“Bored” by Tessa Violet and Misterwives is an indie-pop hit that captures everything I am feeling at the moment - boredom, and frustration at the fact I can’t pursue my ambitions while we wait out the pandemic.
The complex, catchy beat and production really give this song life. The vocals are so passionate and full of emotion that I can hear the frustration and ennui of the vocalist. Tessa Violet’s tone is addictingly smooth throughout the song. “Bored” embodies the frustration towards the monotony, self-doubt, and loneliness of life with lyrics like “I’m bored of being alone...bored of these thoughts inside my head.” That all may sound a bit depressing, but Tessa Violet and Misterwives managed to weave the message into an upbeat and dancy masterpiece.
This song was a collaboration between singer-songwriter, Tessa Violet, and the indie band Misterwives, consisting of Mandy Lee [vocals], Etienne Bowler [drums], William Hehir [bass], Marc Campbell [guitar], Jesse Blum [keys, trumpet, accordion] and Mike Murphy [Saxophone.]
Tessa Violet is an Los Angeles-based artist who grew up as an only child in a small town in Oregon. This fueled her desire to create authentic connections with people. The first platform she found to do this was Youtube as an online hub for artists. At a young age, she moved from Oregon to Nashville to shift towards a career in songwriting. Since then, she has found great success as a frontwoman on tours for AJR, COIN, and MisterWives while playing her festival debut at Lollapalooza. I actually had the joy of watching Tessa Violet open for an AJR concert last September at USC - and it was electric!
Misterwives is an indie band known for their adventurous sound, and their magnetic form of indie-pop that plays with textures and colors. The New York-raised band emerged onto the music scene in 2015 as a new voice in alternative pop music when they released their first album, Our Own House. The worldwide hit “Reflections” achieved an RIAA gold certification, amassed over 112 million Spotify streams, and led to performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Night with Seth Myers, and Good Morning America. In 2017 they released their album Connect the Dots and toured with Panic at the Disco! Vocalist, Mandy Lee said, “I will say this till the day I die but music is medicinal and I’m so fortunate to have an outlet that helps me overcome any tragedy or celebrate any triumph thrown my way.
Written by Annika Johnson, edited by Hannah Schneider