Words: Ellie Ward
Following September's offering of 'Nothing More', Dublin indie-punks TV People return to work with producer Dan Doherty at Darklands Audio (Fontaines D.C., Vulpynes) for their brooding new cut ‘String’.
Since we first heard them with 'Kitchen Sinking' back in January, this has been a band who have shone during the otherwise gloomy year. And while 'String' may have a downcast subject matter in its reflecting on addictions and self-destructive behaviours, the attention to detail and sharp craftsmanship stands out in the punk-tinged simmer of its precise drum beats and atmospheric guitars that build the song around the driving baritone of Paul Donohoe.
“'String' is about my past experiences with addiction and using self-destructive behaviour as a coping mechanism for life's problems," reveals frontman Donohoe. "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.”
Tune in via Robert Clarke's accompanying visuals below.