HBBRD showcases “You” from his debut EP
“You” is the sunset. The reflection on the day; on something great, and being happy despite the fact it’s gone. It’s the end of the cycle. “You” is the closing track from HBBRD’s debut EP. “I Kinda Like Wait For It You”. Written in the wake of a break up back in 2017, UK artist Charles Hibberd aka HBBRD wrote “You” while contemplating the relationship and what he could take away from it. Lyrics like “I’d like to think we’re both looking at the same star, but I can’t fall asleep with my curtains open like you” show the bittersweet feeling, longing for the person you loved but understanding exactly why it didn’t work.
HBBRD tell us “This lyric is funnily enough very literal, she did used to sleep with her curtains open, and still to this day mine have to be shut for me to sleep. This song features my favourite lyric on the EP and maybe one of the best I’ve written in “Look happy because you’re alive” which is something I’d repeatedly say to myself during my lowest points. It’s a joke based on the age old ‘just be happy’ trope given to people suffering from mental illness, that turned itself into a positive for me. I found great comfort in the fact I’m alive”. HBBRD’s music is heavily influenced by the easy listening indie pop styles of LANY, Lauv and The 1975, but also takes from the high energy of pop punk bands such as Green Day, Fall Out Boy and All Time Low, aiding it’s ability to get people up and dancing at live shows.