“Starchild” by Sweet Pill

"Starchild" by Sweet Pill is Northern Transmissions Song of the Day
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Philadelphia’s Sweet Pill have unveiled a new single, “Starchild” and announced their signing to Hopeless Records. As one of the most promising names in punk, Sweet Pill has taken their live show on the road nationally this year supporting labelmates The Wonder Years, with much more in store in the months ahead. The band’s buzz even caught the ears of Hayley Williams, who included their single “High Hopes” as one of her favorite tracks during her interview on BBC podcast “Everything Is Emo”

Speaking on the track Sweet Pill’s Zayna Youssef says:

“I believe myself to be an awkward person trying really hard to have a strong backbone. I sometimes catch myself putting others first, leaving none for myself. Ultimately, Starchild sums up what it feels like to having the burden of someone else’s responsibilities with a million eyes on you at the same time. Through out it all, i just dont wanna fuck up, ever. This lame idea of being perfect always swims in my head and I can never get over on it. All in all it leads to burning out and failing. What do I owe to the people around me that have done nothing but take what I have?”

“We spent a week in the Poconos recording in seclusion in a cabin – like middle of nowhere Blair Witch vibes. It was so secluded that I was VERY freaked out. I was so scared that I refused to go to my room to sleep that had these large windows in it and since it was pitch black out you couldn’t see a thing. So I opted to sleep on the floor at like 2am where the boys were still up tracking just so I wouldn’t be alone. I believe this track is a good transitional song from our debut, “Where the Heart Is”. It has some “dancey-ness” that our first album didn’t really have.”

2023 Tour Dates Supporting The Wonder Years:

September 27 – San Luis Obispo, CA @ Fremont Theater
September 28 – Berkeley, CA @ The UC Theatre
September 30 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
October 1 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
October 4 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
October 6 – Kansas City, MO @ The Truman
October 7 – St. Louis, MO @ Red Flag
October 8 – Chicago, IL @ The Riviera Theatre
October 9 – Nashville, TN @ Brooklyn Bowl Nashville
October 11 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
October 12 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
October 13 – Columbus, OH @ KEMBA Live!
October 14 – McKees Rocks, PA @ Roxian Theatre
October 15 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
October 17 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
October 18 – Ottawa, ON @ Algonquin Commons Theatre
October 19 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
October 21 – New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall
October 22 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

Stream the new single HERE.


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