Best Intentions’ ‘Twisted’ is formulaic but done well within its set parameters
On their newest single “Twisted,” Best Intentions shows all of the trappings of the prototypical New Found Glory-like bands. The cadence in the intro that rolls into the catchy hook, the barely-there bass riffs, and the complementary guitars that serve to lead your ears onto the content of the verses before the next hook hits the ground running.
I get it. It’s a formula that works even if they’re taking an idea and applying it in a somewhat predictable way, with phrases like, “I hope you think of me when you’re up at night and your back still hurts from the time I ran you over with my car … that was the last thing she said to me.”
It’s a well-traveled song subject — singing about a girlfriend that’s scorned and is waiting for karma to “fuck you over.” That said, they hit all their marks well for what the song is supposed to be.
“Twisted” is one of those songs that I despise the first time I hear it, but then the second and maybe third time I start to let my guard down a bit and take it for what it is, a fun bit of sugar that goes down smooth. You won’t need to think much about it, and if you’re a fan of these types of songs, you’ll probably really like this one, too.
Best Intentions is a Nashville-based three-piece pop/punk band. Formed in Philadelphia in 2016, founding member Matthew Kleinman moved to Nashville in 2017 where he met Tony Pietrafesa, who he quickly hit if off with and started a friendship through similar musical tastes and influences. The two recruited Tony’s housemate, drummer Jim Collet, and the trio was set.
You’ll dig these guys if you’re into bands like Neck Deep, Simple Plan, the aforementioned New Found Glory, Blink-182 and State Champs. Their new album drops later this year.