'School of Rock' Brian Falduto Unveils New Song About Dating Problems

‘School of Rock’ Brian Falduto Unveils New Song About Dating Problems

Brian Falduto was once known for uttering the memorable line, “You’re vulgar and I hate you,” as Billy in 2003. School of Rock. Two decades later, he’s rocking out in real life as a country musician.

On Friday, the 30-year-old artist released an anthemic new single titled “Big Boys Club” about finding serious love as a gay man within a landscape that can often seem filled with disillusionment and lustful connections.

“‘Big Boys Club’ came about because I was kind of sick of dating. I mean, dating, particularly in queer culture, can be exhausting. It’s a series of first and second dates, waiting for answers, bad communicators, disappointment, swiping that amounts to nothing, being ignored, feeling undesirable, having bad sex with strangers and ghosts,” Falduto tells PEOPLE in an exclusive statement. “The list goes on because the efforts are limitless.”

He continues: “I wanted to write a song that celebrates those of us who are consciously moving away from toxic dating patterns and striving to show ourselves in a more intentional, vulnerable, and relationally fulfilling way.”

The song follows his latest releases, “Hottest Guy Here” and the viral “Same Old Country Love Song,” as the third single from his upcoming EP, gay country.

Shortly after the release of “Same Old Country Song” last year, the song garnered millions of streams via TikTok, where it was featured in Falduto’s videos. School of Rock co-star Jack Black and influencer Tate Hoskins.

“It’s been incredible, to say the least,” says the musician of the success. “As an independent artist, I spend a fair amount of mental energy self-validating my efforts because if all your work is based on external standards of success, you’ll run out of gas fast. But I’d be lying if I downplayed how meaningful the messages of support and support have been. encouragement I’ve been getting.”

Brian Falduto.
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In 2021, Falduto spoke to PEOPLE about how to play the “gay kid” in School of Rock it made it difficult for him to come to terms with his sexuality growing up.

“I was denying it before I had a notion of what [being gay] I was,” he said at the time. “So by the time I realized I was potentially gay, I was already homophobic with myself, essentially.”

Brian Falduto.

Today, he not only feels secure in his identity, but also helps others on the same path. “Just this morning someone slipped into my DMs to tell me that they and their partner love [‘Same Old Country Love Song’] so much so that it will be the first song they dance at their wedding,” says Falduto.

He adds: “I’m so thankful and just trying to soak it all in so I don’t miss this moment. It’s also just a testament to how many queer people have felt left out by country music for so long.” I hope the song continues to find those who need it most. Country music is no longer an exclusive genre.”

“Big Boys Club” is now available to stream and purchase.

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