mikaila says. “We’re not going to put out songs where we sound super angry, but we still want to make sure every song we write has something important to say.”