Dublin indie band TV People‘s brooding new single String explores frontman Paul Donohoe’s past relationship with “addiction and using self destructive behaviour as a coping mechanism for life’s problems.” However, he sees it as much more than a personal experience:
“In the culture we have surrounding drinking and sessioning, the line between having a good time and seriously damaging your mental health isn’t always clear. Self-destructive behaviour is normalised and even encouraged. I’ve seen a lot of people around me going through it. It’s hard to escape from even when you’re aware that it’s a problem because it’s so hidden and ingrained in the way that we socialise.“
“The song is about the feelings of hopelessness, regret and frustration that I’ve felt in the past when I’ve been stuck in that situation and the damage that they do to your mind over time.”
TV People have been championed by BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music, and Abbey Road Studios. String is out now.