Exploring the impact of tinnitus on the life of a musician...
Mikey Collins

Mikey Collins spent almost 10 years of his life as a member of Allo Darlin', a much-loved - and dearly-missed - indie pop ensemble.

Crafting some solo material, his incoming debut LP 'Hoick' charts a number of changes in his life, including a switch to the coast.

Gentle, chiming indie pop packed with depth and nuance, Mikey applied a real perfectionist streak to the recording. He explains:

“This has been the first musical project that I feel proud of the moment I finished it. Normally it takes a bit of time and perspective. It feels as happy, conflicted and dense as the inside of my brain feels most of the time, which is the danger / joy of the solo record...”

With the solo record due to be released later this year, Mikey has decided to share new song 'Sound In Here', and the glorious melody shrouds a highly personal tale.

The former drummer was diagnosed with tinnitus after a heavy period of touring, and this has cause a real shift in how he approaches both performance and music as a whole.

He explains: "This was a song that I wrote whilst thinking about the tinnitus that affected (Allo Darlin' guitarist) Paul Rains and I after years of touring. Paul, particularly, had a very hard time adjusting to having damaged hearing and a constant tone in his ears. It got me thinking about whether it was all worth it etc - of course it all was, but there were costs to all that travelling and not sleeping and loud gigs and shit. This song thinks about that. I wanted it to sound like the Cure. When I listen to it, I sometimes think it sounds a bit like an Allo Darlin song."

Summer-fresh indie pop with a personal streak, it's a contagious little jewel of a song. Tune in below.

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