Jack Barakat confirms WhoHurtYou project with mental health reflection
Barakat posted a mysterious teaser yesterday, and now the guitarist is confirming speculation that he’s unveiling a new project.
He took to Instagram yesterday to tease "WhoHurtYou 6/21" along with a cryptic video.
Tagged in the photo is a social media account recently created for WhoHurtYou along with Fueled By Ramen and singer/songwriter Sweet Talker aka Kevin Fisher.
The WHY accounts are currently only following two people, Fisher and Barakat.
Now, the WhoHurtYou account posted a brief interview and montage of Barakat opening up on the new project with Fisher.
“We are WhoHurtYou,” the post reads. “A dark pop project started between @jackbarakat and @iamsweettalker with the purpose of healing from heartbreak and turning a negative experience into something positive.”
“I’ve always felt that I’ve had to portray myself a certain way online,” Barakat says in the video. “Kind of be this comic relief and someone who’s always in a positive mental state. It’s just not the truth. And it’s not real. And everyone has their ups and downs, and I’ve never really put mine out there.
“Last year was a really tough year for me. I was going through my first big breakup and handled it all the wrong ways, and I was doing the wrong things. In those moments, I had close friends of mine urge me to see a therapist and turn my life around.”
Barakat goes on to explain Fisher opened up on how songwriting became a therapeutic experience and how both musicians were going through similar things in their lives. As a result, the duo hit the studio and began work on some songs.
“At first I was super nervous to share this darker side of myself and more honest side,” Barakat explains. You can view the full video below.
While the duo don’t reveal much more than their origin story, it does appear that June 21 will mark the act’s first single. You can keep up with the band here.
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Barakat surprised fans earlier this month by making an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! with Bryce Vine. Now, it looks like the ATL guitarist may be teasing a side project of his own.
Back in April, Gaskarth and Barakat sat down with KROQ to discuss when we could expect new ATL jams, during which, Barakat revealed he was working on a little something himself.
“Alex is doing Simple Creatures, I’m working on a little somethin’, somethin’,” Barakat says in the interview.
You can view the full interview below.
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