Photo Credit: Jerry Maestas (@jerrymaestas)
By Alissa Arunarsirakul // April 7, 2021
Equal parts nostalgic and edgy, Wallice’s growing discography makes us wish we were in an underground rock band with her. The 23-year-old Californian only has a few singles under her belt, but trust us when we say each one packs a hefty punch. Ahead of her forthcoming EP, Wallice teases us with her fiery new single, “Hey Michael.”
On “Hey Michael,” Wallice shared,
“‘Hey Michael’ is a revenge anthem for anyone who has encountered a gaslighting, manipulative person. It’s what I wish I would have said to all the ‘Michael’s’ I have met in my life. It can be substituted by many names; we all know or have met a ‘Michael’ though. Somehow the world revolves around them and they just can’t catch a break, because they never do anything wrong and it’s usually your fault. You should have listened to your gut instinct and swiped left on this Michael.”
Revolving around gaslighting in relationships, “Hey Michael” has Wallice calling out manipulators on all of our behalf. Featuring marinelli’s gliding vocals, “Hey Michael” is layered with anthemic choruses and jaunty percussion. To top it off, the accompanying visual follows Wallice as she sifts through various ‘Michaels’ at a never ending house party.
“This isn’t a man-hating song, it’s just something many people can relate to. Sometimes it’s embarrassing to admit just how bad a friend, date, or romantic partner was and a lot of the time, I would just smile and laugh off stupid remarks but when I think back, I wish I had told them off. But at the same time, my persona in the song is not the best person either. I literally say, ‘I think I want to start a fight, which one is your girlfriend?’ The whole song is funny because I am so focused on how shitty Michael is that I don’t even think about how shitty I might be as well.”