Written by Hannah Wicklund and Stevie Aiello (of 30 Seconds to Mars), ‘Hell In The Hallway’, tells a story of perseverance and strength through defying the twisted whispers spoken by snakes. When one door closes, another one opens, but there's always Hell in the Hallway.
To create the video, Wicklund and director Jason Lee Denton used a dozen pieces of her art to bring the world of The Prize to life. Watch it here
A multimedia creative, Wicklund moves between visual art and music effortlessly, truly bringing the world of The Prize to life. Each song on the record has an accompanying large scale oil painting, depicting a unique scene for each song, but all taking place within the same setting- a castle floating on a cloud.
Regarding the video Wicklund says, “Each song I've released thus far is represented inside this video. We start in the courtyard of the castle, the visual aid for 'Witness', which leads us to the checkerboard hallway for 'Hell in the Hallway', taking us then through the maze of 'Hide and Seek', the first single off of the record. The bridge of the song then brings us to a more atmospheric moment, where my mandalas and patterns take over. I see this as a moment of clarity, where what you value most in life becomes clear.
“Drawing those mandalas and pattern pieces have always served as a meditative practice for me; a chance to sit with myself. The remainder of the video is then us backing out of the deep, dark parts of the castle, reclaiming control, and making our way back through the front door, leading us to the water's edge with the 'Lost Love' painting, finally zooming all the way out and showing us 'The Prize'.”
Both the music of The Prize and its visual components deal broadly with the transition into womanhood. Yet while for Wicklund the baton was truly passed with the completion of this album, it speaks to the universal sisterhood. The Prize is a beautiful representation of what raw feminine power and determination look, feel, and sound like.
“Part of becoming a woman is trusting your innate feminine instinct and power, which us ladies are all born with, and can choose to tap into at any age” she explains. “This album was so radically healing for me, and I hope it can inspire and perhaps play a role in someone else’s story. I want us all to remember, it can be lonely and is never easy ‘doing the work’, but we are each worthy of our own love, time, and dedication.”
Hannah is joined on the record by Sam Kiszka of Greta Van Fleet, who has produced the album and plays bass, keys and organ on the record. They are also accompanied by Daniel Wagner of Greta Van Fleet on drums.
Hannah Wicklund is currently touring European arenas in support of Greta Van Fleet, which hits the UK later this month. To finish the UK leg Hannah will also be performing her own headline shows with two dates including Camden Assembly in London on November 21st and Manchester’s Deaf Institute the following day.
Wicklund has now also announced an extensive headline tour running right across North America from February – May 2024. This run of shows is then extended to the UK & Ireland for nine dates in May/June 2024.
Tickets for all shows are available here and full UK & Ireland dates are listed below.
HANNAH WICKLUND UK & IRELAND TOUR DATES
November 2023 - with Greta Van Fleet
14th – London, Wembley Arena
16th – Dublin, 3Arena
19th – Manchester, AO Arena
20th – Glasgow, OVO Hydro
21st – London, Camden Assembly
November 2023 - headline shows
21st – London, Camden Assembly
22nd – Manchester, Deaf Institute
UK & Ireland - headline tour
24th – Chester, The Live Rooms
25th – Sheffield, Corporation
26th – Cardiff, The Globe
28th – Dublin, The Grand Social
29th – Belfast, Ulster Sports Club
31st – Glasgow, G2
1st – Newcastle, Anarchy Brew Co.
2nd – Leeds, Headrow House
4th – Bristol, Strange Brew