Born out of untamed anger and frustration at the cruel state of the world, “bb” taps into a universal mood: its downcast melodies and restless guitar lines speak to the collective sense of agitation and boredom we’ve all experienced over the past two years. 

Weaving together an angsty mesh of gossamer vocals, driving ‘90s guitars and a steady drum beat, the track was first penned in September 2020 when vocalist Ali Genevich found herself increasingly restless in the face of the seemingly never-ending pandemic. 

Feeling disheartened by the “depressive daily routine” of being stuck inside with no social interaction — and even less inspiration to write songs — Genevich locked herself in her bedroom with a guitar when “bb” took its first breath and stirred to live. 

Speaking of the inspiration behind the track’s moody sound, Genevich says: 

“In the winter of 2020, every day really started to feel the same for me. The pandemic seemed to be getting just as bad as when it began back in Spring and like everyone else all I had been thinking about was the possibility of life feeling normal again. For a while, I was just thankful that most of my friends and family were in good health and that we were able to keep ourselves afloat in such a crazy time, but of course, that’s not all I was feeling. Both Jake and I felt like the past year had been so wasted.”

After sharing with collaborator Jake Brooks (vocals/guitar/synths) the duo instantaneously decided to record a demo of the track at home, before getting friend and collaborator Scoops Dardaris on board for production duties at Philadelphia’s Headroom Studios. 

With shoegaze-inspired rhythms and wallow-in-your-bedroom-worthy hooks, “bb” is as self-aware as it is sulky: touching on the inevitable guilt that comes with feeling forlorn whilst knowing that, somewhere, somebody else has it worse. 

“The lyrics describe the racing thoughts you have while drinking alone, thoughts about how the world is unfair and there’s nothing you can do about it. You might try to pull yourself out of a dark place only to wake up to one even darker. It sounds sad, but it’s not. It’s just reality, and sometimes it’s ok to be angry with the way things are.”