The Subways guitarist Billy Lunn wrote new track ‘Fight’ after attending various marches during the band’s hiatus of 2016-2019, it was the Black Lives Matter marches in the summer of 2020. Further announcements about the bands new album will be released at a later date.
Commenting on the single, Lunn says:
“Fight is a letter in two parts: a gesture of solidarity with the Black community and communities of color, as they face their daily oppression at the hands of systemic racism; and it’s a wake-up call to the white community that such oppressions do in fact exist, and that we must acknowledge these oppressions and fight alongside marginalized communities as allies.”
The explicit nature of the song comes not only as a result of Lunn witnessing a vast number of allegedly socially-minded bands remaining silent during the protests, but because he believes the moment demands it.
“Though the Black Lives Matter movement has been around since 2013, George Floyd’s murder was a catalyst, and I felt that it required something beyond poetics and abstract references in song,” he continues. “That it took George Floyd’s murder being filmed and distributed online for society-at-large to finally, viscerally comprehend systemic racism’s presence is unacceptable. And I realized my own complicity in this ignorance. I therefore felt it crucial that the band’s first offering from the new album be a necessary use of our privileged platform.”
Lyrics spat out in Lunn’s unique way over a thin guitar line beefed up in the chorus as he really lets his anger fly. Coopers angelic harmonies do little to douse the flames. Fight is a welcome return for one of the UK’s punk bands with plenty to say.
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The single will be available on 7” vinyl with a variety of bundle options and comes with an exclusive political activism zine created by the band with advice for fans on how they can engage, inform, and mobilize on some of the most pressing political issues of our time.
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The Subways Young For Eternity Tour Rescheduled 2021 Dates w/ ART BRUT:
- 23rd Sept – Norwich // The Waterfront
- 24th Sept – Birmingham // O2 Institute
- 25th Sept – London // O2 Forum Kentish
- 30th Sept – Nottingham // Rock City
- 01st Oct – Bristol // O2 Academy
- 02nd Oct – Portsmouth // Wedgewood Rooms
- 03rd Oct – Portsmouth // Wedgewood Rooms
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