The Maggie Pills have shared ‘Hope Is A Risk’ – which is the title track from the band’s upcoming debut, out Friday 16 June, available for pre order now.
The Maggie Pills was founded by Argentinian frontwoman Delfi Sorondo and Venezuelan drummer Mario Perez, shortly after migrating to Australia and only months before the start of the pandemic. Most album tracks were written during the lockdowns, giving the album’s themes of migration, minorities and global politics a very authentic and personal perspective.
According to The Maggie Pills’ songwriter and frontwoman, Delfi Sorondo, ‘Hope is a Risk’ conveys the tense feelings of existing in a world where labels are limitations, where everything is black and white and structure prevails, but that structure is begging to be broken down.
“’Hope is a Risk’ is a cathartic release. It is an expression of nonconformity with the many labels and designations that everybody gets for being a part of something and with the supposedly “necessary” approval of others to get to where you want to be or achieve your goals. There is no room for everyone, and we are often not a part of it. Being hopeful in this world is a risk. The action of moving forward, creating things that may come out the wrong way or crush your dreams. Going all out for what you want without any safety or guarantee. We are nothing. But nobody is anything, and that’s hopeful and freeing.”Delfi Sorondo
The new single has an accompanying video, directed by Peruvian-Australian director Triana Hernandez, who has melded Latin tones of telenovelas and a touch of Australian-Mad Max imagery in the short film.
“The music video for Hope is a Risk is an ode to all the things that help us believe in the otherworldly – from Jesus, to aliens and powerful sunsets – as well as a celebration of the thrill of taking risks. As a Peruvian-Australian director working with an Argentinian-Venezuelan-Australian band, the creative collaboration was extremely powerful because we all understood the song was about believing in everything and nothing at all as a forward movement through life.”Triana Hernandez
‘Hope is a Risk’ is the title track and first sing from The Maggie Pills’ upcoming 14-track debut LP, which will be released on 16 June. The album was mastered by legendary sound engineer Joe Carra (Amyl & The Sniffers, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Courtney Barnett.)
Photo credit: Triana Hernandez