Halflives have had a fantastic start to 2023, and are continuing the momentum with the release of a new single. EVERYTHING SUCKS tells a tale of fighting back against negativity and feeling unfulfilled, channelling those emotions into something more positive and raising the middle finger to those who put you in such places to begin with.
Produced and mixed by Jack Wilson (Fickle Friends, Hot Milk) and mastered by Grant Berry (All Time Low, Deaf Havana, You Me At Six), Linda Battilani’s songwriting has this time produced a bass driven track full of defiance. With yet another chorus destined to become stuck in the heads of listeners for days and weeks to come, Halflives brand of alt pop/rock shows more versatility on EVERYTHING SUCKS while always containing those enormous hooks Linda has become so well known for.
EVERYTHING SUCKS is also available to stream on your streaming platform of choice.
For more on how EVERYTHING SUCKS took something negative and turned it into a positive, here’s Linda to tell the story:
“It’s funny how randomly and in such a natural way I came up with “EVERYTHING SUCKS!”. It’s a song about frustration and rejection, and back when I came up with it I was feeling pretty low, looking for recognition and acceptance that wasn’t coming my way. So I was venting by text with my managers and, long story short, some of the texts I sent in that conversation became the lyrics of the first verse of “EVERYTHING SUCKS!”. From there something clicked in my head and writing this song felt so easy, honest and liberating. I told myself “whatever, just say it all, don’t hold back, say whatever you’ve got to say”. And now you’ve got it. Unfiltered, angry, frustrated Linda, bare and raw. Not pretending that everything’s fine anymore.
Musically speaking, especially the vocal line in the verses, it’s a little different from anything I’ve released in the past, but you know I didn’t fight the way the song was “writing itself”, I just let it flow and I’m happy with the way it turned out. I’ve never experimented spoken/yelling vocal lines before and I think it really fits the annoyed/angry mood of the song.
I also had fun creating my character and costume for the music video as I wanted to be this character who’s been driven crazy by her life and the people in it. The lyrics that inspired it all were “you made a monster out of me”, and from there I also designed (and made) the red “monster” jacket I’m wearing in the music video.”
EVERYTHING SUCKS comes after the runaway success of Halflives last single, everybody knows it. It has achieved huge radio airplay, including on BBC Radio 1 and extensive support from Kerrang Radio’s Alex Baker plus many, many other stations in the UK and airplay all over Germany and across Europe. The video for everybody knows it is available on this link.
More news is dropping from Halflives very soon – so stay tuned….