Scottish pop-punk band WOES have released their new single “HLB2” today. Listen to the track here. 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” follows previous singles Losing Time, Real World, and High On You, which garnered support from the likes of Alternative Press, BBC Radio 1 Rock Show, Rock Sound, Kerrang! Magazine and Radio, and Upset. All tracks are featured on the band’s forthcoming EP Self Help.
“Any song that you write is a cathartic human process of something that͛s happened to you or an expression of hurt or an expression of love, and for me any song that I write is self-help“, says DJ. With prolific producer Seb Barlow (Neck Deep, WSTR) at their disposal, they did what they do best: worked hard. “We wanted to write songs that sounded unique. We made a conscious decision to write distinctive sounding songs, we would only work on a piece of music if it made you feel something. And it’s our best work yet! As we were writing these songs our band was growing and growing, and we anticipated that we were writing songs that we were going to be playing in HUGE venues. We’ve never really had to write music with the expectation of having to play it to thousands of people before. So that changed the dynamic of how we structured songs quite significantly.”
Woes have been touring non-stop the past few months with the likes of Neck Deep, Seaway, and Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, and are showing no sign of slowing down. The four-piece is slated to perform at Download, Slam Dunk, and Galaxy Camp festivals this summer. Topping it off, the band will have a UK headline run in May and Scottish regional tour in June.
WOES is David Jess (vocals), Sean Duddy (bass/vocals), Stuart Laing (guitar), and Ryan Neish (drums).
Self Help Track Listing:
1. High On You
2. Real World
3. Losing Time
4. Over It
Upcoming Tour Dates:
w/Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
May 2 – Birmingham, UK – Flapper
May 3 – Cardiff, UK – Clwb Ifor Bach
May 4 – Dorset, UK – Teddy Rocks
May 5 – Liverpool, UK – Sound Basement
May 6 – Norwich, UK – Waterfront Studio
May 7 – Newcastle, UK – Jumpin Jacks
May 17 – Zurich, CH – Galaxy Camp
May 18 – Karlsruhe, GH – Galaxy Camp
May 19 – Koln, GE – Galaxy Camp
May 20 – Leipzig, GE – Galaxy Camp
June 10 – Donington, UK – Download Festival
June 21 – Edinburgh, UK – Opium
June 22 – Inverness, UK – Tooth & Claw
June 23 – Dundee, UK – Beat Generator
June 24 – Glasgow, UK – The Garage Attic