Rumble Under My Toes

HubbaBubbas x 곽푸른하늘 Kwak Pureunhaneul

Singapore indie-pop trio HubbaBubbas collaborates with K-Indie darling Kwak Pureunhaneul on their single Rumble Under My Toes. The release also includes a Korean version of Sunset In My Pocket featuring Kwak Pureunhaneul, of which the original version has just been nominated for five categories at the Singapore Youth Music Awards 2020.

HubbaBubbas’ first show in Korea was when they played at Seoul’s indie music festival Zandari Festa in 2017. They loved the country so much that they went back again to tour in 2019, and that was when they wrote this song with Kwak Pureunhaneul, also known as “Hongdae IU”, a nickname she picked up from her time on Korean television talent show series Superstar K.

Stephanie of HubbaBubbas shares about the story behind the song: “When we were facing uncertainty, we weren’t able to find much music to relate to because a lot of the music that we were listening to always had a clear feeling of the artist’s emotions - joy, sorrow… and for good reason. But we felt this was a part of ourselves that was not so clear, and we wanted to encapsulate it in a song. We also thought that perhaps there were people out there who felt the same way, and we found Kwakpu. She shared with us her personal reasons for being on a hiatus from music, and you can feel her emotions from her performance in the studio.”

What was the inspiration behind Rumble Under My Toes?

This song was inspired by the shared humanity and vulnerability that was in both Kwak Pureunhaneul and us. We both faced moments that we didn’t feel like we were able to carry on doing what we loved doing because of personal reasons. As a band, making music was what we have known how to do for so long, and suddenly at some point, we had to recheck our purpose. Hence, this song pushes us to seek direction as a band again, so that though hobbling, we might still walk on the right path. More importantly, we learnt that our love for music will always guide us - Rumble Under My Toes reminds us that the hope that we have is greater than the fear of failure.

What was the most memorable moment creating this song?

Collaborating with Kwak Pureunhaneul and recording it in CTR sounds Studio! The producer in Korea was really tough, and Stephanie had to record a line over and over again over 30 times just to get the pronunciation of one word just right.

Talk us through the story Rumble Under My Toes tells?

The song is our musical representation of the process one goes through when making a personal difficult decision and trying to convince a part of ourselves to pursue the choice that our heart truly desires. It starts off with a lonely thought of wanting to depart from our old self, then hearing the other voice in our head trying to reason it out, which inspires our first uncertain choice. Then as we remember the hope that lies ahead, we are more confident in walking towards it and the voices in our heads unify.

What do you feel makes this song special?

When we were facing uncertainty, we weren’t able to find much music to relate to because a lot of the music that we were listening to always had a clear feeling of the artist’s emotions - joy, sorrow… and for good reason. But we felt this was a part of ourselves that was not so clear, and we wanted to encapsulate it in a song. We also thought that perhaps there were people out there who felt the same way, and we found Kwak Pureunhaneul. She shared with us her personal reasons for being on a hiatus from music, and you can feel her emotions from her performance in the studio.

What was the message you wanted your fans to take away?

That the path ahead may not always be crystal clear (as opposed to what our naive, younger selves thought), that being uncertain is humbling and sometimes, beneficial. That you are not alone. That the hope that we have is greater than the fear of failure.

[Verse 1]
Darling don’t wait up for me
I’ll be late
Coming back home to you
I’m standin’ on a volcano
I feel a rumble under my toes

[Pre-Chorus]
Even if I leave now
My heart is stuck at the bottom of the crater
Don’t know just how long more
Even if I stay now
My heart’s no better than it was before

But would you leave the light on?

[Chorus]
피어날지도 몰라 (Maybe, maybe, maybe)
사라질지도 몰라 (Maybe, maybe, maybe)
마치 없었던 것처럼
아무 의미 없이 기다린 거라면
But you know I have to stay

[Verse 2]
Darling I’m swept in a love that has no form
I feel enthralled
And my breath is loudest in this quiet fog
And so I’ll speak
And he hears me
He hears it all

[Chorus]
Maybe it’ll come up alive (Maybe, maybe, maybe)
Maybe it’ll come up dry (Maybe, maybe, maybe)
Maybe it’s all a disguise
To keep me here
But you know I have to stay
He told me it’s gonna be great

[Bridge]
I’ve been trying to find the right words but all I can muster is it’s
A Rumble Under My Toes

[Chorus]
피어날지도 몰라 (maybe, maybe, maybe)
사라질지도 몰라 (maybe, maybe, maybe)
마치 없었던 것처럼
아무 의미 없이 기다린 거라면

[Outro]
But you know I have to stay
He told me it’s gonna be great