Passenger, real name Mike Rosenberg, has released his new single ‘What You’re Waiting For’. The track offers a subtle stylistic shift in Passenger’s sound. Operating in the wilderness between a rasp and a whisper, his vocal continues to have the intimacy of a shared secret, yet it’s set to indie / alternative rock with an ‘80s edge that echoes R.E.M. or The Smiths. That introspection also feeds into the lyrics, which use Passenger’s own experiences as a launchpad for a more universal emotion.
“I’d got to a point in my life where I should be really happy, but there was something that I still wasn’t content with,” he confesses. “We’re all taught to strive for certain things, like a good job, a big house and lots of money. But if and when we get there, we’re surprised that it doesn’t make us happy. I think everything that’s happened over the last year has highlighted that, and we’ve all started to realise what’s important and what actually makes us happy.”
Released back in January 8th, Songs For The Drunk And Broken Hearted is an album populated by drunk and broken hearted characters. Most of the songs were written following Rosenberg’s own breakup. He reflects, “You’re incredibly vulnerable for a few months. You’re so used to the safety of being with somebody and suddenly you’re out in the world on your own. And you get pissed and probably make some bad decisions. It’s universal. Most everyone goes through it at some stage.”
Now kicking off at Ulster Hall, Belfast on 26th August 2021, Passenger’s rescheduled tour dates for 2021 – including a headline show at London O2 Brixton Academy on 8th September 2021 – can be found HERE.