We all need a role model. Tucker Pillsbury, known by the moniker ROLE MODEL, uses his voice to touch on those oh-so-relatable issues plaguing the end of youth. The up and comer pairs dreamy bedroom production and diary-style lyrics to dive into painful topics of depression, failed relationships, self-doubt and loneliness–somehow delivering it all in a warm and comforting package.
His song, “I don’t rly like u,” was added to Spotify’s Bedroom Pop playlist, and he’s played shows with the likes of Omar Apollo and boy pablo, both currently amongst the buzziest names in the genre. Following the release of his 2017 EP, ARIZONA IN THE SUMMER, he’s been steadily feeding his fanbase with singles, including “not a fan” and “play the part,” which contribute to the millions of streams to his name across platforms.
ROLE MODEL’s latest dreamy single, “six speed” comes with a stripped down live performance video. He appears in a warehouse, doused in sunbeams from a nearby window, kept company only by an keys player and a bicycle. The first lyrics draw the listener to his every word, singing,
“I broke down last week, I couldn’t pick myself up. My momma called me last week, I start to cry when I hung up. I had a threesome last night, woke up all alone.”
The height of ROLE MODEL’s trials with coming of age occurred after a life-threatening ski accident in 2017, leaving him isolated and in need of an outlet for his emotions. After conceptualizing his debut EP, that same prolonged sadness has served as his muse ever since, slowly but surely getting ground into the songs that have pushed him into the spotlight. ROLE MODEL touches on that somber inspiration, saying,
“I think living by myself for two years in college and dealing with depression by myself was the best thing ever to happen to me. Solving my own issues in my head helped with self awareness and self-love. I can lean on myself – definitely wouldn’t say I’m happy yet, but I’m getting better at trying lately.”
“Six speed” is ROLE MODEL’s latest release, but also marks a milestone in his artistry as he makes strides toward bigger stages. If you’re looking for honesty, relatability and hope growing from broken places, ROLE MODEL has you covered.
Stay tuned for upcoming shows, and be sure to give “six speed” some streaming love.