SONG OF THE MONTH: This Hell by Rina Sawayama (June 2022)


Imagine finding out from a poster in the street that society says you can expect eternal damnation based on who you are spending your time with.

  • Read on for reasons including everything we know about Sawayama’s new Hold The Girl album

This new single from Sawayama’s 2nd LP, Hold The Girl out 2 September 2022, starts with a guitar riff that is so route 1 that it could be straight from 1 of those gigantic 80s glam rock songs that probably featured in a Hollywood movie like Top Gun.

The lyrical premise might be cartoonish but it’s still relevent for far too many LGBT people across the world today as Sawayama observes: ‘God hates us? Buckle up, then at dawn we’re riding.’

So sings a pop star who’s not afraid to represent the community that she’s part of or to go into battle for it as well as her own sanity.

While the song is probably the catchiest we think Sawayama has ever written, it’s the lyrics that show both a playfulness and a proud embrace of a subject matter that is highly pertinent in Pride month but is also going to resonate with so many.

This Hell is better with you … ‘cos the devil’s wearing Prada and loves a little drama.’ Elsewhere Princess Diana, Whitney and Britney are namechecked as gay icons being hounded by the paparazzi.

This Hell is co-written by Sawayama with Paul Epworth, who has also written with Adele and Florence and the Machine.

Sawayama’s announced a tour to coincide with the album’s release and plays London at the 02 Brixton Academy in October.

Her debut LP SAWAYAMA won our Best Album monsta in 2020 and we saw her live this year at Electric Brixton, saying: ‘Everything’s in place for album 2 to go stratospheric.’

  • Pictures via Facebook courtesy Rina Sawayama Tickets
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