Brit and Ivor Novello award-winning songwriter, plus platinum-selling, chart-topping artist Tom Odell has announced his Irish return with a show at 3Olympia Theatre, Dublin on Wednesday 16th February 2022.
After a dark period of mental health stalked most of his 2018 and 2019, Odell wrote his way through it, eventually letting down his guard and pouring his feelings into new music that will form his fourth album, 'monsters'. It feels like both a daring creative rebirth and a solidifying of Odell's strengths.
The first single from the new album was ‘numb’, (premiered as Radio 1 ‘Hottest Record’ by Jack Saunders standing in for Annie Mac.), now Odell returns with his new song ‘monster v.1.’ (the first of two versions). The new single grabs hold of ‘numb’s inky molasses and confronts it head-on. With the sky-scraping chorus (“you're just a monster and I'm not scared”) initially inspired by Trump, and more specifically climate change activist Great Thunberg's staring him down at the UN Climate Summit in 2019, the song soon morphed into something more abstract; a self-help mantra for Odell's ongoing battle with anxiety.
“In 2019, my anxiety got so bad that I had to stop making music for a while. there was a period when it felt like I couldn’t leave the house without having a panic attack. I wrote this song, monster, about trying to overcome my struggles with those mental health problems. It makes me super sad to listen at moments because it brings back some tough times, but I am super proud of it and hope it resonates with people who are dealing with similar struggles. This first version is the song in its purest form, which I wanted you all to hear first, as the lyrics mean so much to me.”