The Tampa band show some serious pop music chops in their accessible brand of post-hardcore.
Tampa, Florida band Makari specialize in the more pop-oriented side of post-hardcore, but much like Paramore a decade ago, they show a lot more depth than the usual Warped Tour clones out there. They allow more room for strong melodies, and bolstered by Brandon Cullen's fascinatingly androgynous singing, the music displays a level of sensitivity that sounds sincere compared to the more pandering sounds that usually come from other male bands in the scene.
"Subtitles", from their recent EP Ghost Stories, is a fine example of how confident songwriters Makari already are, and it so happens they've made a new video for the track, which you can watch below.
"The song was inspired by the idea that romance is movie-esque," the band tells PopMatters. "However, in this instance, it is not about the happy ending, rather, it is about how there can be miscommunication to the point where it is almost as if both parties are speaking a different language. The song is realization, the understanding of the different language and the response -- in his case the infatuated protagonist turns away, refusing to be strung along any further."
Purchase Ghost Stories via Bandcamp.