Whitmer Thomas shares a video for his new single “Everything That Feels Good Is Bad.” The self-directed video features Thomas driving around his hometown of Gulf Shores, Alabama eating pizza, wings and fried shrimp.
“This song is about all of the unhealthy things I know I’m not supposed to do that I get some satisfaction out of doing in the moment,” he explains. “Whether it be socially, emotionally, or physically i ain’t got a lick of self control. I’m a child of addicts, and I’m lucky not to have a drug problem, but I think it’s manifested in me being a goofy dumbass around people who I want to think I’m cool or eating 20 Buffalo wings even though I felt sick after 6.”
Thomas’ anticipated new album The Older I Get The Funnier I Was is due October 21st on Hardly Art. It follows his brilliant 2020 HBO special The Golden One and his acclaimed Can't Believe You're Happy Here EP from earlier this year. The album surveys a range of emotion and offers a broad sonic palette, moving between pop punk, electro, and the obvious influence of the singer-songwriters he grew up listening to in early childhood. It conjures the ennui of Bright Eyes alongside the barefaced storytelling of John Prine, the overstuffed lists of Fred Thomas with the lackadaisical humor of Colleen Green, among many others.