Yesterday (Sept 10, 2011), fresh from their EP ‘Funeral Pop’ the duo of MXMS released a new single “What’s My Name” in observance of World Suicide Prevention Day. War-torn from battles with mental illness and addiction, the duo of Ariel Levitan and Jeremy Dawson want their listeners to know the importance of this day.
“I was the painfully shy girl in school that used to walk the hallways hugging the wall,” shares Levitan. “I prayed that no one would notice me. I would constantly hope that one day I wouldn’t be seen as a moving target. I know what it’s like to eat lunch in a bathroom stall. I know what it’s like to want to fit in so desperately that you’ll do just about anything.”
“This song is a snapshot into the racing mind in harrowing and traumatizing moments,” she continues. “Words pierce. Feelings get hurt. And we are left desperate for solutions. There is a solution, and that is love. We decided a long time ago that we wanted to release our new song on September 10, World Suicide Prevention Day.”
According to the press release, “What’s My Name” is auto-biographical, for both Levitan and Dawson. The song poignantly describes the intrusive thoughts of a young girl who was left behind by her biological parents – a young girl who must grapple with her fears and insecurities. A young girl who must endure relentless bullying on a daily basis. This was a song the duo hoped to have released on this date and it was a success.
“It is our sincere hope that this song spreads awareness around the grave consequences of bullying,” says Levitan. “There is hope after bullying. We salute anyone who has persevered through darkness. Let’s continue the conversation, speak the truth and conquer all hatred through darkness.”
Listen to the track below. Click on the Instagram image above for a preview of the upcoming video.
includes contribution shared by press release