Folk-punkers and one-time Glastonbury headliners The Levellers are back with a fiddle-infused bang. ‘Truth is’, the first single to be taken off their upcoming album Static on the Airwaves, is instrumentally a fast paced slice of traditionalism. The jaunty, almost ever-present drumbeat coupled with their customary fiddle-work conjures up images of sunny summer fetes and village hall dances. The lyrics however, set quite a very different tone. Said to have been inspired by the economic turmoil the band witnessed whilst touring in Greece, the lyrics carry a warning, a sort of anti-establishment rally cry. With the chorus proclaiming, “…Truth is if I don’t make, then you can’t take, and if I don’t sew, then you can’t wear. Truth is if I don’t grow it, then you can’t eat, and if I don’t aim it, then you can’t shoot it…” the message of individual empowerment, sewn into the busy, happy rhythm, makes for a pretty yet political offering.
About Luke Deakin
Music is awesome. Well, some isn’t, but most is. I personally approve of Foo Fighters, Weezer, Sum 41, The Cure, Metallica, The Sex Pistols, Muse, NOFX and White Denim amongst many others