The song is a clever contrast - a narrative on self-care hidden beneath an angry grime exterior. Joe’s lyrics challenge the stigma around male mental health and normalise seeking help. He wants people to connect with the song and maybe even use some of the stuff that helped him when they’re feeling shit:
“Ultimately all I try to do when I make music is to connect with people, get on the same wavelength and find my people. I talk about mental health and addiction so frankly in my music because I hope that people can relate and feel a bit more ease in their own bullshit.”
Joe’s found that chatting with people really helps and he wants to encourage anyone who hears his music to do the same. He’s trying to encourage more conversations about the difficult things, by being honest about them in his work:
“Everybody talks about mental health, but what does it actually mean? In simple terms, check in with yourself daily, speak with your friends and be honest about how you feel before it snowballs.”
Joe’s trying to be more proactive in looking after himself:
“If you don’t call a mechanic when you have a problem with your car, eventually there’s going to be a total breakdown. It’s better to do something for your mental wellbeing early doors and keep things under control. I’m a very lazy person by nature and even though my natural state is to be swamped in electrical devices and sit in my hole, I know the benefits of keeping active and of not getting stuck in a rut.”
We’ve all found things that help us through the difficult times - for Joe, writing and humour are positive distractions when things are hard:
“I don’t know if it’s just my family, but when we’ve gone through the most harrowing of things, we’ve always relied on humour to get through. If you’re able to laugh in the face of absolute carnage and chaos it can help. It can’t be denied that having people in a big room just laughing at nonsense together is healing.