Changing tunes Bands’ new directions
While The Script have evolved their sound in Freedom Child, other artists have gone all-in with a mid-career change in direction. Here are some notables who have defied expectation.
THE BRONX Once the box of ‘awesome punk band’ was ticked, in a move that no one saw coming, The Bronx turned their attention to mariachi music. Thankfully for those needing to know the expected sweat levels at their shows, they differentiate their acts with the alter ego Mariachi El Bronx.
KESHA Plenty to do with the turbulent five years since she last graced the spotlight, Kesha’s forthcoming album, Rainbow, sees her less interested in frivolous pop than weighty, emotionally-revealing pieces.
LINKIN PARK Weeks before his tragic death, Chester Bennington’s band released their seventh album, One More Light, which saw them move from their signature rock-rap hybrid and embrace chart music instead.
THE HORRORS Mocked as a haircut NME band, back when NME bands were a thing, the depth and talent in second album Primary Colours forced many to eat their own words.
RADIOHEAD The Oxford group (left) did well on the indie circuit with the promising Pablo Honey and the fully-formed The Bends. Then, in 1997, they only went and released OK Computer, changing the face of music as we know it.