Taken literally, Hamoa Beach is a secluded area on the island of Maui in Hawaii, but that’s not what this song’s about. Ian Ball, lead singer of Gomez, has said that this song is about divorce, and I certainly won’t disagree with that assessment since it’s their song. But, for me, before I knew what it was written for, I found it meant more to me as an encouragement to get off of my ass and get after life.
And even if it’s not specifically about what I thought it to be, there’s something monumental and hopeful about the track. I doubt that the band would begrudge someone being buoyed by a track that was written out of something as painful as divorce.