Holly Humberstone Unveils Video for New Song ‘Friendly Fire’

    Holly Humberstone has released her second EP, The Walls Are Way Too Thin, out today via Polydor/Darkroom/Interscope. In addition to the previously released singles ‘Scarlett’, ‘ Haunted House’, the 1975 collaboration ‘Please Don’t Leave Just Yet’, and the title track, the EP also includes the new tracks ‘Thursday’ and ‘Friendly Fire’. The latter comes with a music video directed by Louis Browne. Check it out and stream the full EP below.

    “This EP represents a feeling of being lost,” Humberstone explained in a statement. “It’s the kind of lost that makes you question who you are and where you belong. So lost that someone might need to find you again because you can’t find yourself. That’s how it felt to move to Liverpool, then London, and be in transit between cities and never settling.”

    Expanding on ‘Friendly Fire’ and its accompanying visual, Humberstone said:

    I wrote this song on a very confusing holiday in autumn of last year. Prior to leaving I was going through a lot of big changes in my life (most of which unplanned and unwanted) and it all came to a head with a family loss. The holiday was meant to be some time to heal but it became an agonising period of overthinking about the relationship I was in. Everything I was going through had put a lot of strain on my relationship, I didn’t feel like myself for a long time and never really expressed this to him, but deep down it was eating me up. I was very stressed because I knew the relationship was good and just couldn’t understand what was wrong with me or why I was having these weird confusing feelings. I felt I needed to get it off my chest and this song was my way of saying “if I do hurt you in the future then I never meant to and I’m sorry.”

    The video for Friendly Fire came together literally 4 hours before it was shot! It was closing in on Halloween and we were wide eyed looking at all the streets dressed up. A lot had been going on that day and I wasn’t really ready to shoot a video but we were staying in Brooklyn, New York and found out we could get on the rooftop of our building, so we had to shoot something. We called our friend who is a great director and photographer, went down the shop to buy as much Halloween props as we could find for $500, took it up the roof, plugged it in and I performed the song amongst the madness. It was hilarious, people in the building kept coming up getting freaked out and running back downstairs.

    The Walls Are Way to Thin follows Humberstone’s 2020 EP Falling Asleep At The Wheel. Revisit out Artist Spotlight Q&A with Holly Humberstone.

    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis is a writer, journalist, and music editor at Our Culture. His work has also appeared in Pitchfork, GIGsoup, and other publications. He currently lives in Athens, Greece.

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