Hi. I’ve wanted to write something a little personal for a while, but the time never felt quite right until now. I’ve always struggled with self acceptance and my mental health, particularly through my teens, in the way of accepting body and my mind, but also as a young adult too. I suppose it wouldn’t come as a surprise, It’s atrocious that it has become so common to hear that somebody suffers with mental health issues, but it’s an alarming truth. Last year I went through a terrible bout of anxiety & depression, like nothing I’ve ever experienced before, it was mind numbing and exhausting & a feeling I’d never wish anyone else would have to feel. I was at a point where I genuinely thought I was losing my mind, and at times I just wanted somebody to push the off button. Dead Naked Hippies as a creative outlet and group of my closest friends gave me strength to get through what I was experiencing and at least start to feel like myself again. The songs we were writing were therapy, and were encouraging positive self talk. We’re releasing tracks that were written at the time over the next few months & I feel a great sense of pride in being able to share snapshots of my life & myself in order to help others. Being human can be damn difficult at times & I want to tell people that they are 100% not alone. It’s easy to feel isolated in your own mind when you’re feeling low, but the best thing you can do is talk talk talk, cause we’re in this shit together. Dead Naked Hippies is for everybody, no matter what you’re going through, no judgements, if you’re going through a shitty time, remember that dark feelings, whilst being horrible and unwelcome, are sometimes just as important as feeling content or happy, & there is much to learn from them. Don’t fear them, try your hardest to observe them from a distance and accept that it is human to feel. Nothing or nobody’s life is perfect and that’s what’s so great about being alive, you all got this, you are fuckin awesome. I don’t want this to be a big rant or weird pep talk so I’m going to cut it here. I hope that each person that listens to us finds something special & relatable in what they’re hearing. I feel it’s my purpose to help.
This pic was taken by the friendliest photo man Andy Benge at our home, Temple Of Boom, Leeds