Today Sweet Nobody are sharing “Other Humans” from their forthcoming sophomore record. Under The Radar has the premiere. Sweet Nobody’s We’re Trying Our Best is due out on September 17th, 2021 via Daydream Records. ICYMI: Check out Sweet Nobody featured in this GQ article about Sublime fandom.
Regarding the single, lead singer/songwriter Joy Deyo stated:
“Sometimes I feel like I’m on the outside looking into my own life. Always one misstep away from losing my standing as a believable human. I felt alone in that for so long: “Why can’t I just be normal? What is this space that divides me from other people? Is it even real or just perceived? Maybe other people feel trapped in their own minds too.”
I did a co-writing session with someone once and they told me that you should never ask a question in a song. I thought that was total nonsense! I started doing it on purpose just out of defiance. Music is a viable way of communicating. Why can’t I ask a question? Maybe you know the answer. Maybe it will get you thinking, sorting, figuring out something in your own life. “Other Humans” is a question and it’s a shout out to anyone who’s ever felt like they were somehow stuck on the outskirts of something resembling normal human-hood. And maybe that’s pretty normal after all.”
Recorded prior to the pandemic and initially intended for release in the summer of 2020, Sweet Nobody’s sophomore full-length, We’re Trying Our Best, found itself waylaid by the same unexpected reality as the rest of us. While there was no way of knowing what lay ahead for humanity in general when lead singer/lyricist Joy Deyo was writing the album, she was dealing with her own challenge, living with chronic pain from an illness that resisted proper diagnosis and treatment, and her experience of trying to learn to live with it informed her songwriting.
Given We’re Trying Our Best‘s thematic bent toward addressing the reality of living with challenges, the insecurity that feeling damaged can bring, the sustaining support that the love of those close to you can provide, along with the occasional weirdness one can feel just being around other people, how fitting that the album is finally being released in 2021, as we may possibly be on the verge of re-integrating into some semblance of social normalcy (for better or worse). If there’s anyone out there who couldn’t have related to any of those things a year ago, certainly most of us are on board by now, feeling unsure and unsettled, a little rudderless, trying our best to figure it out.
But We’re Trying Our Best is no ponderous goth dirge. It’s a summer album, after all (maybe a touch of fall), and the band cites Felt’s Maurice Deebank, Johnny Marr, and the Go-Betweens as sonic influences. There is frequently a similar lightness to their touch and, as with their debut album Loud Songs For Quiet People, Sweet Nobody delivers pointed and poignant lyrical insight with some of the most well crafted indie-rock/pop this side of Flying Nun. The band’s lineup consists of Joy Deyo (guitar/vox), Brian Dishon (drums/guitar/vox), Casey Snyder (guitar), and Adam Nolan (bass). Their sophomore LP was recorded between Hurley Studios and producer/engineer, Joel Jerome’s garage; the final product sounds present and alive in a way that feels particularly refreshing right now, a reminder of the connection we can have with each other through shared experience and the power of human relationships to endure. We’re Trying Our Best may have been delayed but in some ways, it has come at the right time.