|‘Reclaim These Streets’ by LOUD WOMEN is out now! We are delighted to bring you the first listen of our collective single ‘Reclaim These Streets’, released today with all proceeds to Women’s Aid. In the wake of the recent deaths of Blessing Olusegun and Sarah Everard, we hope to turn up the volume on current discussions on the issue of women’s safety. As the song says, “Until every woman is safe to walk on every street”. Watch the video here|
|The song was written by LOUD WOMEN’s founder, Cassie Fox, with a spoken word/rap section written and performed by Brix Smith. Instrumentation is provided by a female and non-binary supergroup with members of My Bloody Valentine, Salad and T-Bitch. DJ John Kennedy gave the track it’s national radio debut last week on Radio X, and called it a “feminist Band Aid”. Fittingly so! There are 64 contributing vocalists on this track, who form a who’s who of women in our music scene – and there’s even someone who was on the original Band Aid song … here’s the full list: |
Abby Werth, Amber of Hadda Be, Angela Martin of Bugeye, Bec Jevons of IDestroy, Brix Smith, Caroline Gilchrist of Hot Sauce Pony, Cassie Fox, Charley Stone, Debbie Googe, Debbie Smith, Dungareen Jean, Elis Sarv from Noise Noir, Ella Patenall of Naz & Ella, Emily Eagle of The Pukes, Emma Sky of Slut Magic, Erika Severyns, Estella Adeyeri of Big Joanie, Gail Something-Else of Muddy Summers & the Dirty Field Whores, Gemma Cullingford of Sink Ya Teeth, Georgie Willsher of Beverley Kills, Gilan, Harriet Doveton, Helen McCookerybook, Holly Carter of Berries, Jade Ellins, Janey Starling, Jen Macro, Jo Bevan, Joyce Raskin, Julie Riley of I Am HER, Karen of Hagar the Womb, Kat Five of Feral Five, Kel of The Empty Page, Kelly Chard, Kimmi Watson, Kristina Stazaker, Lee Friese-Greene, Lilith Ai, Liz Hayward of Ode to Sleep, Lorna Tiefholz of Rabies Babies, Marijne van der Vlugt, Michelle Marti of Girls Rock Indiana, Minni Moody, MIRI, Molly Energi, Nadia Javed, Ngaire Ruth, Nicki Mirage of Brazen Hussy/KNM, Patsy Stevenson, Paul Maps – Joyzine, Penfriend, Priya, Ren Aldridge of Petrol Girls, Ros Cairney of Deux Furieuses, Roshi Nasehi, Rowanna Chown, Sam McCann of Gender Chores, Shona MacMillan, Siân Alex of Gold Baby, Siobhan Fahey, Stevie B of T-Bitch, Suteki Hegg, The Pukes, Umbilica
|More about some of our featured artists …|
Siobhan Fahey The Bananarama and Shakespears Sister superstar gets the final, poingant words of our song. Video link above for candid interview.
Jo Bevan The frontwoman of Desperate Journalist joined us for our socially distanced recording session at Soho’s Dean Street studios.
MIRI Singer-songwriter MIRI added a soulful, dare we say, jazz finesse to the song when she joined our recording session.
Brix Smith The iconic frontwoman of The Fall and Brix and the Extricated, Brix wrote and performed a spoken word/rap section on the song.
Charley Stone Currently counting Salad, Desperate Journalist, MX Tyrants and The Fallen Women amongst her stable, Charley also releases frequent, excellent solo music.
Patsy Stevenson The woman the world saw forced to the ground by police at the Sarah Everard vigil at Clapham Common in March.
| Janey Starling Punkrock singer and Co-Director of the LevelUp organisation, Janey Starling explains her reasons for joining the campaign:|
“We live in a country where two women a week are killed by a partner or ex-partner and the government are cutting domestic abuse refuges, and they’re cutting rape crisis services – effectively the state has turned its back on women.”
Nadia Javed Nadia Javed of The Tuts jjoined us at Dean Street studios to record her vocals – and sang so beautifully her vocals were chosen to start the first lines of the song.
Jen Macro Jen Macro of Hurtling plays rhythm guitar and also sings on our single.
Debbie Googe Debbie Googe of My Bloody Valentine plays bass on the song – her trademark super-fuzzed, driving bassline hits hard from the start of the track.
Here’s what Tony Rounce had to say about ‘Reclaim These Streets’
A magnificent, marathon musical undertaking, ‘Reclaim These Streets’ gives the concept of the ‘Charity Single’ a long overdue and much-needed overhaul. For a start, it benefits Women’s Aid, and hopefully will help this worthy close-to-home organisation continue to “build a future where domestic violence is not tolerated” as their own mission statement proclaims.
Then there’s the fact that it’s great. Nah, scratch that – it’s actually fan-blimmin’-tastic! A thumping groove, a massively catchy tune and a big old shouty, sing-along chorus do everything you would expect them to do to sell the song’s straightforward and rightfully angry lyric. It’s a shame that we live in a world where it’s necessary to underline the gravity of a situation with a song like this, but as soon as you hear it – even once – you will be glad that several somebodies did.
There are 64 women involved in the making of ‘Reclaim These Streets’. You might not be able to pick out the individual contributions of the majority of them – although you can have fun putting names to the faces in the video, shot by LW’s favourite photographer (and why wouldn’t she be?) Keira Anee – but everybody who contributed gave their time willingly and with maximum commitment. I’m proud to be a colleague to several of them on Team LOUD WOMEN, none more so than our beloved leader Cassie Fox who moved this from ‘wouldn’t this be a great thing to do’ to ‘here we are in the studio, let’s make a record’ in a shockingly brief period of time. Like the baseball field in the film “Field Of Dreams”, our Cassie built it, and ‘they’ came.
If I listed everyone who did their bit here there would be no room to extol the virtues of the music, so in the interests of parity and equality I won’t – although I would like to mention that one of the less familiar voices here is that of Patsy Stevenson, the woman who suffered the ignominy of being – literally – manhandled by the police at the Clapham Common vigil for the late Sarah Everard. I’ll otherwise level the field by saying everyone’s contribution was vital. If you have been keeping up with the aforementioned LW socials, you will know who was on board anyway. They all deserve three cheers from those of us whose contributions were spiritual out of necessity rather than physical, and a thunderous round of applause for all who helped to make it happen. My hat and my whole head are off to each and every one of them.
Hopefully the day will eventually come when it will not be necessary to write and record songs like this – and I mean that in the most optimistic way, of course. Until that day arrives, those who fight against domestic abuse in all its forms can be proud to have ‘Reclaim These Streets’ as their anthem, and their call-to-arms. Although it’s one Loud Woman’s initiative, it would be a Record Of The Week (and of the Year) whoever instigated it.
I write this review as one of Team LW’s brace of cis-males-in-residence, but I have a wife and teenage daughter who I love very much, and who I would be prepared to kill for if either ever found themselves on the receiving end of male violence. Even though I am unlikely to be on the receiving end of such a thing myself, I can fully get behind everything that “Reclaim These Streets” stands for. Please buy it, stream it, play it, talk about to anyone who is prepared to listen (and given that it’s already been played enthusiastically on many radio stations, a lot of people WILL have been listening already), but most of all love it and continue to support the sentiments within the song. It’s been described as ‘a feminist Band Aid’ – but it’s not. It’s better than Band Aid. Tonight be glad it’s them, instead of Bono…
‘Reclaim These Streets’ is out now on all streaming platforms.
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