Speaking with Paste, the band’s Kate Meizner explained:
In professional wrestling, a heel turn is when the protagonist in a wrestling match succumbs to evil impulses and transforms into the heel, aka the villain.
“Heel Turn” is entrance music for a wrestler’s dark era—for when they snap and commit a heinous act like hitting an old friend with a steel chair, or throwing sand in their opponent’s eyes when the referee’s back is turned. Tonally, the song stands in contrast with some of the more sugary, fuzzy pop songs on the EP, and I was heavily influenced by Failure’s dissonant, spacey leads on “Magnified” and “Fantastic Planet.”
I approached lyric writing in the wake of a tough interpersonal situation where I felt I exhibited some heel-like behavior. Guilt would creep up on me, but I wasn’t in a great head space to rationalize that I just did what was best for me, even if it meant hurting somebody I cared for deeply. The lyrics are simultaneously an act of cathartic admission, an apology, and an exercise in self-forgiveness.
If wrestling’s most reviled heels can get a redemption arc, so can most of us.
Jobber’s Hell in a Cell EP arrives on October 21 via Exploding in Sound.