Jake Hays

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Doom scrolling through social media, the soulless suck of commercial art, even the monotony of your work routine—life is sometimes just filled dumb shit that leaves us weighed down with stress. From plebes to rock stars, no one can escape it.

Enter “Dumb Shit”, a truthful look at the bleakness that comes from being lost and confused by life’s pressures. Jake Hays sums it up perfectly with this line from the chorus, “I’m stressing that I’m fucking it up, fucking it up. Trying to exist is so hard sometimes.”

It’s no surprise Hays can tap into that powerful sentiment in a catchy way. He’s written with greats like Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver), Holly Knight (Aerosmith, Pat Benatar), Cherie Currie (The Runaways), and more. You don’t get co-author credit for lackluster feelings.

But music isn’t music until it’s played. Embodying that truth so perfectly to connect with your audience is difficult unless you’re a professional actor. Luckily, Hays is that too. Catch his wry tones and honest vibes as Robert Ressler in Ted Bundy: American Boogeyman.

All his talents pour out of “Dumb Shit,” helping it resonate in a way only true art can (no soulless suck here).

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Stream “Dumb Shit” below.


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