LA artist Wallice‘s songs aren’t ones to waste your time. She writes high-energy, free-wheeling indie rock songs that rocket blast into massive choruses, and new single 23 is no exception. Written out of a well of cooped-up anxiety and stagnation frustration, 23 deals with those feelings by packing them into a firework and lighting the fuse. She’s taken sitting around waiting for a future that never seems to come, wrapped it up in burnt-out guitars and come up with a song that’s straight-to-the-point, irrepressibly fun. Check it, and a Q’n’A with Wallice, out below.
23 is a song that’s about worrying and daydreaming about your future. I guess coming up to your birthday makes you think about how much of a weird, on-pause year this has been? Was that what was floating around in your head when you wrote the song?
I don’t think while writing the song I was necessarily thinking about Covid. Honestly, I’ve tried to purposefully stay away from writing Covid-era songs because I hope when we come out of this, the song will still be listenable and not remind anyone of this strange and sad time. But at the same time, I wrote this song because the goals I had set to move out definitely got put on hold. So I guess it would be yes and no.
When I’m writing, I try to think about if I like what I wrote – not as much about if something is catchy enough to be a chorus. I usually come up with a line with melody at the same time, and write it down in my notes app or voice memo. Later I’ll add a chord progression and loop that progression to write on top of. The main chorus – “I just can’t wait to be all grown up and 23” – was the original melody I thought of for those lyrics, and I’m so happy that it ended up being catchy. The most important thing to me in music is good songwriting – and by that I mean good lyrics that either tell a story or express an emotion, rather than just words used to finish a song.
I absolutely love making ceramics! I grew up with my mom making and selling her ceramics. We even had a kiln in our garage. I took a summer class when I was 10, but I didn’t touch clay again until January 2020, right before the pandemic. That’s when I really started getting back into it and for a while, I’d spend like 6 hours a day, 5 days a week making things. And I’m so happy to have found it again because it’s a great outlet for all this newfound free time. I also love ceramics because I’ve never been that great at painting or drawing, but I feel like with ceramics I’m able to create what I was envisioning in my head.
Finally, what more can we expect from you in the near future?
I have another single coming out and then an EP that I’m hoping to finish up soon. My next single is really fun and rowdy – it’s along the same lines as 23 music-wise but lyrically very different. I think (and hope) you’ll like it!
Don’t miss the beautiful acoustic version of 23 which Wallice recorded for our Instagram.
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