When I first met teenage prodigy Declan McKenna back in June, he admitted to me, “I don’t know why I end up writing about such heavy topics”. He’s got a point. On debut single ‘Brazil’ he tackled FIFA corruption, then follow-up ‘Paracetamol’ commented on the media’s portrayal of transgender issues and most recently ‘Bethlehem’ – the tricky topic religion of religion.
You’ll be relieved to know though that on new single ‘Isombard’, Declan doesn’t pull any punches once again. “The idea of ‘Isombard’ is basically about this right wing Fox News-type TV presenter trying to justify things like police brutality and xenophobia, and using cases for backwards political gains, but completely fumbling over his words and not really knowing what he’s talking about” he says.
While his voice for a generation tag continues to hold weight, the hyperactive single pinballs around with energetic synths and showcases his knack for that all important killer chorus – a result of his ever-improving song-writing qualities. If these heavy topics continue to produce such potent, thought-provoking and catchy indie-bangers – then we’re all for it, Declan.
Check out the video below
Declan McKenna Live (w/ Blossoms):
23rd September – O2 Institute, Birmingham
24th September – Bierkeller, Bristol
26th September – The Junction, Cambridge
27th September – Waterfront, Norwich
29th September – O2 Forum, London
30th September – The Academy, Manchester
1st October – O2 ABC, Glasgow
3rd October – Riverside, Newcastle
4th October – The Leadmill, Sheffield
5th October – Beckett University SU, Leeds
6th October – Nambucca, London (Headline Date)
7th October – Rock City, Nottingham
8th October – Neighbourhood Festival, Manchester