Dublin based indie-punkers TV People release their latest single, ‘String’, a dark and brooding piece tackling self-destructive behaviour in the modern day.
The track opens with a mesmeric bassline, before being followed up by a light guitar riff that manages to be equal parts breezy and haunting. Boasting an oddly haunting quality, the tracks distorted and dark melody accompanies the lyrical themes that perpetuate the track. This is most notable within the line, “As I become my own regret” which showcases the overall themes of mental health and self-destructive cycles.
Speaking of the track, frontman Paul Donohoe said: “String’ is about my past experiences with addiction and using self destructive behaviour as a coping mechanism for life’s problems.
“In the culture we have surrounding drinking and sessioning, the line between having a good time and seriously damaging your mental health isn’t always clear. Self-destructive behaviour is normalised and even encouraged. I’ve seen a lot of people around me going through it. It’s hard to escape from even when you’re aware that it’s a problem because it’s so hidden and ingrained in the way that we socialise.
“The song is about the feelings of hopelessness, regret and frustration that I’ve felt in the past when I’ve been stuck in that situation and the damage that they do to your mind over time.”
‘String’s’ release comes after the release of single, ‘Nothing More’, which received praise from outlets such as Huw Stephens on Radio 1 and Steve Lamacq of BBC 6 Music.
The track is available to stream here.