Drive talks about the underlying issues of mental health in the music industry.
Drive is the latest release from Newcastle’s indie pop quartet Deep.Sleep. The single is about a relationship “built on problems that the both of us liked to ignore. The song itself was about my overwhelming desire to make things work and how I’d try anything once if it meant that I could spend another week or two pretending everything was fine. It’s quite sad really.”
“The song is a retrospective look at that relationship and how at the time, although it felt like the world was ending – the matter of the fact was the world has gone to shit a bit. With artists dying from the overuse of drugs and fans looking to almost pin the blame on circumstances relating to their career, the problem is that the problem itself starts at home and if you don’t do something about it, it’s going to take over your life. This song was the most important thing to me in terms of realising that it’s okay to not be okay and that things do get better, but change begins with those around you, just as much as it does yourself, so I suppose it’s my push to make my own statement.”
“It’s a real social commentary on how we see the world at the moment and how everything we consume, in order to create as artists ourselves, is ultimately at risk of going under due to social pressure and the expectations that society can have on an individual, never mind a massive rockstar like Mac Miller or Lil Peep.”
“You can’t say ‘don’t do drugs’ anymore because that makes it rock and roll to do so, instead, I think it’s about raising awareness of the consequences of substituting serotonin with something that gives off the same effect, but on a short term basis. That’s what it really boils down to. It’s about the fact that when it comes to mental health, it’s never too late until it’s too late to get help. We think it’s important, so we wrote a pop song about it.”