Maggie Lindemann Releases Debut Album “SUCKERPUNCH”: Streaming
- American singer-songwriter Maggie Lindemann released her debut album “SUCKERPUNCH” on September 16, 2022 via swixxzaudio.
It is her second project since the 2021 debut EP “PARANOIA” under her own label swixxzaudio.
The album comprises 15-track, featuring guest appreances from Siiickbrain and Kellin Quinn.
Produced by Andrew Goldstein, Cody Tarpley, Dylan Mclean, John Feldmann, Joshua Murty, kmoe, Maggie Lindemann, Morgoth Beatz, No Love for the Middle Child, RAZIEL and Scot Stewart.
The album chronicles a journey of self-discovery and actualization.
She started recording after the release of the debut EP.
“It's the journey from being upset to being angry to being hopeful – a hopefulness I want listeners to know exists for them, too,” Maggie Lindemann said of the album. “I was still in the PARANOIA headspace, and I didn't want to leave it, but as we made these songs, you can hear me growing and going deeper than I ever have before,” Maggie notes. “Even if some of the melodies changed or production elements took new form, a lot of SUCKERPUNCH is as we originally wrote and intended it – songs that showcase the new version of who I've always wanted to be.”
- It's also the rare narrative record that's songs also stand as strongly alone as they do in sequenced order.
She continued, “It's also the rare narrative record that's songs also stand as strongly alone as they do in sequenced order. I was really on myself about making sure every song was cohesive, but had its own individual flare to it. My only goal was to never half-ass anything I did.”
She said of the album title, “It's an unexpected punch, a blow you didn't see coming. When I was making this, I had those blows in my own life; when I listened to the album back from start to finish, I realized the entire thing was a sucker punch – for myself, for my fans – and I knew it had to be the title.”
She added, “Writing is my therapy, my way to get what I'm feeling and thinking and going through out so that I can try to move on from it. With this album, I finally knew: 'I need to let go of this stuff, so I'm just going to write about it.'”
Maggie Lindemann explained track-by-track for the album via Alternative Press
“take me nowhere”
“'take me nowhere' was inspired by feeling super lost. Starting off really young in a completely foreign industry was super hard for me. I felt super alone and like I just didn't belong. I rewrote the verses a couple of times and almost completely scraped the song. It got added last minute, and now it's one of my favorites.”
“she knows it”
“I wrote it when I started working on the album, and I mean, it's basically what it is, I liked a girl that had a boyfriend. And this is a situation that happened a while ago, because I remember I previewed and people are like, you've literally been in a relationship for like three years, and this was a long time ago. This girl had a boyfriend and she would, you know, complain to me about him and be like, 'oh, you know, we fight all the time,' but then kind of led me on and was like 'I like you, but not like that though.' But it was obviously like that. So it just got to me and I feel like a lot of people go through that similar thing where someone is kind of just stringing you along. Or in this case, a girl stringing you along and then trying to play with your emotions. So I was like, I'm just gonna write about it.”
“casualty of your dreams”
“'casualty of your dreams' is about someone that is lying to you — you're just asking them for some honesty, they're constantly lying and then they get caught in a lie, and you're just over it. I wanted it to feel like two parallels, like, “I'm mad at you, and I hate you, and you're dead to me and don't come crawling back to me,” but at the same time, I can't resist you every time you come back.”
“The song is about not allowing yourself to receive the love that you deserve. I crave a little bit of action in my life and when things are going too good, I tend to do something to test the pliancy of the positiveness.”
“'phases' is pretty straight to the point — being in a relationship where someone only wants you when they feel like it. I wrote in some specific moments, too, but we also rewrote that pre.”
“i'm so lonely with you”
“'i'm so lonely with you' is about being in a relationship where you just feel so lonely — you feel like they don't hear you. And feeling like you can't leave because no one can take their place and they're irreplaceable, and you think if you leave that you can never find better than what you already have, which, by the way, is not true. There's always better out there if you're in a bad situation.”
“break me!” featuring Siiickbrain
“'break me!' featuring Siiickbrain is about being intoxicated. It's all the feelings it gives you, that rush of fear and adrenaline, but also the calmness and peace. The video is meant to convey the juxtaposition of the two — one moment you're euphoric, and the next you feel like you're broken, suffocating and your heart is decaying.”
“girl next door”
“'girl next door' is about my life through the eyes of someone else. I wanted to talk about me in high school and give this imagery of sneaking back in [my house] really late at night and watching my life unravel from an outside perspective.”
“we never even dated”
“'we never even dated' was about someone I never even dated, but I had this friend that I really liked, and I felt like we had really good chemistry. I felt like every time I was around them, I was completely myself. I know they had a crush on me, and I had a crush on them, but it was something that I just didn't want to admit because I felt like the situation was complicated. In my eyes at the time, it wasn't something that I really felt like I should pursue, so I let it blow over. I remember I felt like I had made such a big mistake, and I kept wondering, 'What if I would've just admitted it?'”
“'novocaine' is also about feeling super lost and alone. Passing the time with toxic behaviors, things that probably weren't very good for me. This one's super personal, especially that bridge.”
“you're not special”
“With 'you're not special,' I wanted the song to make a statement. Everyone has had to deal with someone in their lives who is two-faced — so kind to your face and mean behind your back. There's always going to be someone judging you or hoping to see you fail, but rather than let those people get under your skin, keep doing you and pursuing your dreams. This song is an anthem for these people of Janus, maybe not the one they want, but it sure was fun to write!”
“hear me out”
“'hear me out' is 100% the most personal song on the album. I wrote it from my 16-year-old perspective. I was going through so much, and I felt like everyone was watching and everyone just saw it as entertainment. People now are super quick to be there for people clearly struggling online, but a couple years ago, it wasn't like that. I felt like I was just dying and nobody cared.”
“how could you do this to me?” featuring Kellin Quinn
“'how could you do this to me?' is about being in a toxic relationship and honestly being the toxic one. It takes two to toxic, and I was definitely toxic. A lot of the times when me and my ex would break up, I would wanna hang out because it felt comfortable — I hate hanging out with new people, and I would much rather stick to someone that I know, even if it's toxic.”
“I wanted to make a song that had the same principle and sentiment as 'Pretty Girl' but felt more like where I am at in my life as a 24-year-old vs. being 17. 'cages' is about being free and doing what you want, whether it's dyeing your hair, drinking or crashing your car just to see who's really there for you. It's me saying, 'No, there's nothing wrong with me. I'm not going through anything — this is just who I am. Let me live!' I did the song with John Feldmann, who is such a legend and so fun to write with, Alex Lahey, who I wrote 'Knife Under My Pillow' and 'Crash and Burn' with, and Rachel West. It was [also] inspired by the movie 13. I love that movie, and for some reason, when I was writing it, I kept seeing the movie in my head. The music video is heavily inspired by 'Sk8er Boi' by Avril Lavigne. I love that old MTV music video feel, with the filter and the early 2000s energy. I'm heavily inspired by Avril, so I wanted to do something to give my respects [and] be able to do a fucking cool, fun video.”
- source : Apple Music