4

Need Inspiration to Quit a Job? Porlolo's New Song's for You

Porlolo wants to help you quit.EXPAND
Porlolo wants to help you quit.
Erin Roberts
^
Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

Sometimes quitting can be liberating.

That’s the message behind Porlolo’s new song “I Quit,” which longtime Denver musician Erin Roberts wrote about a mantra she had when she was sick of her of boss, struggling as a parent, frustrated with her partner and ready to give up.

“I always turn to irreverence to get through things,” she explains, and the phrase “I quit,” had been one she'd repeated in her head when she was frustrated with life.

The song, which she likens to Twisted Sister's rock anthem "We're Not Gonna Take It" and which is a grittier, alt-country cousin of Johnny Paycheck's "Take This Job and Shove It," emerged from the mantra, and Roberts would sing it to herself at work.

She decided to put the words into action. Her plan was to record the song and send it to her boss as a resignation letter. She and her band rehearsed it a few times, but ultimately she found a different job before they had time to lay down the track.

“I quit my job and immediately went into the studio the very next day,” she recalls.

Hear the results for yourself below:

It’s the first song she’s releasing from a new album she hopes Porlolo wraps by the end of the summer. The project is being recorded by James Barone, with whom she worked on Porlolo’s past two EPs and who has become an integral part of her band’s sound. Porlolo's Awards, from 2018, was recognized by Westword as one of the best albums of that year.

As for "I Quit," the song risks being nihilistic, but it isn't. Sometimes leaving a bad situation is the right thing to do, and Roberts hopes it inspires other people to quit things, too.

“It’s supposed to be an affirmational song,” she explains. 

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.