Declan McKenna has never been one to shy away from political issues in his songwriting and his new track ‘British Bombs’, his first release since his debut album over two years ago, is surprisingly no different.
‘British Bombs’ was released on the 19th of August alongside an appropriately clever music video. The song is a look at British foreign policy and the hypocrisy of our attitudes to war and arms trading. The track is the perfect pop-punk, political song with an incredibly catchy melody and poignant lyrics.
A short study of those lyrics and there's no doubt about it, the song makes you think and question your own views. A rarity in most contemporary music. Despite being a political track, the song is upbeat and far from depressing, despite the subject matter. Declan has shown his integrity as an artist by donating the proceeds of the single to charity.
The reaction online has been overwhelmingly positive to Declan’s new material. Despite this not being his first foray into writing music with strong political themes, the artist who is signed Columbia Records is now no longer alone.
In the past few months, we’ve seen The 1975 team up with climate change activist Greta Thunberg and Taylor Swift urge her fans to sign a petition to support the Equality Act at the end of her 'You Need To Calm Down’ music video. The amount of artists channeling political issues into their work certainly seems to be growing. Living in times of Trump, Brexit and the ongoing climate crisis has certainly fuelled the subject matter of more and more artists songwriting.
There’s certainly an appetite for it. Music has always been a solace in times of political uncertainty and an avenue to vent anger and call for change. With a whole generation more political engaged as ever, this is only the start of the important role of music and musicians in the current political landscape.