Scottish pop-punk band Woes have released their new single “HLB2”. The song, which is a homage to Drake’s megahit “Hotline Bling”, is the fourth single off of the band’s forthcoming EP Self Help out May 4th via UNFD. Pre-order Self Help here.
“I remember when I first demoed HLB2 I was so excited about it! I knew it had something really special,” states lead singer David Jess. “When I first started working on it, it was a totally guitar based song that sounded like what you would expect from us. When we started working on it as a band, we couldn’t get it together so it went on the backburner for a while. Then after a month or two we looked at it with fresh eyes, we were like ‘OK, holy shit, now we’re on to something.’ and the whole song was pretty much re-written from there, barring a couple bits from the original arrangement.”
“Lyrically, the song is about trying to get it together with someone you have a casual thing with, and it not working out and the kind of self-reflections that come from that kind of experience. It’s something that has happened to me a few times I guess, and at the time I couldn’t really see why. Looking back now, I was just putting all my time and energy AND money into music, and not really leaving anything of myself for someone to want to be in a relationship with. So I tried to put myself in that headspace of, ‘what is this person’s problem’ and gradual realisation of your own flaws over time – that it was your fault all along that things couldn’t work out.”
HLB2 is taken from Woes’ new EP Self Help, out May 4.