Following a tumultuous year that included the release of their single “Live Forever” and parting ways with their long-time record label, The Band Perry have returned with “Comeback Kid.” Shipped to country radio today (August 1st), the song is the trio’s first music released under their new agreement with Interscope Records.
“I don’t think I deserve the hurt I get/ But I’m made for it/ It’s not the end,” sings Kimberly Perry over an insistent rhythm and supported by her brothers’ pillow-soft harmony vocals. Later, she makes reference to the group’s breakout hit single “If I Die Young,” saying “How dare you forget where I started out,” then momentarily mimicking that song’s signature “uh oh, uh oh” melody.
It’s a pretty on-the-nose summary of what’s transpired since last August, when “Live Forever” saw them experimenting with pop sounds as never before. Their new album – originally titled Heart + Beat – was supposed to feature collaborations with more pop-oriented producers like Diplo, Pharrell Williams and RedOne. Then “Live Forever” stalled in the top 30 on country radio and they went quiet before sharing news of their new record label, spurring speculation that they were leaving country behind. “Live Forever” was resuscitated earlier in 2016 when it was chosen as the official song for Team USA at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The Band Perry’s new agreement through Interscope Records suggests it’s more complicated and that they’ll still be a presence in country while expanding to other musical lands. The arrangement links them with Mercury Nashville, which puts them under the same umbrella as Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton and Little Big Town. “Comeback Kid,” officially a country single, was produced by Benny Cassette, who has worked with Kanye West, Miguel, John Legend and others.
To promote this release, Kimberly, Neil and Reid Perry have been pulling a 24-hour live streaming stunt that began at midnight. The camera is currently following them to various interviews and engagements today in Nashville, which can be viewed on their Facebook. No official announcement about their new album has been made at this point.