Are You Awkward? Join The Club & Play Varley’s “The Pressure”

Sometimes we want the earth to just swallow us

Photo: Jen Krause

If you often experience situations where you embarrass yourself and want to hit the esc button, then Varley’s “The Pressure” is for you. Inspired by their own experiences dealing with social anxiety, “The Pressure” feels like the perfect song to play when you say or do something that you immediately regret. But despite its thematic awkwardness, it’s an upbeat banger that captures the blood-rushing moment in a delicious harmony: 

“I started writing ‘The Pressure’ when I found myself in a situation that made me feel really awkward and in my head I started singing ‘Don’t mind me, I’m just waiting here for the world to make me disappear,’” explained Claire-Ann. She further added, “We wanted to describe the feeling of the pressure rising, feeling your cheeks turning red and wishing you could turn back the clocks and just not say anything at all. I spend a lot of time in my head, replaying and rewriting certain social situations. It’s a bit of a vicious cycle because the more you start thinking about these things, the less you want to put yourself out there. “

Comprised of Dublin-born Claire-Ann and German bandmates Joschka Bender and Matthias Heising, Varley broke into the scene with their debut EP Phantom Studies in 2019. Having accumulated ten million streams, Varley has been building a wide fanbase across their world while continuing to push their sound. The trio has used this past year of lockdown to craft their debut album Smalltalk & DMCs, which will be arriving this September.