Hope D Learns To Let Go And Hits The Road For Her 'Hate Goodbyes' Tour

Adding to the success of her debut EP ‘Cash Only’, and previous single ‘Happy Hangover’, Hope D’s latest single ‘Hate Goodbyes' is a cynical yet upbeat track you can’t help nodding your head to.

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Hope D describes her lyrics as "simple in some ways, while exaggerated in others", and accompanies them with a pop rock sound to remind listeners it’s all going to be okay.

“‘Hate Goodbyes’ was about a relationship I was in for about two years on and off,” she says. “I wrote it because I knew it was a very common theme in some people’s relationships: that on and off toxicity. But you learn so much from it as well, and it’s so human to feel those things and hate having to let go of someone. Because you aren’t just letting go of them: you’re letting go of their family, their friends, their pets, the places you used to go together.

“I’m remembering [the relationship] in a completely different setting now. But it’s so incredible how emotional we can be as humans and how we can pull connections from anything. We just feel things by hearing things or seeing things or passing something on the street. I’m grateful to be able to feel those things because they’re what make us human. They’re what make the good things good and the bad things bad.”

As far as inspiration goes, Hope says she never knew she was into music until her dad took her to Bluesfest in high school. Once she turned 18, however, the now-accomplished singer/songwriter started gigging out in Valley bars and caught as many live shows as she could — quickly finding herself immersed in Brisbane’s local music scene.

“I fell in love with being able to see artists and listen to their music, and listening to the stories behind it. That’s when I realised it was what I wanted to do. [...] I’m so lucky to grow up here because we have so much live music on, like, every night of the week. It’s the best thing for me, personally. It’s such a serotonin boost. I love meeting all the people and listening to all the music. I think the Brisbane music scene is incredible.”

The release of ‘Hate Goodbyes’ comes as Hope embarks on her biggest tour to date, supported by Melbourne’s Noah Dillon and fellow locals Platonic Sex. She’s already performed shows in Sydney and Adelaide, but has shows scheduled in Hobart, followed by Byron, Brisbane, Melbourne, and the Gold Coast.

“I’m really good mates with Platonic Sex. They’re so incredible and so talented and we have the best time together. I’m just so obsessed with their music. [...] I haven’t met (Noah) properly yet. [...] But in two weekends it’ll be our first show of the tour together, and I’m so excited to be sharing the stage with people I’m such a massive fan of.”

“I knew it’d be chaotic travelling with the band because we’re also chaotic. We nearly lost our luggage, we practically got kicked out of the first accommodation we stayed at because they double booked us, I rolled off the bed the first night and hit my head on a corner. Every single plane ride we all got cheese and crackers: we were so bloated by the end.

“But playing with the band in all these different places, and meeting all these people that we’ve never met before, and just being together is so nice. I feel so much closer to them.”

'Hate Goodbyes' is out now.

Hope D Tour Dates

29 April – Altar (Hobart)
6 May – The Northern (Byron Bay)
7 May – Princess Theatre (Brisbane)
13 May – Corner Hotel (Melbourne)
27 May – Miami Marketta (Gold Coast)


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