Wallice Offers Up Another Emotionally Purging Shredder With “Best Friend”

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Wallice is gearing up for the release of her next project, releasing a new single in the form of “Best Friend” in anticipation of the release of her MR BIG SHOT EP on Jun. 23. On top of that she is heading out on tour with The 1975 and her own headlining dates, including a stop at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles on Jul. 8.


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As the first preview of MR BIG SHOT, the lead single “Best Friend” finds Wallice ruminating with characteristically fervent melancholy on the awkwardness of running into an ex-friend. Ever one to find ways to make the painfully personal into something earnestly cathartic, the song narrates all the panicked emotion catalyzed by running into someone you used to be close with at a party. “The worst part of the falling out is that I’m scared to see you,” she cries out. “I don’t wanna say hello, but I hate that I need to.”

As Wallice’s luminous croon swells so too do the jagged edges of various riffs that cut into her words. A steady pummeling of drums edges the song toward some virulent release before vanishing, dropping out into a dreamy twinkle of tones before the whole melody explodes once more in a shrieking of guitars. Ardently caught between the realms of bedroom pop, with its penchant for confessional lyricism and cavernous sonics, and unvarnished indie-rock. Wallice offers up another emotionally purging shredder with “Best Friend.”


“A recurrent theme in my music has been friendship,” Wallice explained. “I think this song can easily relate to both friendship and the friendship within a romantic relationship. I’ve had a couple falling outs with various friends throughout my life, I think it’s just part of life and growing up. Even though that friendship might not serve you anymore it’s still so easy to reminisce on it and miss it.”

It’s almost hard to believe it’s only been two years since the Los Angeles artist began her meteoric rise — over half a dozen singles and two radiant EPs later — she’s established herself as a fiery progenitor of gritty and anthemically personal indie-rock. From 90s American Superstar to recent singles “I’ve Never Been To LA” (feat. Oscar Lang) and “Japan” (a forlorn acoustic piece that Wallice sings in both English and Japanese). Wallice sits at the intersection of not just a new generation of indie artists redefining genre boundaries but one that’s more concerned than ever with the importance of defining and exploring — on their own terms — their identity.

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MR BIG SHOT the new EP from Wallice is out on Jun. 23.

See Wallice at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles on Jul. 8. See the full list of tour dates below!

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Wallice tour
4/04 – Bangkok, TH – IMPACT Arena*
4/08 – Perth, AUS – Red Hill Auditorium*
4/10 – Adelaide, AUS – Adelaide Entertainment Centre*
4/11 – Melbourne, AUS – Rod Laver Arena*
4/12 – Melbourne, AUS – Rod Laver Arena*
4/14 – Sydney, AUS – ICC Sydney*
4/15 – Brisbane, AUS – Riverstage*
4/16 – Sydney, AUS – Qudos Bank Arena*
4/19 – Wellington, NZ – TSB Arena*
4/21 – Auckland, NZ – Spark Arena*
5/03 – Manila, PH – Mall of Asia Arena*
5/04 – Manila, PH – Mall of Asia Arena*
5/13 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court Block Party
5/31 – Glasgow, UK – The Poetry Club
6/01 – Manchester, UK – YES (The Basement)
6/02 – London, UK – Moth Club
6/19 – Toronto, ON – The Drake Underground
6/21 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
6/22 – Nashville, TN – The End
6/23 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
6/25 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair
6/27 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
6/28 – Philadelphia, PA – World Café Live
6/29 – Washington, DC – Songbyrd
7/07 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
7/08 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey
7/09 – Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
7/11 – Austin, TX – Antone’s
7/12 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada
7/14 – Denver, CO – Globe Hall
7/15 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
7/17 – Portland, OR – Polaris Hall
7/18 – Seattle, WA – Barboza
7/20 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel
* w/ The 1975

Words: Steven Ward

Listen to “Best Friend” the new single from Wallice below!

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