Ontario singer/songwriter Billy Raffoul visited Indie88 to perform “We Could Get High” and “Jim Carrey”. The two recent singles come in advance of his upcoming 2023 EP I Wish You Were Here.
“I wrote [“We Could Get High”] in early 2019 as part of a more rock-focused album that hasn’t been released. I’m so happy that this one will finally see the light of day! It was inspired by a track off of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Greetings from Asbury Park.’ The song features a traditional rock band sound. Acoustic guitars, two electric guitars, a bass, drums, and harmonies.”
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“In high school, my girlfriend was elected student body Prime Minister. She inspired the song. I wanted it to have a Bonnie and Clyde feeling. It’s about breaking free of the bonds that we put on ourselves. Or maybe it’s just about cutting 3rd period in your senior year of high school.”
“Jim Carrey” was inspired by the 2004 film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet. “It was September of 2019 and I was visiting Bianca Rose in Rotterdam before starting my first European tour as a headliner,” says Raffoul. “After a most polite noise complaint, I found a tree stump outside of her apartment and wrote “Jim Carrey” in it’s entirety that afternoon.”
“The response since its release has been overwhelming. The Indiana Drones mixed and produced the song with me, Marty Bak mastered it, and Travis Latam is responsible for the artwork as well as the lyric video in my bio. Eternally grateful to Joel and Clementine for the inspiration behind this song.”
Billy Raffoul will be performing at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on June 9 as part of Canadian Music Week. Get your tickets now!