The immensely talented singer and song-writer Drew Thomas has recently unveiled his new single, titled 'All My Friends,' which is the ultimate upbeat anthem, despite conveying the fear of falling behind in life and watching everyone around you be at a different stage in their lives. 'All My Friends' sees him take on a new dimension in his music sound, and marks the beginning of another exciting chapter.
'All My Friends' is infectiously catchy in its nature and you can't help but want to hit the replay button over and over again. The beat throughout the track never falters and will have you resonating and feeling somewhat nostalgic. The relatability and vulnerability of this track is very endearing and comforting.
Here at The Lowdown, we caught up with Drew Thomas to speak about his new single, the meaning behind the track, his plans for the remainder of the year and more. Keep reading to check out what he had to say!
You’ve recently released your new single ‘All My Friends.’ What’s it been like for you to get new music out there?
"It feels good to be releasing music again! As an independent artist, there is so much that goes on behind the scenes when it comes to releasing a song, so when you finally get music out there, it can feel really liberating and exciting, but also terrifying! I’ve been playing 'All My Friends' already at some of my live shows and the response has been amazing, so I really hope people love the studio version."
For anyone who hasn’t heard the single yet, can you sum it up in a couple of words?
"Ballsy, self assured and fun. It’s meant to be sang LOUD."
How long did the single take to come together, right from the initial writing stages?
"Over the past year or so, I’ve noticed old friends starting to settling down, post wedding pictures online or have their first kids and I just feel so totally far away from that kind of life, it almost makes me feel alien and left out.
The melody idea for the chorus sounded like a kid’s nursery rhyme when I first wrote it and the lyric: 'All my friends are having babies’ came out straight away. At first, I was like: 'No, there’s no way I can get away with saying that in a song,' but it became an annoying hook in my head that wouldn’t go away, so I knew it was a sign.
I hit the studio with my awesome producer (Nat Webb), who really helped me bring it to life. I remember listening back to the first mix and feeling like: 'WOW - this is a game changer!' I still think that now. I still really hope people relate to it and know that they don’t need to follow any random heteronormative path in life to be happy."
What is the meaning behind the single?
"It’s about not being ready to settle down, but feeling that pressure to from friends around you. The line: 'I just can’t quit, it drives you crazy’ was written after a conversation with a (bad) friend, who asked me when I was going to stop doing music and start focusing on real life. It hurt me a little at the time but also made me realise how much they didn’t get me as a person at all. Goodbye bad friend!'
What does the remainder of the year have in store for you?
"I have a bunch of other music sat patiently waiting to be released. I’ve definitely rocked up my sound and got rid of any lyrical filter that could have been holding me back from being as honest as possible. Music has such an amazing power to bring people together, heal emotional wounds and make you feel less alone. I don’t plan on slowing down any time soon."
Drew Thomas' new single 'All My Friends' is out now and is available to purchase and stream through all major music purchasing and streaming outlets.
By Rachel Dempster