Track Of The Day #902: The Purple Lights – Warning
East London duo Purple Lights go on the war path their debut single ‘Warning’, responding to the current political crisis that’s engulfed the UK of late with a bold and dramatic protest anthem.
Kicking off with the sound of air raid sirens and then drummer Akeba beating out a strident African tribal rhythm on his kit, the pair set about calling out the evil forces that are waiting to destroy civilisation, from multinational corporations to politicians looking to make capital from the current chaos. “Rich get richer,” sings their frontman Rob Fincham over an evil three-note riff, “get the bigger picture.” It’s like listening to Black Sabbath‘s ‘War Pigs’ re-rerouted through the Burundi-inspired beats of Adam & The Ants or Bow Bow Wow. Yes, that good.
Pop hasn’t been political for a while, but you’d suspect that the current turmoil will change all that. This is certainly a good start.
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