Mental Illness, it’s real, it happens and it’s totally okay! We recently came across Penny Bored, a pop-punk solo project that is pushing the message that you’re never alone. We all know how therapeutic music can be so today we really wanted to showcase their new song “Cherry Chapstick”! I am not gonna lie when I heard the title it made me think about Katy Perry’s song (off topic) but Penny Bored is far from that in a really good way.
Cherry Chapstick is bittersweet, upbeat and fucked, all at the same time. The song follows the story of two lovers that feed off each others insecurities and wounds. Throughout the song there is a lot of questioning going around on whether or not they belong together. The lyrics make you feel the the high and the angst of being with someone that makes your heart beat a million miles per hour.
UP: Chelsea, we are so excited to have you with us. Tell us a bit about your story! When did music come into your life, what’s your background, and how long have you been creating music?
Chelsea Valentine: My name is Chelsea Valentine and I’m a singer-songwriter from Australia! I would say that music has always played a part in my life. When I was younger, I learned to play the violin, and then later in my late teens to early twenties, I learned to DJ and would DJ on the weekends at parties and nightclubs. But then I took a really big break where I didn’t have much to do with music. Until a couple of years ago when I was recovering from an accident and suffered a concussion. That’s when I discovered songwriting. Which I think is a really weird way to come to songwriting. Mostly I would start with lyrics and then work on the melody. But I found it was a nice outlet for myself and over the past 2 years have been developing my songwriting skills by writing songs, working with other artists, and taking songwriting workshops. Which led me to want to take a leap of faith and release my song called Without You in April 2022.
UP: I took a listen to your last single called Without You and compared it with your latest single “Wire”. There has been this badass shift in you, I can feel it. Can you tell us a bit about this energy shift?
Chelsea Valentine: You are right! Haha they are very different. Without You was the first song I was really proud of and knew once I had finished it, it was going to be the first release. But Wire kinda came from out of the blue. I started working with a new producer called Tristan Boston and was talking about how much I love the 80’s vibe and synth sound that you can find in a lot of 80s music. And thought why don’t we try something different for me and my sound. I think also some of this shift came a little bit from turning 30 this year and releasing my twenties.
UP: Okay so we’ve hit the shift explanation, now can you tell us a bit about your new song and what it’s all about? Is this song fictional or from personal experience? What’s the meaning behind it?
Chelsea Valentine: The song Wire to me has a bit of a double meaning to it. On the one hand and you could say surface level, the song is about a relationship that is destructive for both people and watching that destruction unfold. The other side of Wire is about watching the destruction and chaos form around us for example issues like climate change and anything that’s on the news and feeling like we have gone so far one way that it’s a bit too late to turn around and change. While this song is definitely not about the relationship and partner I am with today, I have been in past relationships where they have not been the best for me.
UP: Is Wire going to be a single release or can we expect more pieces from you – an EP or Album in the future?
Chelsea Valentine: At the moment, Wire is going to be a single release but I had so much fun working and creating it that maybe I should stay in the 80s vibe for a bit longer haha. There are a couple of other songs that I have written over the past 2 years that I would love to release as well. They both have a very different vibe and feel to them. I would love to work on an album or EP in the future.
UP: Do you have any upcoming shows or tours happening? If not, do you have anything planned for this year where music lovers can check you out live? Even some live stream shows?
Chelsea Valentine: I don’t have anything planned yet! But I am working on some things! I really want to live stream or record an acoustic version of ‘Wire’. I think it would make a nice contrast.
UP: If you could musically collaborate with any other artists this year, who would Chelsea Valentine collaborate with and why?
Chelsea Valentine: Oh, that’s a hard question because there are so many other talented artists out there. I dream of working with Dua Lipa, Billie Ellish, Maisie Peter, Tove Lo or Charli XCX. I think they all make incredible pop music and are such amazing artists. But I love collaborating with anyone because you never know what you might create.
We are always out and looking for great music and trying to find your next favorite songs. Today we are going to showcase 10 pop songs and artists we think should be on your radio.
The songs we chose are in no particular order and we aren’t going to comment or rate them (we will leave those for our short music reviews instead). We will let you be the judge of whether or not you dig em! We’ve included the artist name and spotify link to listen to their music. Cheers!
Our favorite song by valleygirl: glitterheart
Our favorite line in the song: “I walk down my block like I know where I am going, turn up my song until I feel like I’m floating.”
Dang! Jessiqa is only 18? Well, we can see Jessiqa Jones cry her way up to something mighty and great in the future. You’re probably like “cry her way up”? What you talking about sister! Well we read up on her and she likes to cry for fun! Her new song “Rehab” really spills her emotions about needing to let go of someone that hooks on to you too deeply. This new R&B track is a perfect song for those that need a break from the love drama in their lives. Her vocals are insanely good, the song is soulful and it should be a track you add to your playlist! I mean Spotify already added her to their “Pop Fresh Finds” so we think we are correct on this one.
Listen to Jessiqa’s new song below and make sure to go like her song and follow her on Spotify:
She sounds gentle, she’s indie, she’s fun but she doesn’t give a fuck. Judith has a new single called “see u” and yes, all lower case please. Her new track is a perfect excuse for some “puffs, puffs” and some kind of colorful cereal to take care of the growling munchies in your tummy. We really love the song for it’s playfulness, pastel lyrics and dreamy vocals.
You can take a listen to Judith below. Please make sure to follow and like her song if you enjoy it too!