Feature: Tyne-James Organ – Hold Me Back

Tyne-James Organ returns in 2020 with arguably the biggest song of his career (so far) titled Hold Me Back. It is the first taste of new music from the 24-year-old Wollongong born singer-songwriter since the release of his 2019 debut EP Persevere (Dew Process / UMA).

The raw and formidable rock track which premiered on the airwaves via triple j Good Nights was inspired by the Me Too Movement, and his own interactions with misogyny in the night clubs of his new home of Melbourne, the song fully displays the working-class grit and sense of justice Tyne was raised on, as well as the sensitive and sensible man he’s grown into. It’s an outstanding song with a powerful message and one that is likely to catapult his career to a global stage.

“On a night out with friends, I witnessed a confronting and horrible incident of harassment against one of the female friends I was with. Seeing my friend be assaulted like that and seeing how it affected her really shocked me.  We confronted the perpetrator and got him barred from the club. But knowing that so many women go through this experience, I just couldn’t shake the sense of anger within me, and this song was written shortly after that awful night. 

I’m aware I’m coming from an outsider’s perspective, and I hope to approach the topic with the utmost sensitivity for those who have suffered the effects of this type of violence. I’m calling it out – men need to stop treating women like this, it’s not OK, and it’s not good enough to turn a blind eye. 

This is ‘Hold Me Back’. I feel honoured to be able to share this song. A portion of proceeds from sales/streams will go towards the White Ribbon foundation.”

Hold Me Back is out now through Dew Process.

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