South Jersey emo power-popsters By Surprise are back with “Criteria,” the title track to their sophomore full-length album, slated for a January release on Top Shelf Records (get your pre-order on here). The song, streaming over at Alternative Press, rings out with big and bright Built To Spill chords, generous feedback accents, and a singalong refrain, while the lyrics underneath the uplifting arrangements are laced with bitterness and rejection. “If you’re looking for me, you know where I’ll be / beneath the bus you threw me under.” Dang. Stream the song over at AP, and watch for more from By Surprise later this winter.
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