Hot off a new label change to Dirty Hit (The 1975, Beabadoobee, Rina Sawayama, etc.), L.A. based artist Wallice drops her new single, “Wisdom Tooth,” a collaboration with close friend marinell. Wallice’s new single is a shimmering, bubbly indie pop tune that stirs the pot of a bad romance where feelings of angst and excitement intertwine; deciphering between the two becomes nearly impossible. The new single is also inspired in part by the very real experience of Wallice getting her wisdom tooth removed.
“I wrote this song in a session with my long-time collaborator and best friend marinelli the day before I got my wisdom teeth out,” notes Wallice. “The doctor had just called to say that I’d also need a bone graft to fill in the space in my jaw where the tooth used to be. It really shook me up and there was no way we could write a different song after that. Getting your wisdom teeth out is an event that many people have to go through, it’s a physical sign of growing up. In the song ‘Wisdom Tooth’, I conflate this experience to getting rid of a person in your life as a milestone of growing up too. It shows that sometimes people can grow apart and though it can be hard, it might be better to leave a relationship or friendship rather than keep on trying to make it work. It also talks about how there are little reminders in your life that can bring you back to that person mentally, even though you have moved on.”
Just a year out from her debut single, Wallice embeds herself into the vein of undeniably catchy indie rock, creating music that is both underhandedly subtle and deliberately the nose when it comes to growing up and experiencing quintessential rites of passage. From figuring out romances to learning about your inner self, Wallice captures it all with a humility that denotes a person looking for answers without asserting they have a handle yet on what’s going on — as noted with her previous singles throughout the past year. At just 23 years old, Wallice has a plethora of lanes to explore musically as she grows and refines her sound.
In addition to her new single, Wallice just performed an enthralling set at Head in The Clouds and will follow her festival set with a headlining show at the Moroccan Lounge in Los Angeles on Dec. 7 as well as several supporting shows next year, opening up for Still Woozy with dates in Pomona at the Fox on Jan. 6, in San Francisco at the Warfield Jan. 12- 14 and and at San Diego’s Observatory Jan. 17.
Words: Patti Sanchez