Premiere: “What Will Be Will Be,” Brother Oliver’s Fiery Search for Purpose

What Will Be Will Be - Brother Oliver

You’ll find no welcome here, said your future to your fear.

sounds like: Death Cab for Cutie x Mumford & Sons

There’s an unquenchable fire roaring behind Brother Oliver’s new single “What Will Be Will Be.” Acoustic and electric guitars join together in a rush of unwavering perseverance as the band light up a tale of man’s search for meaning in life’s apathetic darkness.

Listen: “What Will Be Will Be” – Brother Oliver

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “What Will Be Will Be,” the lead single off Brother Oliver’s self-titled third album (out August 25, 2017 via Forthright Records). The South Carolina folk-rock band of brothers Andrew Oliver and Stephen Oliver and non-brother Devin Taylor, Brother Oliver inject a furious energy into their sound that balances with the meticulous beauty of their colorful, emotionally potent music.

Chugging guitars begin “What Will Be Will Be” with a dark urgency. We’re drawn intimately close to Brother Oliver as the lead singer cries out to the heavens,

What Will Be Will Be - Brother Oliver

What Will Be Will Be – Brother Oliver

God please speak to me —
I’m having trouble listening.
I’ve spent my life searching to find
there’s nothing missing.
God please speak to me —
I can almost hear you whispering.
Hear this broken once cry
out from a heart that’s resisting.

It’s a personal plight, yet it’s one we can universally relate to. Why is my life like this? What did do to deserve this? When we look at our troubles and measure them against our deeds, we can so often be quick to assign blame and purpose – thinking that somehow, it is about us. Or perhaps we think about the “greater plan,” the almighty unknown path of all things. Is this just our destiny?

Brother Oliver’s song questions this sense of purpose – that “destiny” is a man-made concept we use to comfort ourselves, rather than an existential outline. ““What Will Be Will Be” is a fresh take on a song we wrote nearly 4 years ago,” shares Andrew Oliver. “There’s a lot of big screens and flashing lights right now and it makes for an entertaining time to be alive — but it feels like a lot of our generation are searching for meaning and it can be tough to find. That’s what this song is about. It’s an open-ended take on dealing with big-picture frustrations in life and spirituality.”

Brother Oliver © 2017

Brother Oliver © 2017

Brother Oliver’s chorus is especially menacing, an ominous message that alludes to the lack of comfort we’ll receive from whispers in the wind:

What will be will be.
What will be will be.
You’ll find no welcome here
said your future to your fear.

Keyboard riffs cascade down as the band cast a shadow over tomorrow’s light. Either we are helpless to the ways of the world, or must find our own path and do it ourselves – essentially, there’s no real prize to complaining, Why me!? into the ether. Andrew Oliver’s howl is heavy with earnest gusto: We can feel his heart lying deep inside this track as he very plainly lays everythign on the line. What will be will be isn’t necessarily a positive, uplifting mantra – but it’s insanely catchy, and the words have a propensity to haunt us for some time.

Life isn’t going to be about you. This world, with its lightning-fast information and daily distractions, is not here to spoon-feed you a purpose. You have no externally-assigned purpose! We are the makers of our own beds, the keepers of our own fate. But! says Brother Oliver, Do not despair at the world’s coldness. The point of this song is not to wallow in despair – rather, to light a resilient fire within each of us. Brother Oliver aren’t giving us the answers – “What Will Be Will Be” offers no solution – but they do send us out into the world with quizzical minds.

There’s no welcome here for me,
just this gathering of trees and fallen leaves.

Mixing the acoustic folk-rock of Mumford & Sons and Fleet Foxes with the darker emotionality and personality of acts like Death Cab for Cutie and My Morning Jacket, Brother Oliver capture our ears and rustle our hearts with a song that speaks to the spirit in need of spirituality. Offering substantial food for thought, “What Will Be Will Be” engages us on a deeper level, rousing awake the individual spirit in the hopes that we will be our own best person, rather than wait for life to happen to us.

Enjoy Atwood Magazine’s exclusive stream of “What Will Be Will Be,” and stay tuned for more from Brother Oliver’s self-titled album!

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Mitch is the Editor-in-Chief of Atwood Magazine and a 2014 graduate from Tufts University, where he pursued his passions of music and psychology. He currently works at Universal Music Group in New York City. In his off hours, Mitch may be found songwriting, wandering about one of New York’s many neighborhoods, or writing an article on your next favorite artist for Atwood. Mitch’s words of wisdom to fellow musicians and music lovers are thus: Keep your eyes open and never stop exploring. No matter where you go, what you do or who you are with, you can always learn something new and inspire something amazing.
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