Wallice shares her latest track and video “Hey Michael” alongside the announcement of her forthcoming debut EP Off the Rails, expected for release in early Summer. Loaded with no-holds-barred lyricism, “Hey Michael” is a hilarious and cutting observation on the perils of modern dating and questionable friendships, emerging as both a takedown and a timely reminder of self-awareness. The track features her close friend and producer marinelli, who assumes the role of “Michael” for a verse, and stars in the accompanying music video.
Directed by Phil Stillwell, the video shows Wallice trapped at a houseparty, navigating a series of frustrating interactions with various ‘Michaels.’ In a subversion of the lyric “hey Michael, you American psycho”, a business-suit clad Wallice eventually spirals into her best comical impression of Patrick Bateman, ironically becoming worse than the ‘Michaels’ herself.
Of the song’s inspiration, Wallice explains; “Hey Michael’ is a revenge anthem for anyone who has encountered a gaslighting, manipulative person. It’s what I wish I would have said to all the ‘Michael’s’ I have met in my life. It can be substituted by many names, we all know or have met a ‘Michael’ though. Somehow the world revolves around them and they just can’t catch a break, because they never do anything wrong and it’s usually your fault. You should have listened to your gut instinct and swiped left on this Michael. This isn’t a man-hating song, it’s just something many people can relate to. Sometimes it’s embarrassing to admit just how bad a friend, date, or romantic partner was and a lot of the time, I would just smile and laugh off stupid remarks but when I think back, I wish I had told them off. But at the same time, my persona in the song is not the best person either. I literally say “I think I want to start a fight, which one is your girlfriend?” The whole song is funny because I am so focused on how shitty Michael is that I don’t even think about how shitty I might be as well.”