Premiere: Billy Raffoul breaks free on “We Could Get High”


Billy Raffoul, the velvet-voiced singer-songwriter from Ontario, ushers in his rock era with “We Could Get High,” a frenzied song for the provocative youth that lies dormant in all of us.
Stream: “We could get high” – Billy Raffoul


Do do you remember your first taste of rebellion? That feeling of invincibility as you faced the world, the fire overflowing in your chest? Do you remember holding someone’s hand for the first time as fireworks exploded inside you? Each moment seemed like an eternity. How could it be otherwise when these emotions have stopped time in its tracks?

Billy Raffoul – We Could Get High

Memories like these take us back like a shoebox full of faded Polaroids. Even if we walk away from those snapshots, the memory can rekindle the flame that burned so brightly when we were young and fearless.

For Billy Raffoul, this daydream is best shared in a packed house, hundreds of souls surrounding with one voice. Our memories may be ours, but the refrain is one of shared human connection. We have all known the joy, sorrow, sorrow and sublimity that takes over when our experiences cannot be captured in words. If an artist can bring us together like this, even for three minutes at a time, that’s real magic.

Drawing from his own memories of youthful rebellion, Raffoul unleashes a nearly unknown flamboyant rocker for the talent behind intimate works like “Acoustic” and “Until the Hurting is Gone.” It charges on the back of thundering guitars and a propelling bass line, not running, but sprinting towards a dream. What stands out is his latest single, “We could get high“, a burst of energy at the height of these fireworks which ignite our adolescence.

We’re hopelessly stuck in the moment
But it doesn’t have to be like this
We could get high
We could get high

Atwood Magazine is proud to premiere Billy Raffoul’s anthem to the joyful wreckage of the past, “We Could Get High.” His raucous guitars coupled with Raffoul’s intoxicating leather and bourbon voice invite the listener to revel in the mess – to relive those wild times when we learned who we were.

Dreamed up in the pre-pandemic bliss of 2019, he captures the nostalgia of his high school relationship with festive rapture. “My girlfriend was elected student body premier,” he explains. Despite her social role and expectations, she and Raffoul found themselves challenging their place in the world.

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I wanted [the song] have a Bonnie and Clyde feeling. It is about breaking free from the ties that we (with society, our teachers and our family) impose on ourselves. Or maybe it’s just cutting 3rd period out of your senior year of high school.

I was skipping school and learning things from you
I could not of my teacher
And when they said “Billy, explain your absenteeism”
I said “I’ll talk to the prime minister about it”

You could almost imagine throwing that last line in the face of a teacher before sneaking out to get high behind the dumpsters. But time and place are almost irrelevant. Through a scintillating slice of heart rock that would make Springsteen nod in approval, it taps into the moments of self-actualization we’ve all had, whether it’s challenging a teacher, s away from home or fall in love so deeply that nothing else matters.

With his latest song, Billy Raffoul invites us to dust off the shoebox and remember when we first broke free. He thinks we could get high – maybe not shrouding ourselves in smoke, but jumping above what everyone else wants for us. No matter the specific experience, it’s the power behind a unified chant when the chorus finally hits.

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Christy J. Olson