"We’re all a bit fucked, but we’re all a bit fucked together."
NOAHFINNCE's long-awaited debut EP 'Stuff From My Brain' has just been released via Hopeless Records.
A short sharp hit of raucous pop-punk energy and fiercely open lyricism, the release serves as the first opportunity for Noah to really express what exactly is going through his head on the daily, and the result is an absolute treat. As funny and frantic as it is frank, it's the first step from an artist heading toward something truly wondrous.
To get to the full story of the record, we sat down with Noah is dissect it track by track...
LIFE'S A BIT
"This is the first track on the EP because it sums up everything that encompasses ‘Stuff From My Brain. It was me putting every single thought that I had had over the last year into one song. The first line, ‘Let me tell you another way to tell you that I’m upset, moral of the story life’s a bit batshit’, really sums it up. My life has been pretty mad over the past couple of years. It’s been overwhelming, and I’ve been scared of doing anything that involved releasing music. But this song just became that mishmash of everything I was talking about, worried about or confused about, that somehow ended up turning into this. It feels like my brain is full of bees a lot of the time, and the song feels like that when I listen back."
"This song was another case of me trying to figure out how I was actually feeling. It’s about doubting whether or not my feelings were reciprocated, even though everything always pointed to the fact that they returned them. It feels more like a self-doubt song than anything else. I grew up thinking that I would never find a partner who liked me, so those years of doubt were very hard to shake when I did. One of the lines is, ‘I doubt myself, just for the hit’. I’m very stupid for having these doubts that are so unfounded, and I need to write a song about them to get them out. My thoughts are often very jumbled, and I recently got diagnosed with ADHD, which explains that, but writing songs like these helped me understand how I felt and make it easy for anybody else who asks to understand it."
"I don’t feel like this song is strictly about me. It’s more of a sarcastic little song about how the media and general society will pity marginalised groups until those groups then fight back. Society will say, ‘Oh poor them, it sucks they have had that shitty experience’ and then suddenly, when you fight back or ask for what you deserve, the pity is gone, and the reaction is more, ‘You’re a nuisance’. I felt like that in terms of me being trans. People felt that pity within me, feeling so horrible about myself and unable to be a person. But then when I talk about it personally or talk about what is happening in the world in terms of trans right is not up to where it should be, that’s when those who are pitying get upset. It’s not admitting to the fact that they could be doing more. These groups don’t need your pity. They need you to listen."
MIND BLANK NO THOUGHTS
"I originally started writing this song about how when you’re depressed, you switch off. It then turned into being so overwhelmed by all of the shit going in the world that you then shut off and disengage. It’s a coping mechanism in a lot of ways. There were so many things going on in my life that I would be unable to focus on anything at once. So to get through the day and survive was to withdraw from the world and everything around me. That was my personal experience growing up and being in environments where I couldn’t possibly be myself. But the more I was writing it, the more I realised it applies to wider society too. It became more of a hit piece on people who are complacent in the face of injustice that they are doing themselves and everyone else a disservice by doing absolutely nothing. People will see how much shit is going on in the world, and they will do absolutely nothing because it’s too overwhelming for them. If others are doing this, then this cycle will continue."
"I feel like I find it very difficult not to be very honest and to not just blurt out any thought I have at any time. So writing songs like this makes sense to me. It’s about frustration and being completely lost in my head. I wrote it during lockdown, which at that point, I didn’t want to write a lockdown song. So instead, I wrote about how I was feeling internally. I was locked in my house and locked in my bedroom, but I was also locked inside my head. I feel like that is a very honest and open feeling that many people have, and putting it down on paper served as being therapeutic. It’s still a very personal feeling when you’re fed up with yourself, but everybody goes through the same thing.
"The thing about a lot of these songs is that I didn’t consciously say, ‘I’m going to write about these dark things’. It was me simply needing to do something about how I was feeling. There’s nothing I can do in the real world to stop me from feeling like this, but I can think over those thoughts and put them down on paper. Then I can listen back and know that making them is helping me through it."
"This song is a celebration of not fitting in. By not fitting in, that is how you find your community. In my case, I have felt like an outsider for my entire life for several different reasons. Those are why I found my friends, found my community, and even have an audience. I needed to write a song embracing that. The whole EP has been ‘Fuck this’ and, ‘Fuck that, and at the end of the day, you need to think, ‘Fuck all that, at least we have each other’. I needed to embrace that. I’m weird, and the people around me are weird, and I think that’s really fucking cool. We’re all a bit fucked, but we’re all a bit fucked together."