The track touches on knowing that certain bad habits will make you unhappy, sad or angry but not wanting to give them up.
DE’WAYNE exclusively told Alternative Press about his excitement for the track. “American Teeth and phem already had such a great record,” he says. “And when they hit me for it, I just wanted to take it all the way home for them.”
Elijah Noll of American Teeth also shares, “The song is a celebration of accepting my bad habits and owning myself fully. We’re all a little ‘SICK’ and that’s okay. This was my first collaboration with phem and DE’WAYNE — I’m a fan of both artists, so it was a lot of fun to work on this one together, along with [producer] Colin [Brittain].”
American Teeth teased fans with a snippet of the song on social media last week. Both DE’WAYNE and phem commented on the post, with phem saying it’s “the best song that’s evr been created” and DE’WAYNE saying, “’bout to go crazy.”
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This collaboration follows big releases from all three singers this year. After releasing a handful of singles, including “Still Not Dead” featuring DREAMERS and Wes Period, American Teeth joined forces with Onlychild on “Sloppy.”
At the end of March, phem shared her how u stop hating urself (pt 1.5) EP. The title is a callback to her 2020 EP, how u stop hating urself (pt 1) and features the same songs along with two new additions. “american beauty” and “congratulations” joined the tracklist, which includes features from iann dior on “honest” and MASN on a remix of “stfu.”
DE’WAYNE released his debut full-length, STAINS, in June via Hopeless Records. The 11-track project, which includes the single “Perfume” featuring Awsten Knight, is an authentic glimpse into the singer’s existence.
In an exclusive interview with Alternative Press, DE’WAYNE discussed his thought process behind crafting the album.
“I just wanted to tell my story over these songs,” he says. “I really was like, ‘OK, this is my debut album.’ Not to be like, ‘I want to be different,’ but I wanted to make a project that was innovative and forward-thinking and not just of the time—something that I can listen to in a few years or five years and still be proud of it, because I know what’s hot right now and what’s good right now, but I want it to be also important in a few years. So I just want to take every story that I had 25 years leading up to making one album.”