“This song is dedicated to all who have had to endure this year. I hope this song can offer some sort of comfort to those who may need it.” – Finneas.
Global (10 September 2020) – As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to create heartbreak around the world with lives lost every day, Billie Eilish’s older brother Finneas has released “What They’ll Say About Us,” a song that aims to offer comfort to those who have lost someone due to the virus.
Finneas Baird O’Connell (born July 30, 1997), known mononymously as Finneas, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and actor. He has written and produced music for various artists including his younger sister, Billie Eilish. He won five Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, Producer of the Year, Non-Classical and the Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical for his work on Eilish’s debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (2019).
Finneas has released several singles as a solo artist, and his debut EP, Blood Harmony, was released on October 4, 2019. The EP includes “Let’s Fall in Love for the Night”; it is Finneas’ most successful song to date, peaking at number 17 on the US Billboard Alternative Songs chart. As an actor, Finneas starred in the 2013 independent film Life Inside Out. He is also known for his role as Alistair in the Fox musical comedy-drama series Glee.
“What They’ll Say About Us,” released on the 3rd of September follows on from Finneas releasing the deluxe edition of his 2019 debut EP ‘Blood Harmony’ last month. As with the majority of his songs, Finneas wrote and produced the song himself.
In a statement, Finneas explains that the song’s inspiration came from attending a protest rally and reading the story of the late actor Nick Cordero.
Nick Cordero, the Tony-nominated actor who created leading roles in the Broadway musicals Bullets Over Broadway, Waitress, and A Bronx Tale, died after an arduous, lengthy battle with the coronavirus. Cordero had spent more than three months in hospital and suffered a series of mini-strokes, blood clots and septic infections after testing positive for COVID-19 at the end of March.
“I wrote this song in June after spending the day at a protest in Downtown LA, filled with hope with the prospect that millions of people were coming together from all over the world to fight against institutionalised racism and inequality.
During that time, I’d also been following Amanda Kloots as she documented her husband Nick Cordero’s time in the ICU while in a coma after being admitted for COVID-19. Imagining her sitting by his side, waiting, hopeful for him to wake up, it got me thinking about all the millions of people, all over the world, who also have loved ones, parents, children and extended family members going through the same thing.
Fighting this horrific virus.
Some will over-come and wake up again, while others, tragically may not. This song is dedicated to all who have had to endure this year. I hope this song can offer some sort of comfort to those who may need it.”
Listen to the song and watch the music video here: