Frank Hamilton has released “Song For The Runners Up”, a reflective indie-pop track that provides another stellar example of Franks’s handle on earworm chorus hooks and honest songwriting. “Song For The Runners Up” is, in Frank’s words, “one for anyone who’s ever tried their best, only to find out that their best wasn’t quite good enough.” Rather than being another loser anthem that wallows in its own self-pity, “Song For The Runners Up” offers a hand on the shoulder and a bop to pick up the most deflated of days.
In a world where “winning” has been a meme for troubled Hollywood stars, a rallying cry for boorish presidential candidates, and an obsession of countless reality TV competitions – perhaps it’s time to celebrate a little modesty and give a hi-five to the runners up. Frank sums it up, “In a world obsessed with winning, the runners up don’t tend to get much love, so I wrote a song about it – here’s to them and here’s to us :)”. After all, runners up are in great company. Star Wars lost out to Annie Hall for the Best Picture Oscar, Adam Lambert went on to sell 3 million albums and tour the world with Queen after coming second on American Idol, Buzz Aldrin still stood on the moon and took in that view.
“Song For The Runners Up” follows the release of “Aliens”, a wry slice of self-described ‘satirical indie-pop’ that served as perfect re-introduction to Hamilton’s acerbic wit and the bitter twist that runs through his songwriting. While Frank is perhaps best known for an introspectivity that shines the light of scrutiny on his own insecurities and indiscretions, “Aliens” boldly extended that scope to take on world leaders and the dizzying state of current affairs.