Interview: LØLØ Plots Diabolical Revenge on “hot girls in hell”

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LØLØ © Walker Hutchinson
There may be no “hot girls in hell,” but there certainly is one creative and lyrically cunning one here on Earth – in the form of pop-punk rising star LØLØ.
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It’s fair to say that LØLØ has had a LØT on her plate lately.

She just wrapped up her nationwide tour alongside the bands Boys Like Girls and State Champs, and had plenty of festival dates this past summer besides. Yet thankfully, she made time to chat with Atwood Magazine about one of her most recent songs, “hot girls in hell.” Alongside “faceplant,” “omg,” and “5,6,7,8,” this one is part of a steady trickle of new singles the Toronto native born Lauren Mandel has issued throughout 2023. They will all likely be included on the upcoming album LØLØ has confirmed she is working on, and when that project sees the light of day, we’ll get a full look as to what’s been on her mind lately.

hot girls in hell - LØLØ
hot girls in hell – LØLØ

Based on this advance single, though… it’s a bit of a nasty scene. Released July 21, 2023 via Hopeless Records, “Hot girls in hell” is being promoted as a song about “the frustration, fury, and despair that comes from letting go of a toxic relationship with a partner you love to hate.” The lyrics reflect their description well, as LØLØ can be heard making all sorts of disparaging remarks towards the man that caused her such grief, the more polite of which include “You’re mean and you’re stupid” and “You’re good for nothing” (the others are rough, man!) But in the mind of the songstress herself, all of them are warranted.

“I wrote ‘hot girls in hell’ about someone who really hurt my feelings,” LØLØ explains. “I wrote the first half when I was really sad, and the second half when I was really mad. Ending a relationship with someone is tricky— one second you miss them, feeling miserable and pathetic, and the next you are picturing them burning in hell. I really wanted this song to feel like two completely different moods for that reason.”

In her talk with Atwood, LØLØ summed up her insight of this hitherto untapped inner circle of the Inferno.

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A CONVERSATION WITH LØLØ

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Atwood Magazine: Hey LØLØ! The last time I covered your music for Atwood was about a year ago, when you had just put out the song ''u turn me on (but u give me depression).'' How would you summarize what you've been up to since then, in the studio and otherwise?

LØLØ: One year later, I would say I am older, but not wiser (laughs). But I have definitely experienced a lot since then – my first (and second) European tours, I played Lollapalooza and a bunch of other really sick festivals. I met and sung with a couple of my idols. I actually lived out a lot of goals that I had, so that’s been awesome. In the studio now, I feel like I’m making my favorite songs I’ve ever made to date! And I’m working on an album, which is so fun.

How did you go about writing this new song? Is there anything that the statement ''there are no hot girls in hell'' implies more broadly?

LØLØ: The first verse was written alone in my bed in LA — it was basically just me rambling on, recording my stream of consciousness with a voice note. I then took that idea to a writing session in Nashville with Mike Robinson and Marisa Maino, and the rest is history! Saying “I hope there’s no hot girls in hell” means —”You were so evil to me, I know for a fact that you’re going to hell. And when you do get to hell, I hope there are no hot girls for you to f***. I hope you celibately suffer there.”

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LØLØ © Walker Hutchinson



The press release describes this song as one that combines both fragility and power. What did it take for you to get that balance to where you wanted it to be?

LØLØ: Funnily enough— I don’t know if I could have done it if I had actually tried to. Basically, what happened is I wrote the first half when I was very, very sad— too sad to finish the rest of the song I was trying to write. I wrote the second half when I was very, very mad, a few weeks later. And then we put them together. So, we ended up with a very authentic emotional roller coaster. I think it’s pretty accurate on how a breakup usually goes— one second, you feel like a pathetic loser, and the next, you’re just mad and wish they were dead lol. I’m really happy with how it turned out.

As the song progresses, it features a distinct contrast of emotions when it comes to the instruments. How did you manage to achieve that outcome via the production of this track?

LØLØ: I actually got the idea after hearing a newer Weezer song, “I Want a Dog” — it goes from 6/8 time signature to 4/4, and it keeps changing. I thought that was really cool and wanted to do something like that. But I owe all the production ideas to my lord and savior, Mike Robinson!

How did the concept for the music video come together? Is what we see in the music video how you imagine hell, more or less?

LØLØ: Justin Alexis (@ThatGoodGraphic) is the one that came up with the concept, so I can’t take credit! I just knew I wanted a bath scene 😉 lol. I don’t know really what I imagine hell as… a place with no McDonalds, perhaps?

LØLØ’S “5,6,7,8” (FT. GIRLFRIENDS) FILLS THE GAPS OF NOSTALGIA AND DESIRE

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This is the third single you've put out this year. Thematically/musically, is there any common thread between these singles?

LØLØ: “5,6,7,8” was more of a stand alone single, so it doesn’t have anything to do with any of the upcoming singles… BUT,  yes, “omg” and “hot girls in hell” are kind of connected in a way…which will make sense when my album comes out hehehe.

How have your live performance experiences gone lately? What are your hopes for the tour you're participating in this fall with Boys Like Girls and State Champs?

LØLØ: I feel like every time I perform I just get more and more comfortable, so it just gets better and better, so I’m SOOOO excited for the fall tour. I’m also redesigning my entire show at the moment, so I’m super stoked to perform a new show for everyone who’s seen me in the past. I’ve toured with State Champs before during Sad Summer Fest, but we were in a sprinter van, so we couldn’t really hang with them or any of the other bands much. This time, we’ll be in a tour bus, so I’m very stoked for some good hangs and to get to know everyone better! Also, last time I toured the US it was peak COVID and I couldn’t meet any fans afterwards, so I’m VERY MUCH LOOKING FORWARD to meeting and hugging everyone this time! 🙂

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