Topical, infectious, and heartwarmingly Australian without being overdone or cringily ocker, Grim Richard‘s new single “Going Out” is a damn good song. With its genuine and conversational lyrics, “Going Out” captures a real world experience – one that’ll be relatable to many – and does so while sounding incredible.
“Going Out” is political, while still staying real. Adam Richardson, the creative mind behind Grim Richard, wanted to speak out about life on Newstart in the ‘Scott Morrison age’ and trying to stay sane. He says “I wrote this song about being poor, angry and hopeless. Being in a bad financial position for the past two years has lead to countless days of depression and anxiety brought on by feeling unable to leave the house or do anything meaningful. I wanted this song to feel intense and chaotic in the verses, but hopeful and anthemic in the chorus.”
And that’s precisely how it sounds, forming a really moreish piece of music! The fierce and driven vocals and steady pace pull the listener to attention through the verses, setting a vibe of pressure and harassment. Instrumental rises and falls cradle the experience of “giving all your money to a wealthy boomer”, and the song’s quick pivots reflect well how “someone keeps moving the finish line”.
In a deflating and frustrating existence, “Going Out” frenetically captures the agitation and uncertainty, and does so in an impressive way. The arrival of (as well as the preceding climb toward) stunning choruses is both unexpected and welcome, quickly evolving “Going Out” into an anthem for those in the same position. There’s theatrical polish to the song with its harmonies and heart-stirring instrumentation. And we can’t ignore the glorious searing guitar that paints beautifully all over the second half of the track.
But enough from me, the song really needs to be heard and savoured. Over to you for that part. As of 22nd May, “Going Out” now has a very COVID-19-relevant music video, given it was recorded in lockdown, with no going out to be seen. Check it out!