HOAX - Drew


August 08, 2022

Many of you (very many) send us DMs to find out if we have any recommendations for you, and ask us what we think is the best indie track of summer 2022. We usually have the answer to this question around mid-June, but this year, despite hundreds of hours of listening and searching, nothing came of it.

Good news! We finally found it! It's HOAX's new single "Drew". HOAX is the slightly crazy but exceptionally inspiring project of Michael Raj and Frantz Cesar, from Queens, NYC. If you were around before IMC was even called IMC, you've already crossed paths with these guys on our pages in 2018 with the single "Grow", and we remember writing about this single "Remember the name of this band, because it could surprise you and panic the counters on Spotify." Without suspecting that 4 years later, "Grow" would have 2,345,807 streams!

Today, "Drew" is their 2nd feature on IMC. And what a feature! It's the final single from a really original 17-track concept album detailing the inner workings of being vs. doing. What a great adventure and what a perfect track to conclude it! This song is so good that it too could see several million streams in a few years. We found only one flaw: the duration. It's so powerful that we would have liked it to last longer. But it is always possible to listen to it on repeat.

Vocals, melody, huge production, everything is perfectly mastered and meticulous, it's a real work of craftsmanship that deserves a score of 11/10.

The song is so catchy as hell right from the intro that we're ready to play a game with you: The object of the game is to hold out for as long as possible without moving. How long will you hold out without shaking your head? We lasted 7 seconds. Record to beat.

Now, all you have to do is put this track in the car, open the window, arm outside, and savor the few weeks of scorching summer that remain. If you are in the southern hemisphere, then this will motivate you to get out of the winter and give you all the energy you needed.

You can sing along with the lyric video and the lyrics below.

Picture by Alejandro Pena.

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Lyric video

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Lyrics

Is it the voices in your head
Keeping you in bed
Run me off the road again
You’re leaving me for dead
With every word you keep unsaid
I throw my cards on the table
I mean what did you expect
I said I was able

But it’s no easier to be alone
I want you here, I needed you to (know)
No it don’t go the way that we planned it
But who the hell cares? Why does it matter?
The way we appear is not up to
All of the fears that they share
It all becomes clear that
Through all uncertainty
I’d rather be

Is it the choices that you’ve left
Dripping in regret
Check the mirror's reflection
But don’t recognize yourself
With every version you present
It’s so far off away from
Your original intent
But still you were able

But it’s no easier to be alone
I want you here, I needed you to (know)
No it don’t go the way that we planned it
But who the hell cares? Why does it matter?
The way we appear is not up to
All of the fears that they share
It all becomes clear that
Through all uncertainty
I’d rather be

Look me in the eyes
And tell me this ain’t paradise
When you hold me at your side
I feel like there are no lies

But it’s no easier to be alone
I want you here, I needed you to (know)
No it don’t go the way that we planned it
But who the hell cares? Why does it matter?
The way we appear is not up to
All of the fears that they share
It all becomes clear that
Through all uncertainty
I’d rather be

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Written with love by Niko. You can find more songs like "Drew" on our "Indie Music" playlist on Spotify. Check it out below and give it a follow to discover more indie music!

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