Indie / Alternative band HOAX have released 'Drew', the tenth and final single off the band’s narrative-driven debut concept album, 'b?', a 17-track project detailing the inner workings of being vs. doing.
HOAX takes the idea of empathy pop further with the importance of kindness and gratitude through the track.
Michael Raj shares his thoughts in his own words,
"The longer I permeate through existence, the more I am sure that humans undoubtedly have this desire to be considered different, but then also bear this curse to feel accepted. To belong. At any given time, you might feel one or the other, or neither at all. And in many extreme cases, you might not feel either for a very long time. If I could try to get this point across using someone else’s work, I would call the movie Everything Everywhere, All At Once. There are two types of people: there are Evelyns, and there are Waymonds. The Waymonds of the world are the comforters. They are hurt and broken too, but their factory setting is to use kindness and love as their M.O. Even though Evelyns will never deserve the Waymonds, Waymonds are still here for us – because that's just who they are. Life is random and chaotic, and time is cruel and unforgiving. And it will always be easier to be cynical and sad than it will be to be optimistic and at peace. I hope to find the strength to change the way I see the world. I am overfilled with gratitude for all the Waymonds and Drews who have made this march through entropy, meaningful and a little more kind. And if you already are a Waymond or a Drew, remember: you might not be an angel, but you might as well be."
HOAX’s debut album is a concept album that follows the narratives of characters that are thrown together in the aftermath of tragedy. Each song is written from the point of view of a character who explores the abstract concepts of the essence of “BEING”. The dichotomy of BEING vs. DOING is highlighted through careful lyricism on the album.
HOAX is an indie pop-rock band based in Houston, Texas. It is the musical brainchild of Michael Raj and Frantz Cesar, who create the sonics and concepts behind their self-described style of “empathy pop” music. Their modern vintage musical sound draws from a wide range of influences like 60’s pop, 70’s Motown, and alternative R&B. They like to see themselves as “the beautiful sound of sadness”, a description coined by a close friend. Their music thematically focuses on the human condition, explorations of social constructs, and the decisions people make, all tucked underneath pop melodies.
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