Tess Hannah drops moody greatness in new track ‘Filth’ from forthcoming EP

Tess Hannah’s latest single ‘Filth’ is a gutsy, powerful track that serves as a cracking opener of a new year of music and opportunities. Bringing together a diverse range of sonic influences with her own striking vocal stamp, the single is perfect for demonstrating to newcomers who Tess is an artist.

Taken from her forthcoming EP Kind Regards, My Inner Demons, ‘Filth’ sets Tess apart: she’s Melbourne’s newest champion of moody and quirky rock music, delivered with flair. And it’s stunning.

Commanding and in charge, Tess Hannah’s opening up on ‘Filth’ – the first taste we’re getting of her forthcoming debut EP. She navigates the morning after a big night before with dark humour and eventual catharsis: “I wanna lay in my filth and feel bad about it.”

Influenced by bands like Sorry and Shame, it’s instant from the jump that Tess’ creative output isn’t to be defined by any one aesthetic or sound. Threading together cleverly sharp lyricism with impactful music, songs like ‘Filth’ give an insight into the type artist she is – driven by individuality and boldness. 

For ‘Filth’, Tess worked with good friend and fellow musician Sebastian Chesney (Blyolk/Bastian Hues) on the track in the midst of Melbourne’s strict lockdowns. The track took on an international element when drummer Matt Johnson (St. Vincent, Jeff Buckley) played on the song (and throughout the rest of the EP). 

Through her music, Tess aims to open the door for more conversations surrounding important issues such as mental health, queerness and self-empowerment, while also using her platform to sound off on those issues she vehemently cannot stand for.

It’s what makes a song like ‘Filth’ so smart: behind the veil of humour, there exists a darker storyline where Tess navigates dealing with those inner demons many listeners can relate to.