Today’s track of the day comes from our favourite trans-Atlantic pop punkers As It Is. The quintet’s latest single Hey Rachel is taken from their recently released and critically acclaimed second album Okay.
Vocalist Patty Walters opens up about the very personal track; “Hey Rachel was an especially cathartic song to write, re-opening old wounds after nearly ten years. Writing the song demanded being painfully honest with both myself and my sister, neither of which I was particularly comfortable doing. I had to re-live past feelings of fear, sorrow, anger, pain, and, most of all, regret. The song is an apology I’m relieved and proud to have finally said.”
Patty’s sister Rachel adds; “My brother sent me Hey Rachel without me having any knowledge that they were writing it. I first listened to it at 10am and I immediately started sobbing, because it brought back so many emotions and memories from a time in my past that was very difficult for me. My brother also asked for my permission to put it on the album, and my initial reaction was actually ‘no’; it’s a scary and intimidating feeling to put a private story out into the public for everyone to hear and judge, but the feedback and the support everyone has given the song has made it a little easier to handle. And just so everyone knows, I forgave him years ago.”
Check out the track below;