ACM-nominated group Old Dominion are using their new-found fame and platform for a bit of empowerment. Their new single, "No Such Thing as a Broken Heart," is as pop as pop-country goes but is laced with an uplifting message of hope and love. "What am I gonna tell my kids when they see all of this bullshit that goes down on TV?" lead singer Matt Ramsey frets on the second verse. "When the whole world is down on its luck, I gotta to make sure they keep their chin up."
Not only is the song a mild politically-charged anthem, but it speaks to a much broader, universal message: following your dreams and never giving up. "Cry when it hurts, laugh when it's funny. Chase after the dream, don't chase after the money," Ramsey then resolves, leading into the hook. "You can't keep the ground from shaking, no matter how hard you try. You can't keep the sunsets from fading. You've got to treat your life like you're jumping off a rope swing, baby, because the whole thing's really just a shot in the dark." It's playful but urgent, a far cry from such previous hit singles as "Break Up with Him" and "Snapback."
“No matter who you are, where you live or your current status, people both old and young face more challenges than ever,” says Ramsey in a press statement. “It’s in the face of those challenges and standing at the edge of fear that we have to remain positive. Focus on the light that comes from positivity instead of being swallowed up. Work hard at doing what you feel is right. Don’t be scared!! Live life like there’s no such thing as a broken heart.”
"No Such Thing as a Broken Heart" (written by bandmates Ramsey, Trevor Rosen and Brad Tursi with Jesse Frasure) is the lead single to Old Dominion's forthcoming sophomore album, the apt follow-up to 2015's Meat and Candy debut.
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Take a listen to "No Such Thing as a Broken Heart" below: