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Canadian pop rockers Hedley are most recognized for their high-energy live performances and infectious upbeat singles like “Anything,” “Cha-Ching,” and “Never Too Late”—but it’s the band’s sometimes overshadowed emotional tracks that often resonate with fans on a deeper level. These songs have helped build the foursome’s loyal following and Hedley’s latest addition to that list with their new single “Can’t Slow Down” is no exception.
Taking a look at the darker side of fame and excess, leader singer and songwriter Jacob Hoggard uses “Can’t Slow Down” as a means of rectifying how to live in the limelight without sacrificing his personal relationships.
The deeply personal lyrics specifically speak to Hoggard, who sings “She said Jake, you’re a little bit stoned/When you gonna get grown/Will you just come home, I’m so not sure/Can you help yourself, I can’t help you anymore/You’re going faster than me.”
“‘Can’t Slow Down’ is a super honest moment that’s sort of like a reflection of exactly what my life can be like sometimes,” explains Hoggard. “When I sing it, I’m almost saying those words to myself. To pose it from someone else and use my name in it, it was just so personal. ‘Can’t Slow Down’ is like a super confession.”
The deeply personal track now has a brand new video, with Hoggard and Matt Leaf reuniting for shared directorial duties. Hoggard spends most of the video alone, riding a bicycle with lights around city streets at night, while a ballerina performs a solo contemporary routine in a graffiti-filled warehouse. The two performers eventually come face to face, with their darkened silhouettes hovering on intimacy.
This isn’t the first time Hedley have put dance front and centre. In their 2015 video “Lose Control,” the band is flanked by a group of professional female dancers who show off their ballet moves and impressive flexibility, sometimes even using Hedley members as props.
Today’s new video is yet another step in Hedley’s continued commitment to push their own boundaries and evolve musically and visually.
“Can’t Slow Down” is part of Hedley’s sixth studio album Hello, which was released in 2015.