LA-based Wallice has shared a new single/video for “Hey Michael,” a slick pop-anthem that tackles the perils of encountering self-absorbed, manipulative men. With the single also comes the announcement of her anticipated debut EP Off the Rails due out sometime this summer. Wallice once again reasserts herself as such as a hyper-relatable and casual penner of her generation’s experiences with toxic personalities, taking down all the various selfish “Michaels” we’ve met in life while also finding room for some self-reflection over the fact that these people have a tendency to reveal some pieces of ourselves that we aren’t exactly proud of. Between its lush synth soundscape and woozy guitar hooks, “Hey Michael” is Wallice’s bitingly sarcastic and lucidly honest songwriting at its best. The video for the song, directed by Phil Stillwell, sees Wallice acting out her takedown of Michael, played and voiced by marinelli, at your typical house party, before making good on her promise to shove him into the pool. It’s a playful song that tries to find a humorous way to relate what can be a frustrating and embarrassing experience when it comes to dealing with such people.
“Somehow the world revolves around them and they just can’t catch a break, because they never do anything wrong and it’s usually your fault. You should have listened to your gut instinct and swiped left on this Michael. This isn’t a man-hating song, it’s just something many people can relate to. Sometimes it’s embarrassing to admit just how bad a friend, date, or romantic partner was and a lot of the time, I would just smile and laugh off stupid remarks but when I think back, I wish I had told them off. But at the same time, my persona in the song is not the best person either. I literally say “I think I want to start a fight, which one is your girlfriend?” The whole song is funny because I am so focused on how shitty Michael is that I don’t even think about how shitty I might be as well.”