“‘Excuse’ is just a direct call out to people who talk a big talk but don’t actually do anything, especially about their own problems or their own situations. One thing I can’t really tolerate is complaining, because while I value the power of venting, and commiserating, it gets to a point where complaining is just an excuse to not do anything, not make the changes that would fix what you’re complaining about. I’m kind of a bad listener in that way, like a bad ear to bend, because it’s my nature to go straight to the source of what’s wrong, identify it, and figure out how to fix it. Whatever it is. And when people don’t really want to do that (because it is oftentimes something that is going to be difficult) I get fed up, and ‘Excuse’ pretty much lets you know how I feel about that.
I’ve said that ‘Wicked Will’ is an album that I find to reflect a lot about my relationships with women: my interactions, observations, perceptions on gender roles and assumptions, behavior, etc. ‘Excuse’ makes itself pretty clear, and it’s actually a conversation I’ve had. The music and the performance of the song reiterate my frustrations, which is a big part of our sound together as a band. If you don’t understand the words that are coming out of my mouth, the music will let you know for sure.” —Singer and guitarist Coco Hames, via Culture Bully
The music video for “Excuse” stars Patton Oswalt and was directed by Tom Scharpling. The track was released on the Ettes’s 2011 Wicked Will LP.