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"There was something about that song that would not leave my brain and I thought that maybe there’s a reason for that," Dallon Weekes says about his new song "WHAT LOVE?"


Alternative band I DONT KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME have just released their first single from their upcoming album, GLOOM DIVISION. “WHAT LOVE?” is a definite change from the band’s previous releases—debut EP 1981 Extended Play and debut LP Razzmatazz. Both of those releases have alt rock/new wave/electronic rock sounds. “WHAT LOVE?” still has that retro sound from the ‘70s and ‘80s. However, it has a more “adult contemporary” feel to it, as James Wilson-Taylor at Rock Sound puts it. Weekes also showcases his falsetto much more than he ever did in iDKHOW’s previous songs.

In an exclusive interview with Rock Sound, Weekes explains why “WHAT LOVE?” is the lead single for GLOOM DIVISION.

“It was obvious for me, especially when the recording process was finished and we were mixing it. There was something about that song that would not leave my brain and I thought that maybe there’s a reason for that. All of my favorite records, all of my favorite songs that I’ve ever heard, the first time that I ever listened to them the reaction is always the same – ‘what is that?’. And then you listen to it a second time and you go ‘this is weird, but I like this’ and then by the third time you hear it, it is my new favorite thing.”

In that same interview, Weekes walks through the album, the inspirations behind everything, the collaborations involved in the LP’s creation, and what he hopes people will take from it.

A Brief History on iDKHOW

I DONT KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME took their band name from a quote in ’80s film Back to the Future. Often stylized as iDKHOW, the band once consisted of a duo: Dallon Weekes and Ryan Seaman. However, as of this year, iDKHOW is now a one-man band, with P!ATD veteran Weekes taking on the band’s career.

Last month, Weekes released a statement about Seaman’s departure from the band.

In the Rock Sound interview, the frontman talks about his relationship with bands and his previous views on being a solo artist.

“I’ve spent pretty much my whole life trying to avoid being a solo artist because I think that maybe, psychologically, I always felt like you’re a lot more exposed that way. “What if your stuff isn’t received well? Or if it is received well, you get to share that experience with the other people that you’re making this music with. Doing it all alone is something that I was always really adamant about wanting to avoid. So even at the beginning, when I was making these iDKHOW songs by myself, I knew that when I presented it to the world, I wanted it to be a band. I always wanted that to be the case. But as time has gone on, I think I just got to a point where I had to bite the bullet and just not rely on anyone anymore after being…I guess hurt is probably the softest way to put it. The best way to protect yourself sometimes is to go this route. It’s not something that I ever had on my list of goals for my life. But if this is how I want to take care of my family, and I want to proceed with it, then doing it on my own is really the only way that it’s going to work from now on. I don’t believe in bands anymore and I’ve got to soldier on the best way that I can I guess.”

iDKHOW 'GLOOM DIVISION' album cover art
Credit: iDKHOW Official X @iDKHOW

I DONT KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME has always had a cult following, and that cult following is sure to tune in to the new record. GLOOM DIVISION is out February 23rd. You can pre-order the album on the band’s website. Stay tuned with Music Daily as I DONT KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME continues to release singles from the LP.

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