True artists know exactly who they are, what they want, and where they’re headed. That said, The Score—Eddie Anthony [vocals, guitar, song-writer] and Edan Dover [keyboard, producer] unapologetically cling to a defined identity.
“We’re a kick ass band, and the energy at our shows reflects that,” Eddie declares. “If you come to a show, you’ll get a room full of people dancing, jumping up and down, and screaming. It’s in your face.”
That energy quietly transformed the New York-born and Los Angeles-based duo into a genre-defying phenomenon, incinerating the lines between rock, pop, indie, and electronic. Powered by anthems such as “Legend,” and “Unstoppable,” The Score reached hundreds of millions of cumulative streams within three years’ time over the course of two EPs—Unstoppable and Myths & Legends—and a 2017 full-length debut, ATLAS. As they ignited venues across North America, they also appeared on the big screen in Power Rangers and Pitch Perfect 3 in addition to campaigns for Jeep, NBA, and beyond.
“In the beginning we didn’t get in a van and tour the old school way,” explains Edan. “That’s not how it started. Originally, we were just us in a small studio releasing songs on the internet. One of those initial songs started picking up steam and did well in the UK. That break got us signed and we had to prove ourselves in the US. We were scared and worried that the future was uncertain. We had to dig down and find the strength to move our music forward, so that’s where all of these motivational lyrics came from. We were pushing ourselves to keep going, because it felt like everything could fall apart at any moment.”
Now, The Score channel that spirit and sense of urgency into a new musical direction. Inspired by rap-adjacent artists Post Malone and K. Flay they began writing in Los Angeles and joined forces with a bevy of high-profile collaborators, JT Daly [K. Flay], Heavy [Dirty Heads, Saint Motel, Sleeping with Sirens], and Dave Bassett [Elle King, Vance Joy].
“With this new music everything has progressively gotten harder and darker,” affirms Eddie. “I think a lot of that comes from being a bit misunderstood and the struggles we’ve faced coming up.”
A testament to this becomes apparent with their new single “Stronger,” where heavy, skittering synths underscore the conviction in Eddie’s lyrics, “But you didn’t think that I’d come back to life…Stronger…Bet you thought that I was dead, but I’m not dead.”
“You could literally parallel it to our story,” Edan continues. “We thought we were dead for a moment after we inked our deal, but we came back to life when we looked inside and found music we wanted to write that was true to us. If ATLAS was encouraging the listener to feel ‘Unstoppable’ and like a ‘Legend’, the new music speaks to how to improve yourself and face that inner conflict. We’re out to tell the second chapter of our story.”
Coming soon the rapid cadences soon to be released “Under The Pressure” steamroll towards a hypnotic and high-pitched hook that hits hard on impact. Written and produced at Bassett’s home studio, “It’s about how you might feel everything coming down on you, but you’re not going to crack under the pressure,” notes Eddie.
“I want people to walk away going, ‘damn, this is exactly what I’m going through’,” concludes Eddie. “Even if you’re in a completely different lane, I want you to realize we’re all going through the same journey. You’re not alone. You can overcome whatever you’re facing. If we had a message, that would be it.”