Ottawa's fanclubwallet Can Run, but Can't Hide on "Roadkill"

It's the first new single from the Hannah Judge-helmed project since debut LP 'You Have Got to Be Kidding Me'

Photo: Ian Filipovic

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Oct 31, 2022

It's not just Halloween — it's hunting season. fanclubwallet, the indie rock project of Ottawa-based singer-songwriter Hannah Judge, is delivering the perfect accompaniment to both with new single "Roadkill."

The song follows Judge's debut album You Have Got to Be Kidding Me, which was released in May of this year. "Roadkill" expands on the higher-fi sonic palette with a more sinister approach to its bite-sized chunks, culminating in a climactic scream before the end of the first minute-and-a-half.

"'Roadkill' is basically about the way men put female musicians or just women in general up on strange pedestals. Idolizing and viewing them as an object or prize to be won," Judge said in a release, illuminating the song's scathing lyrical indictment. "I'm the best thing to ever happen to you / If I didn't, I don't know what you'd do," she sings right off the top, letting the feeling of unease build from the first line onwards.

The self-directed and edited video sees Judge flex her horror makeup and practical visual effects skills (if that weren't enough, she's also a cartoonist), which she honed in her youth when she would fake sick to stay home from school. "I would watch horror makeup tutorials and my mom would always come home to me with some wacky horror makeup on," she explained. "The video's series of slow zoom-out shots that reveal that I've been wounded reflect the lyrical theme on 'Roadkill' and feeling hunted."

Watch the video for "Roadkill" below, and read Exclaim!'s interview with Judge.


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