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Indigo De Souza Shares Empowering New Track, “You Can Be Mean”

Indigo De Souza
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While we’re still on the edge of our seats waiting for Indigo De Souza’s sophomore album All of This Will End due April 25, De Souza has given us a new earworm to keep us occupied. The 25-year-old indie rock artist has delivered “You Can Be Mean” with an accompanying self-directed music video. The spunky, DIY video is a parody of a real-life toxic relationship that De Souza found herself in.

“I wrote ‘You Can Be Mean’ about a brief toxic experience I had with a manipulative and abusive LA model fuckboy,” De Souza explains. “However brief, it had a life-long impact on my understanding of self. Leading up to that experience, I had a history of putting myself in toxic situations and pining for validation from people who treated me poorly. I was stuck in some delusion that I could help abusive people through their trauma and teach them to love me in the way I deserved.”

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She continues, “I wrote this song when I finally realized that I could choose not to allow harmful behavior into my life, and that there is a deep, deep importance in protecting the body and spirit. I stopped caring about validation from assholes, stopped thinking it was my responsibility to help them, and started caring for myself in a real way. Once I made that switch in my psyche, I began to manifest truly loving, safe, kind, and communicative people into my life. Being loved in the way I deserve begins with loving myself in the way I deserve. Boundaries are so important. The body is a sacred and fragile thing and it deserves every ounce of care.”

“You Can Be Mean” marks De Souza’s third single pulled from her forthcoming album and follows the release of “Younger & Dumber” and “Smog,” which arrived earlier this year. Check out the video for “You Can Be Mean” below and De Souza’s upcoming tour dates.

Indigo De Souza Tour Dates:

  • May 13—Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court Block Party
  • May 17—Madison, WI @ The Majestic ~
  • May 18—Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall ~
  • May 19—Detroit, MI @ El Club ~
  • May 20—Toronto, ON @ Opera House ~
  • May 22—Boston, MA @ The Royale ~
  • May 23—Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer ~
  • May 24—New York City, NY @ Webster Hall ~
  • May 26—Hamden, CT @ Space Ballroom ~
  • May 27—Hamden, CT @ Space Ballroom ~
  • May 29—Washington, DC @ Sept.:30 Club ~
  • May 30—Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle ~
  • May 31—Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle ~
  • June 2—Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West ~
  • June 3—Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel ~
  • June 2-4—Chattanooga, TN @ Riverbend Festival
  • June 10—Bloomington, IN @ Granfalloon Festival
  • June 27—London, UK @ Roundhouse ^
  • June 29—Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival
  • July 1—Stockholm, SE @ Lollapalooza Stockholm
  • Aug. 12-13 Seattle, WA @ Day In Day Out Festival
  • Aug. 14—Indianapolis, IN @ TCU Amphitheater at West River State Park *
  • Aug. 15—Columbus, OH @ KEMBA Live! *
  • Aug. 17—St Louis, MO @ The Pageant *
  • Aug. 18—Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland *
  • Aug. 19—Minneapolis, MN @ The Armory *
  • Aug. 24—Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield *
  • Aug. 25—Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre *
  • Aug. 27—Bend, OR @ Hayden Homes Amphitheater *
  • Aug. 30—Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley *
  • Aug. 31—Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre *
  • Sept. 1—Del Mar, CA @ The Sound *
  • Sept. 2—Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy & Harriet’s *
  • Sept. 3—Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy & Harriet’s *
  • Sept. 6—Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl *
  • Sept. 8—Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren *
  • Sept. 9—Santa Fe, NM @ Santa Fe Opera *
  • Sept. 10—Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre *
    • ~ supporting from Sluice.
    • ^ supporting Japanese Breakfast.
    • * supporting Sylvan Esso.
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