Originally a side project of vocalist Shane Henderson, Promise of Redemption was an outlet to show his softer side. He was also the singer of pop/punk band Valencia, which garnered a large following for him. Shane attributes his musical influences to a wide range of bands from Bruce Springsteen to Jimmy Eat World.
POR was first formed in 2004 and released an album that year and another in 2008. But due to Valencia gaining momentum, POR music was put on hold, until now. POR released the seven track EP, Where You Ought to Be, in July of 2016. You can hear Shane’s classic style throughout the record but also a new twist to his signature sound.
The track “With Open Arms” caught my attention quickly on my first listen. Emotional and relatable lyrics allude to the strong bonds we have with those we love. It quickly reminds the listener of the people in their lives who will always be there to catch them when they fall, those who you just know are there whether they live close by or on the other side of the world. We all have those certain people in our lives and they should be cherished. This one tugged at the heart strings a bit and made me think about the special people in my life.
“Disaster” is a track that is certain to cater to the pop/punk lovers sonically. Before even listening to the lyrics, I really enjoyed the music on this one. But then the lyrics… they will get you! Have you ever gone back to a toxic relationship? Yeah, we all have. This talks through the craziness of the ups and downs and finally walking away, realizing that this isn’t love or trust. I really enjoyed everything about this song.
This EP is a must listen. It’s like taking a walk through the ups and downs of life that everyone goes through. It was one of those “close your eyes and just listen” types of records that really resonated with my heart. Check out Where You Ought to Be available now!