Falling in Reverse – Popular Monster (Lyrics Review and Song Meaning)
The Nevada-based rockers Falling in Reverse is back with a brand new single “Popular Monster.” This is the band’s second release in 2019, following “Drugs” released early this year. The new song is accompanied by a music video, which is quite graphic, to say the least. Let us take you into the meaning of the lyrics and the visuals of this track.
Fallin in Reverse band released their fourth studio album ‘Coming Home’ in 2017. And they have been releasing a new album every two years. So, these two new songs from 2019 could spell a brand new album in the making. By the looks of the music released so far, this new album is going to be as hardcore rock as possible.
The new song “Popular Monster” deals with the internal struggles of dealing with stress, anxiety, and depression. Many rockstars have fallen ill to this deadly trio of diseases. There is an unfathomable lose of sanity and sensitivity for someone undergoing these psychological diseases. These demons roaring inside of you are captured perfectly in the lyrics and the music video. Watch the music video below and be pre-warned that it contains some scenes of gore.
The music video for “Popular Monster” shows Falling in Reverse performing the song in a darkened and abandoned building. This scene makes way to a gruesome murder spree somewhere else in the building. We come to realize, late on in the video, that the band’s frontman, Ronnie Radke, transforms himself into a werewolf and goes on a killing spree. This is an externalization of the inner demons inside of him.
In the first verse of “Popular Monster,” Ronnie tries his best to explain what he is going through. He is neck-deep in his own inner demons and there is no pill to make them go away. His inner demons are a culmination of post-traumatic stress, anxiety and depression. This is one of the worst combinations ever and he has no grip on his life. Doctors have the professional opinion that it is just a phase. But this makes the singer even angrier as this is definitely not a phase.
in the chorus of the song, Ronnie Radke admits his mistakes. He admits that he is a liar, a cheater, a non-believer (usually against Christian faith) and worse so a popular monster. The term ‘popular monster’ could allude to his success in the music industry. With an estimated net worth of $4.5 in 2019 and a significant fan base around the world, Ronnie must be enjoying the limelight. But it is not unlikely that these highs have their own downs as well. Popularity also brings in severe privacy restrictions and a blinding spotlight. Your life will be on display and you will be monitored day in and out. One step out of the way of anybody, and you will end up making headlines.
The second verse is yet another reminder of how derailed life is under the effects of depression, stress and anxiety. Nothing makes you feel, and nothing makes you smile anymore. You are constantly feeling trapped inside a maze with no exits. When he tries to break down all the falls around him that trap him, unconsciously he builds more around him. That is his defence mechanism against breaking apart and in turn his own entrapment.
The singer’s therapist seems to be as little help as anyone around him. The therapist is of the opinion that Ronnie is going through a stage and it will pass. But Ronnie knows that he is dealing with this condition for a much longer period than he would care to admit for. Every passing day is a reminder that he is getting closer to his date of expiry, and with him having no grip on reality, the date might come sooner.
In the bridge of the song, Ronnie directs a question at all the believers. He has already confessed to being a non-believer and maybe his condition is due to that. However, in these lyrics, he speaks for the masses. He says “we’re sick and tired” and “we’re searching for the truth.” The idea behind this could be that both believers and non-believes end up with the same fate. So what is the purpose and result of the divine power out there?
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Check out the complete lyrics to the song and more detailed analysis of song meaning on Genius.