Rina Sawayama has dropped her brand new single, ‘This Hell’.
The track is the first taster of her forthcoming second album ‘Hold The Girl’, set for release on 2nd September via Dirty Hit.
Written by Rina alongside producer Paul Epworth and long-term friend and collaborator Lauren Aquilina, Rina will perform the track for the first time on Jimmy Fallon later this evening.
Speaking about the new single, Rina explains: “I had so much fun writing ‘This Hell.’ The past couple of years I’ve been listening to lots of female country singers and wanted to write a euphoric and tongue in cheek country pop song. Country music at its core to me represents comfort, brilliant storytelling and authentic expression of the writer’s reality. I’ve been dreaming of working with Paul Epworth my entire career so I knew it was meant to be when we finished this song in a day. I put in as many iconic pop culture moments as I can, but the song is more than that.”
She continues, “It’s an important song for me given the human rights that are being taken away from minorities at a rapid rate in the name of traditional religious beliefs, more specifically I was thinking about the rights being taken away from the LGBTQ community when I wrote this song. When the world tells us we don’t deserve love and protection, we have no choice but to give love and protection to each other. This Hell is better with you.”
The news comes alongside a brand new UK and Ireland tour, taking place this October and including a show at London’s O2 Academy Brixton.
The dates read:
12 Glasgow, Scotland – SWG3
13 Glasgow, Scotland – SWG3
15 Dublin, Republic of Ireland – Olympia Theatre
18 Nottingham, England – Rock City
20 Manchester, England – Manchester Academy
21 Birmingham, England – O2 Academy Birmingham
23 Brighton, East Sussex, England – Brighton Dome
26 London, England – O2 Academy Brixton