British indie singer-songwriter rocker ettie is back again with a new track that it’s a throwback in every single way – starting with its title. “Marty McFly” is heavily inspired by, as you might’ve imagined, the cult classic 1985 film Back to the Future but with a queer twist to it.
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Let me just get this out of the way: we love ettie, and her new song absolutely rules. She is a singular voice in indie music, blending together pop-punk riffs with indie sensibility, a yearning, and honest, human point of view. She is so great at creating her own little universe within the song she’s singing and does it in such a unique way with unexpected chord changes and dynamics that it’s just mind-blowing.
In “Marty McFly” she takes the whole concept explored in the film to a new perspective that is oh-so interesting. As a young gay person, ettie explores the time travel metaphor as a way of going back to her own past and telling her even younger self that basically it’s okay to be gay. The clarity that comes with realizing and accepting who you really are can only come with age, and the feeling of wanting to be able to go back and tell yourself all about is something that all of us queer people have thought about. How easy it could’ve been for ourselves if we only knew then what we know now.
And the way ettie goes about it, writing about wishing to get into the Delorean and actually doing it, makes it sound so vulnerable and human. ‘If I could go back in time like Marty McFly and roll into bed with myself when I cried all night thinking there was so much wrong with me‘ is an incredibly powerful line in an absolutely perfect bridge that sums up everything at once, it shows so much maturity and growth – and she is still so young!
Her biggest triumph in a song like this is that this could’ve easily gone in the sad tragic direction, but it doesn’t. The lyrics are deep and emotional, but filled with nostalgia-infused throwbacks, and clever puns about time travel and references to the movie.
The production of “Marty McFly” really helps to get this point across, never letting it get too dark. It’s full of rich Green Day-like basslines, early Paramore guitars, and, especially, a gigantic sense of humor that makes it light and fun. The way she ends the bridge by saying how she wishes she could show herself all the happiness, love, and laughter and follows it with ‘I think it would be a movie she’d really like‘ is just perfection. I’ve said it before, ettie is the real deal. She is the “anxious, gay, caffeinated” pop punk icon I desperately needed as a kid, and still do now.
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