Premiere: Overcoming Insecurities Through Leah Capelle’s “Docs”

Leah Capelle © 2017

And I just want to be someone other than me…

Leah Capelle is comfortable in herself and confident about who she is, and she wants the world to know – but just like everyone else, she had to learn it through trial and error. “Docs,” the latest power-pop/rock single from the young artist, struggles to find meaning and comfort in material goods.

Going through my closet, trying on my clothes
Thinking if I can find something stylish I’ll feel better
I think I’ll get a haircut, find a fresh new look
Maybe if I just chop all my hair off I’ll feel better
Listen: “Docs” – Leah Capelle


Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “Docs,” the latest single off from Leah Capelle’s forthcoming EP, Joshua. The Chicago-cum-Los Angeles singer/songwriter bursts with alternative glory in her new release as she searches through labels and coutures to find something that already exists, within. Grammy-award winning producer Jeff Bova (Celine Dion, Meatloaf, Blondie) takes the concept to great heights, capturing the artist’s explosive energy and channeling that into something palpable and real.

Docs - Leah Capelle

Docs – Leah Capelle

I move around my furniture,
trying to find some flow

Maybe if I make all these changes,
this could feel like home

Well I think I’m getting restless,
like I want to start again

But I’m just fine-tuning my messes
and that’s no way to live

“Docs is a song about searching for happiness in material and surface things,” Capelle shares. “It’s a true story of bizarre activities I was doing to do to make myself feel better, like buying clothes, rearranging my furniture, and going out pretending to be somebody I’m not…”

She continues: “In reality, all my false attempts at being “okay” made the matter worse. When I was younger, I had many male figures, whether significant others or mentors, tell me that “men don’t like short hair.” So I kept my hair long because I was insecure. And finally, summer of 2016 I said “fuck it” and chopped it all off- that was a huge catalyst for me, and has actually brought me a lot of happiness in the weightlessness I feel now.”

I bought these new Doc Martens ‘cause I thought that they were cool
And I sure didn’t have the money, but I feel better
And I went and got that haircut, I think it looks alright
People’ve been telling me that I look pretty so I should feel better

Leah Capelle may not find comfort or happiness in materiality, but that’s all a part of the process of learning to love yourself for yourself. Time and again, we all look to self-identity through the clothes we wear or the way we shape our hair – but it’s all a facade, compared to what’s inside. Cheerfully ironic and ruthlessly driving, “Docs” is a reminder of what really matters most – and it isn’t those new shoes.

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Mitch is the Editor-in-Chief of Atwood Magazine and a 2014 graduate from Tufts University, where he pursued his passions of music and psychology. He currently works at Universal Music Group in New York City. In his off hours, Mitch may be found songwriting, wandering about one of New York's many neighborhoods, or writing an article on your next favorite artist for Atwood. Mitch's words of wisdom to fellow musicians and music lovers are thus: Keep your eyes open and never stop exploring. No matter where you go, what you do or who you are with, you can always learn something new and inspire something amazing. Say hi here: mitch[at]atwoodmagazine[dot]com