Just Honest’s first LP No Love No Hate has just landed – and it’s, well, just honest. Abandoned by their parents at the tender age of thirteen, Just Honest faced many difficulties fending for themselves, finding solace in songwriting from the age of seventeen. Released on September 25, 2023, No Love No Hate is a narrative of growth, self-discovery, heartbreak and picking up the pieces. Just Honest’s flavor of alt pop is anthemic, evocative, and charged.
The focal track ‘I had no parents’ is a candidly confessional song. The poignant lead vocals, carried by potent, anthemic backing vocal harmonies, have the catchy appeal of pop while remaining heart-wrenchingly expressive. The beat is captivatingly moving and tender guitar and piano harmonies thicken the emotion of the song. ‘I had no parents’ is the album’s closing song, a reflective nod to the artist’s life-long struggle with self-reliance and absence of parental support.
“The album’s lead single and video mean a lot to me. I wrote ‘I had no parents’ exactly one year ago when I felt really depressed and sad. This is because I realized that ever since I was 13 — I had to work, having no one to rely on. Grinding and grinding, and never stopping can take such a huge toll on you. Sometimes all I want is just go to some house, get some hugs and some unconditional love. But this is the luxury not everyone has. It’s like a part of you is missing which is responsible for love, and life. Cause there is reason why kids are born helpless… And this reason? Well, it’s now in a song”.
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