Courtney Barnett has released two new live performances of her songs ‘Everybody Here Hates You’ and ‘Small Talk’.
‘Everybody Here Hates You’, the song that centres around the eroding nature of mental health issues and the video offers an absurdist view on it, sees Barnett sing the lyrics: “I go to Loving Hut, I get my hair cut, I feel the same / I feel putrid, I’m getting used to it these days.”
Released as a follow up to 2018’s LP Tell Me How You Really Feel and the one-off release ‘Small Talk’ – the track is a guitar-driven focus on the fragility of mental health and the need to keep talking about the issue on a local and wider scale.
“My songs follow me as a normal human with normal emotions,” she explains, “so there are great highs and great lows. They span everything in my life.”
On ‘Small Talk’, Barnett’s trademark lyrical style takes precedent as the Melbourne musician sings in her now typically descriptive style, opening up about her family life: “do you have any siblings? I got a brother, Blake, he’s four years older than me (n I guess he always will be) yeah he’s clever and he’s got a cool girlfriend (hey Hayley) aw but wait, now that they’re engaged soooooo I hope they have kids so I can be a cool aunty”.
Teaming up with Vevo, Barnett and her band put together a couple of live renditions: