Rising Chicago based pop-punk star, Nick Karcher, releases the new single ‘The Hard Bitter Truth’. This heart-wrenching anthem begins as a haunting lullaby before evolving into a powerful blend of aggressive guitar riffs and thundering drum patterns, all wrapped in a captivating gothic dream.
Karcher is no stranger to crafting breakup songs, but ‘The Hard Bitter Truth’ may be his masterpiece. Reflecting on the song, he admits, “Writing this one was like peering into the future. I knew the relationship had to end, and I knew it would hurt, especially me. But that’s the harsh truth.” Each line is a poignant reminder, delivered with unwavering conviction and a bitter edge. An emotional performance, addictive melodies, and a jaw-dropping guitar solo make this Karcher’s best release yet.
Sonically straddling pop-punk and emo, ‘The Hard Bitter Truth’ takes a more gothic visual turn. In promotional photos, Karcher sports black eyeliner, an inverted crucifix necklace, and fishnet stockings paired with a skull-patterned skirt. He’s unapologetically himself, seeking to broaden representation in the genre. “Queer people are underrepresented in this music space. We exist here too. So when someone loves this song and discovers it’s sung by a guy in a skirt with more makeup than their girlfriend, I’m open to that conversation.”
‘The Hard Bitter Truth’ was co-written by Nick Karcher, Reece Lenzo, and producer Michael Bono, known for his work with artists like Avril Lavigne, YUNGBLUD, and girlfriends. Look out for the track on all major streaming platforms on October 6th, 2023. As the release date nears, fans and music enthusiasts can’t wait to witness Karcher’s bold addition to the pop-punk scene.