“Growing up is a scam, I wish I knew before I signed up” sings Siobhan Cotchin in ‘Growing Pains’. ‘Growing Pains’ is an “ode to anxiety”, helping audiences find solace in the uncertainty of the future, even when irresolute of who they truly are. A 2021 spent inside, unable to leave Western Australia has left Cotchin questioning the purpose of time passing, unable to find fulfillment in even the briefest social encounters.
Working with Perth-based producer Sam Ford (Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, POND, Abbe May), Siobhan Cotchin recorded the indie-alt ballad at Tone City Recordings, staying close to home to lay down the final tracks. Aged only 21, she performs with a touching and powerful intelligence that belies her youthful experiences, poised to dig deeper and further as she grows.
“‘Growing Pains’ is a super personal song about the realities of growing up,” she explains. “It’s about wanting to avoid all responsibilities of adulthood and the anxieties I think we’ve all faced at some point about who we are and where we fit in the world. It’s kind of an ode to my anxiety and the way it makes me act by ‘ghosting my friends’ and just generally avoiding people. I hope with ‘Growing Pains’, people can find solace and comfort in the lyrics and know it’s completely okay to be scared of the future and not know who you are. It’s all part of being human!”