Louie Diller, known as one-half of the pop duo HOLYCHILD, is expanding his horizons with the launch of his new solo project Louie Louie!, and his debut single arrives today.
"All Fall Down," a soaring, uplifting cut, is premiering today on Variance, flush with anthemic, 2000's pop-rock vibes, offering the first preview of Louie Louie!'s debut album, Heartbreak in the Fall of the Empire.
"The chorus of this song is as much a question to myself as everyone else asking, 'when we all fall down, will we turn it into something?'" he says. "It was inspired by heartbreak in a decaying society."
While the lyrics of the song are seemingly perfect for this moment in time (aka 2020), the context actually goes back a few years, inspired by Diller's own personal struggles over the past four years.
"In 2016, I went from making half a million dollars to food stamps after a whole lot of financial mismanagement, classic music biz shit show and some," he confesses. "That same year I also had my heartbroken by a girl, who I thought I was going to marry, and found myself living next door to the Mexican mafia in east L.A., who were hustling me every other day."
He continues: "That same year my dad came down with cancer and, though he thankfully beat that shit, for most of 2016 it wasn't clear if he'd survive. And then Trump got elected. Out of all this, Louie Louie! was born."
Hear "All Fall Down" below.