When we first covered UPSAHL's new song "Swinging for the Other Team" in UPSAHL Sings Catchy Tune We All Know Too Well, we said that we loved listening to it and felt it may hit home with some of our girl-slash-friends. All we had to go on was the lyrical video and the hypnotic tones.
Now, UPSAHL has released a video that is bringing us back to high school, but in a good way.
I remember high school and being in the closet, having a girlfriend, but knowing that the hetero life was not for me. When watching this video, with all of the kids just looking around with everything and anything with a heart beat, wondering if they were interested in them, I was like look at all of the sexual confusion … and it's great! UPSAHL paints a picture of, yes, high school being a confusing time in life, but it's totally okay and it's without shame. There's no one thinking their feelings are wrong, but they are just thoughts and they are up to seeing if others are interested.
Good lord, if I was around in this high school, an environment that seems so very open to possibilities, not stigmas, no negativity toward difference, how different would live have been? Maybe I wouldn't have waited until i was 24 to come out. Yep, late bloomer.
‘The Other Team’ is about unrequited feelings and crushing on people that don't like you back, so we figured that a high school setting was the perfect place to showcase the feeling that we all know too well. Everyone is always going to be swinging for somebody else's ‘other team,’ so you'll be seeing a bunch of missed connections between characters throughout the video, while we all dance and run around a high school. It definitely has some ‘Breakfast Club’ vibes, so it really takes you back to high school and the whirlwind of emotions that go with it; even though I was just in high school, it still felt like a little throwback. – UPSAHL
Revealing her touring plans for early 2019, UPSAHL will join Max Frost on half of his Gold Rush Tour in March/April, ending at The Troubadour in Los Angeles on April 10. March will also see UPSAHL make her SXSW debut.