When Hannah Judge sings "I went to bed and didn't get out for ten months," she isn't kidding. Three days after releasing breakthrough track, "Car Crash in G Major, "Judge, who makes punchy, idiosyncratic bedroom pop under the moniker fanclubwallet, suffered a Crohn's disease flare up, sending the Ottawa-based artist into hospital and ultimately leaving her bedridden in her childhood home. Yet far from letting her disability leave her inert, Judge met the moment by creating fanclubwallet's charming, delightfully DIY debut EP, Hurt is Boring.
Crafted between hospital visits by Judge and her producer/gradeschool bestie, Michael Watson, Hurt is Boring perfectly captures the innate balance of our stunted reality by tackling big feelings through the lens of emotional distance. "It's about taking the good with the bad," Judge, whose illness is now in remission, explains. "You can't really appreciate one without the other." Opening with the aforementioned "Car Crash in G Major," a jaunty, metaphorical take on the final weeks of a doomed relationship which already boasts over 1.5 million streams on Spotify, the EP includes five new, yet equally indie-darling-soundtrack ready tracks.
Throughout, Judge offers catchy, fresh takes on life's melodramatic moments, a style she winkingly describes as "writing emo shit that doesn't sound emo.’’
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