“Trying To Be Nice” by fanclubwallet

fanclubwallet is the project of Hannah Judge, recently the multi-artist shared her new single, “Trying To Be Nice,” off her debut album, You Have Got To Be Kidding Me, out May 20th on AWAL. “”Trying To Be Nice” was written over the course of a couple years. The first half of the song includes lyrics I wrote on the Greyhound to my hometown after deciding to move back home, and the second half was written a few years later in a studio in the woods,” says Judge. “Both parts of the song were written at different times when I was feeling really unsure of myself. It’s all about wondering what people think of you and questioning what you think of yourself.”

You Have Got To Be Kidding Me is about growing pains and turbulence. It’s about deciding what you want to put up with, and what you don’t want to put up with. Tonally, a fanclubwallet song is like a Hop Along song, a Rilo Kiley song. As a songwriter, Judge has a wicked sense of humor. She writes slacker bedroom rock, the kind of songs that sound best when you need to go on an extremely long walk to blow off steam. You Have Got To Be Kidding Me is angsty and anthemic. These songs burst, explode in the sky like a backyard fireworks display.

Judge, who is now 22, started writing these songs two years ago, at the start of the pandemic. She had just broken up with her boyfriend, dropped out of university, and moved back home to live with her parents in Ottawa. Back at home, her goal was to work on comics. Along the way, she started writing songs. She got more and more serious about it, enlisting a childhood friend to help produce, Michael Watson. To finish the album, Judge received a grant that allowed the two to travel to Port William Sound, a recording studio in a remote part of Ontario. They’d spend 10 hour days recording, putting the final touches on the record in a place without distractions.

fanclubwallet 2022 Tour Dates

Fri. June 17 – Dallas, TX @ Deep Ellum Art Co ^
Sat. June 18 – Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room & Garage ^
Sun. June 19 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall – Upstairs ^
Tue. June 21 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade – Purgatory ^
Wed. June 22 – Nashville, TN @ The Basement East ^
Sat. June 24 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups ^
Sun. June 25 – Detroit, MI @ El Club ^
Mon. June 27 – Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground ^

^ with Penelope Scott & Yot Club

Pre-order You Have To Be Kidding Me by Fanclubwallet HERE