Co-produced with Elyar, Denis continues to impress with his storytelling, with the lyrics exploring “the night-induced overthinking that comes after a lost relationship – that strange balance of wanting to leave the past behind but finding a hollow comfort in reminiscing about what could have been.”
Denis explains: “I wanted to capture the self-sabotage of this romanticising in all its beautiful ugliness, the way it preys on anxieties and discolors happiness. I tried to convey how all-encompassing these thoughts could be, making each line of the chorus bleed into the next like thoughts cascading through the mind as the lyrics becoming increasingly extreme and panicked. But I also needed to illustrate the pleasure and solace found in the pain, and few genres have captured that dichotomy more poignantly than punk rock. As a result, I drew heavily on a variety of punk influences and knew when I was producing the track with my co-producer Elyar, a collaborative process that lasted several months. Looking back, I think this song – to me – might be more about the pre-pandemic era than any individual person. Truth is, we’ve all lost someone or something. The only question left is how do we choose to move forward?”
The rising star will also be out on the road later this year, supporting HRVY on his UK tour in October, and he recently announced a joint headline tour with Here At Last and The 202, with a string of dates across the UK in November. The tour kicks off at London’s O2 Academy Islington on November 5th.
Denis’ pop career has seen impressive milestones, where he boasts supporting credits for the tours and shows of artists including The Vamps, New Hope Club, Why Don’t We, and most recently, HRVY’s Global Live Stream at The Royal Albert Hall. .
“When I talked to people, they’d say, ‘Oh just say you’re there for him’, but I didn’t really know what that meant practically,” he recalls. “So I wanted to learn more about mental health and how I could help people going through that.” As his music career began to take off, he got in touch with the charity The Power Of Muzik and became an ambassador for them, helping to raise awareness of mental health issues among his generation. Talking to and performing for schools in the name of awareness is something he continues to do today.