Daddy Issues Premiere “High St” On TIDAL
Nashville, Tennessee band Daddy Issues run the gamut of relationships in their upcoming record, Deep Dream (out May 19) — from the biting story of childhood abuse, “I’m Not,” to the more serene “High St,” premiering today via TIDAL.
“I think this song is about being hurt at first and then getting over it and becoming friends again,” says guitarist/singer Jenna Moynihan. “Openly being like ‘fuck you’ to each other but just dealing with it in your own way. You’re both kind of sad, because it wasn’t a bad relationship. It was just an honest breakup.”
Still, there’s an element of humor to the song — and the whole record for that matter. The first lyric, for example, is: “I was going to write a song about you sucking and look at your pictures.”
TIDAL spoke with the band about that track and beyond. Check out a few highlights of our conversation below, and make sure to blast “High St” the next time you Facebook-stalk your ex.
On “I’m Not”… Yeah, that one was more of like … Not confessional, I would say. More of just like an addressing of a lot of feelings that I was having and re-trauma that I was going through and trying to deal with that initial trauma and being shut down. But I think … the album addresses a lot of things that we were experiencing just at that time in our lives. And relationships. That song “I’m Not” is more about family relationships and friendships versus a romantic relationship. — Emily Maxwell
On having a safe scene… We’ve been very fortunate that within the past year: we’ve played with a lot of people and and we’ve been playing in a community that is really against that kind of behavior [supporting abusive musicians]. So we’re lucky that we haven’t had to really share a bill in a while with an abuser or a person that we don’t believe deserves to be a figure to other people, like people or fans that come to our shows. — Jenna Moynihan
On feminism and music… We all struggled with deciding, do we want to be a feminist band? Do we want to be interviewed as feminists? Do we want to talk about it and do we want to promote it and make that our image or attach that to ourselves. — Jenna Moynihan
If you’re genuine about it and if you’re preaching a message of equality and just trying to be your true you and doing the right thing by yourself and your peers, then you can’t be a bad feminist. You can’t call somebody a bad feminist, it’s not fair. — Jenna Mitchell
(Photo credit: Kelsey Hall)
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