Declan McKenna’s ‘The Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home’ is his most emotionally charged song yet

With each release that Declan McKenna produces, we endlessly fawn about his songwriting talent, and how he can turn the most difficulty of discourse – transgender issues, race and religion – into deeply moving and thoughtful songs that also make you want to dance. It’s a complex, but fruitful relationship thus far. If you think that burgeoning attention is going to change him – you couldn’t be more wrong.

‘The Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home’, Declan’s genre hopping and pop masterpiece does nothing to dispute that claim. In fact, its the most emotionally charged song he’s produced to date. Penned soon after of the Paris terror attacks – it’s his response to the youth being excluded from political discussions, and at risk of those in power but with no voice. Its angry, sure, but peppered with just as much optimism to make things seem hopeful in the world – at least for a few minutes.

Here’s what Declan had to say about the new track:”The Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home is a song I wrote about being a young person in the modern world. It’s about wanting to challenge fears and be part of a movement of change, and looking for hope despite a lot of dark and horrible things happening around the world.


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See Declan live at his upcoming dates:

Dublin, The Academy, (w/ Cage The Elephant) (Jan 16)

Manchester, Albert Hall, (w/ Cage The Elephant) (Jan 19)

London, O2 Brixton Academy, (w/ Cage The Elephant) (Jan 20)


Norwich, Waterfront (Jan 23)

Leicester, The Cookie (Jan 24)

Birmingham, Hare & Hounds (Jan 25)

Liverpool, Studio 2 Parr St (Jan 26)

Newcastle Think Tank? (Jan 28)

Leeds, Brudenell Club (Jan 29)

Sheffield, The Leadmill (Jan 30)

Brighton, Patterns (Jan 31)

Oxford, O2 Academy 2 (Mar 21)

Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms, (Mar 22)

London, The Garage, (Mar 23)