Orillia keyboard player and songwriter Ayden Miller is releasing a new song next Friday with his pop band, New Friends.
Coming Back for You is a song about longing for summer and missing someone, according to the 21-year-old Twin Lakes Secondary School graduate.
“I think we tried to replicate the sound off of some of our favourite bands from when we were younger, pop-rock bands that we used to hear on the radio like Down with Webster and Neon Trees,” Miller said.
“Once we were done recording the song, we thought it might be perfect for radio, so we finished shooting a music video a couple of months ago and it's finally ready to roll out.”
New Friends consists of Stefan Boulineau, Conrad Galecki, Cole Wilson and Miller, all of whom were classmates in the music industry arts program at Fanshawe College in London.
“Everyone has their own thing that they do really well, and while sitting in our house in London, our guitar player, Cole, started playing this guitar riff and we thought, 'Wow, that is really good,' and instantly I kind of came up with the chorus and started singing out loud and we kind of built off of that,” Miller explained.
“A lot of the lyrical ideas came from Conrad and I; our singer, Stefan, came up with some really incredible melodies. He’s really what makes our songs sound like us. He’s a really talented dude. So, it was a whole team effort.”
The music video for Coming Back for You was directed by Christy Kim.
“When we decided we wanted to do a music video, a friend of mine recommended this incredible director out of Toronto and she loved the lyrics of the song and thought it kind of reminder of the late ’90s, early 2000s rom-coms, so the whole music video is inspired by that,” Miller said.
New Friends is hopeful Coming Back for You will be the band's breakout hit.
“These last few months have been the first time where I’ve felt like all our hard work is finally paying off. I think we are about to get to that next level,” Miller said.
“This is a song that is really catchy, really fun, and a song people will really enjoy this summer.”
He hopes the new track will help establish the band's fan base, whether that is with the help of a label deal or not.
“Growing up, the dream was to get signed by a major label, but for me, it’s not really about that,” he said.
“If it happens, great. If not, we still want to continue to grow and have people get on board with us with our vision.”
Coming Back for You will be available on all music streaming platforms, and the music video will be on Twitter and Instagram using the handle @newfriendsmusic.