Let It Go (Revisited)
“When your home becomes a prison…”, the opening lyric to Hot Potato Band’s latest release ‘Let It Go’ and a feeling that many people around the world have felt between 2020 to 2021. The song, originally written in 2015, was about a person being lonely and trapped within a relationship, however, Hot Potato Band decided to breathe a new life into the song as it took on a whole new meaning from the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. This darker, broodier track from Hot Potato Band was written to uplift and stream energy into peoples lives.
It's Your Own Body
As a band made up of mostly men, and having witnessed first hand the way women are spoken to or about in our own industries, we thought it was time to highlight the issue of this demeaning and senseless inequality through song in a way that guides men and others in our society to more conscious thought over the matter. This song celebrates ones rights to their bodies as well as pointing out the respect we all should have for our fellow persons right to their body.
With cafe culture in Australia at an all time high and the bands intense love for coffee, there is no wonder why it inspired their new song 'Ritual'. The musical idea of band leader Simon Ghali, 'Ritual' was an effort to demonstrate the energy and power behind the band and its instruments. It was written like an electronic pop or EDM song, but for an all acoustic brass band line up. Lyrically the song is written about the need for coffee everyday. It romanticises coffee, to the point that living without it is nigh impossible...
Although a happy and upbeat tune, this song focuses on deeper issues surrounding the subject of depression and the two way street of helping and accepting help from others. This is a tough but incredibly important issue everywhere, including within our greater musical community. To anyone feeling lost, or alone, please let this song be a reminder to reach out, and to everyone and anyone who can help, please don’t be afraid to do so and check in with the people around you.
Silver in the Moon
Silver in the Moon chronicles an emotional journey that follows losing a loved one, romantic or otherwise. The song begins with a resigned sadness, peppered with equal parts nostalgia and longing. The dual brass solo is almost like a flashback, imitating the formation and sudden ending of a relationship. The song then transitions into a feeling of being overwhelmed by loss, but with each new day it becomes easier to manage. As if emerging from a long cry, the final fanfare reflects an emotional rawness but also a sense of hard-won inner peace.
Watch The Trees Grow
Watch The Trees Grow experiments with delays over a combination of reggae/rocksteady grooves and roaring brass. Lyrically, the song is a story of someone whose troubles are holding them back caused by an overwhelming amount of anxiety and depression. Stating that like an immovable object these challenges take root, and the only way to get though it is to “hold on”. Featuring the amazing voice and lyrical mind of Maite Inae, this track explores an uncharted sound for Hot Potato Band and breathes life into future artist collaborations with the band.
This is a song about our favourite green stuff... avocados!
We wanted to write a song about how much we love life and how important it is to live your life to the fullest. Now this message isn’t a new one and sometimes it can seem a little cheesy. So to keep it genuine, we chose to talk about love and life in terms that we could truly relate to. We hope the spirit of this song resonates with you and that you remember its sentiment every time you bite into a delicious avo smash!