Pollux King begs for mercy in her stirring new single Anybody — premiering exclusively on Tinnitist.
A potent and passionate fusion of pop, hip-hop and electro — with a dash of gospel for good measure — the L.A. singer-songwriter’s latest single (out Friday) chronicles a lifetime of isolation, loss, betrayal and pain caused by physical, verbal and emotional abuse. Anchored by a slow-burning stomp-clap rhythm, set against stark keyboards and bolstered by a darkly luxurious background chorus, King delivers unflinchingly and unfailingly personal lyrics like, “Broken ribs I’m bleeding out / You spit in my face / You laughed / You kicked me down / Broken dreams, broken heart / Broken right from the start / Let’s the words that you said tear me all apart.”
It’s all too vivid and powerful to be anything but true. “I grew up being bullied,” King confirms. “Really badly. Every day I woke up, I wished I could be someone else. I just wanted to be an adult so I could have a say in what was happening to me, so that I could have some control over my own life. I would lie awake at night thinking of the perfect person I could be so that everyone would think I was smart, cool, pretty, skinny, funny. I hated myself from a very young age because I was shown over and over again that who I was wasn’t OK.
“I don’t want to live in that world anymore,” she continues. “I don’t want other people to have to feel like that. The world is changing. We’re speaking up. We’re done being quiet about the pain people have put us through. This song is for the freaks. For the weirdos. For the people who never fit in. This song is for you.”
Born in the small town of New London, WI, King was making up songs to sing to the flowers in her yard by age four. At 18, she moved to Los Angeles to attend The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. After graduation, she started nurturing her unique voice, writing and recording music. She met producer Chris Kooreman through mutual friends in 2019, and her self-titled EP is the result. King leaves her listeners feeling sweaty, loved, hot under the collar, and ready for more. Blasting onto the scene, she brings raw energy mixed with a fearless rock and roll heart we haven’t witnessed in years. She doesn’t shy away from speaking out about what she believes in, and isn’t scared to write or song or two calling you out on it. The intense blend of growling pop, hip-hop and electro underlines the varying lifts and falls of her voice — from riotous scream to gut-wrenching gentleness.