Last year we setup Hi Or Hey Records and since then we’ve been looking for a band we really believe in and whose music we love, and think you’d love ! And we’ve finally found that band!! So introducing you all to our first ever Hi Or Hey Records signing…. @Hey Violet ! Check out their videos and follow them :) Watch their latest song below!
This is going to be a long read and I am not going to put a “read more” because people need to read this.
I’m a firm believer that music and lyrics can be influential. I’m over 18 which means i’m a legal adult and I absolutely love all types of music. I believe artists use lyrics to either talk about their experiences, to vent or to most importantly, make a change.
I know most HV fans are really young and therefore are very impressionable. With that being said, I am going to dissect their lyrics for you since you probably don’t understand the message behind the songs. And I know you don’t, according to this:
This is a screenshot of an HV fan on the lyric video for their song “Make Up.” Make Up by Hey Violet is a song that glorifies abusive relationships. Let me repeat that: MAKE UP BY HEY VIOLET IS A SONG THAT GLORIFIES ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIPS. There is no if’s, and’s or but’s about it. You can not interpret the song differently.
Make up talks about how the girl (*Rena, who by the way was seventeen when she first sang this) likes to piss off her partner to the point of screaming and throwing shit in order to get herself to the edge for better and rougher make up sex. Yes, this song is also about make up sex. Here are the lyrics:
“It’s so fun finding new ways to piss you off Say we’re done pretending it’s the end of us Nights like this are better when you think that is Gonna be our final kiss, I got you where I want you
This is the part where I smash your shit. This is the part when you think of this You know it turns me on to hate you.This is the part when you play my games ‘Cos you know I love when you scream my name. Baby come on let’s wake the neighbors
All of a sudden you break up chicks for the make up, sing it Na na na na na na, for the make up sing it Na na na na na na, for the make up
Dear it looks, It looked good on your pretty face I’ve got you hooked I know you know you love the chase Nights like this are better when you think that is Gonna be our final kiss, I got you where I want you … [repeat] Nights like this are better when you think that is Gonna be our final kiss ooh Now read my lips you’re better when you think that is gonna be our final kiss, I got you where I want you ooh”
The italicized and/or bolded lyrics are the lyrics that literally say what the song is about. The lyrics that are missing are of them repeating a verse or the chorus.
These are screenshots of other HV fans in the same video trying to defend HV’s lyrics. Here’s the problem with their statements; NO WHERE IN THE SONG DOES IT SAY “DON’T END UP IN AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP” OR THAT THEY DON’T APPROVE OF SUCH RELATIONSHIPS OR EVEN MEAN IT IN AN IRONIC WAY. On the contrary, the song states that they love and want to be in those kinds of relationships. The song is even written in first perspective. [They don’t say “he, she, they, or them” they say/mean “I, you, me, us”]
These comments would make more sense if they were talking about the song “Treat You Better” by Shawn Mendes. Which also includes a domestic abuse hotline at the end of the music video.
[There is indication of emotional and mental abuse in these lyrics. They’re italicized and bolded above.]
Read this until you fully understand it:
ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIPS CAN BE MENTAL, PHYSICAL AND/OR EMOTIONAL ABUSE OR A COMBINATION OF ALL.
Mental and emotional abuse still counts as abuse. If your partner is making you feel less than, manipulating you or purposely pissing you off (to get off) etc. Then that is an abusive relationship and you should get help immediately. ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIPS ARE NOT LIMITED TO ONLY PHYSICAL ABUSE.
The first screenshot is why I am making this post. That fan (and all the others who defend HV’s actions) genuinely concern me. Hey Violet are creating fans with that type of mentality. Hey Violet are getting more and more influential with their younger fan-base. This is not something I am making up to hate on HV; it is real and it is exhibited in the comment section on that video. If your heart doesn’t break for those kids when you read those screenshots, then there’s something wrong with you and you need to reevaluate your priorities.
Make Up isn’t the only problematic song HV/CB (with Casey) have produced. There’s: “Bean Freaks” (CB) and HV’s newer songs “Guys My Age” and “Brand New Moves.” As my fellow old Cherri Bomb fan @licktheass-tonirwin has stated before; Rena likes to dive into the “Lolita” thing.
Lolita/Nymphet: a young nymph, a sexually attractive young girl, a sexually precocious girl or young woman.
The term “Lolita” comes from the book by the same name. It’s a novel about a young girl and her sexual relationship with a much older guy. Which is why young girls get called that when they are in sexual/romantic relationships with much older men. Which is basically what the song “Guys My Age” is about. With lyrics like “Guys my age don’t know how to touch me. Guys my age don’t know how to please me. Guys my age don’t know how to love me good.” These lyrics only lead me to believe it’s a song about wanting an older man because, apparently they’ll know how to touch, please and love this (recently turned) eighteen year old girl.
Bean Freaks was written by their mother, Ana and the drummer from Lostprophets. It’s a big (bad) metaphor about sex. (Keep in mind Rena was about 15/16 when she was performing this song.)
The song “Brand New Moves” is also a song about sex and it also glorifies bad relationships. With lyrics like "you can have me any way you like, yeah.“ "Treat me wrongly baby, it feels so right, yeah.” And “since the last time we danced I learned some brand new moves, uh. (I want to try them on you.)”
Hey Violet are selling sexually-charged songs to their target audience; young and impressionable kids. That’s who they’re marketed to sell to. Songs like “Fuqboi” are just here to pander to the older teens.
a person who caters to or profits from the weaknesses or vices of others.]
With such a ridiculous song, I think they were trying to make a “female anthem” against boy-kind, but it’s not about empowering, it’s about selling and making a hit… Which is, like I said, pandering.
DO NOT LET SOMEONE HIT YOU, SCREAM AT YOU OR TOY WITH YOU/YOUR EMOTIONS! DO NOT LET SOME ARTIST OR BAND TELL YOU DIFFERENTLY. DON’T LET HEY VIOLET MAKE YOU BELIEVE THIS IS NORMAL OR COOL.