2016 certainly wasn’t a bad year for Declan McKenna. Lucky thing. Tour after tour, loads of festival slots, multiple viral memes and he’s nearly finished his debut album. Can 2017 do any better for him? Of course it can. He’s already treating us with his new single ‘The Kids Don’t Wanna Go Home’ and were not even two weeks into the new year yet.
The track was inspired by a series of events of events that happened in 2015 and was a work in progress until the Paris Attacks. The bombings and shootings left Declan with a real sense of fear and vulnerability, and when leaving Paris he realised he had just experienced what he was trying to express in the song. This was the powerlessness of a young person in today’s world and how they helplessly watch those in power causing so much uncertainty for the future.
The track follows on from his previous politically-charged releases such as ‘Brazil’ and ‘Isombard’, and expresses how the youth want to fight for change through art and conversation.
Listen to ‘The Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home’ here:
Be sure to catch Declan at his upcoming headline tour later this month. He’s set to play eight shows around the UK between January 23 and 31. Full details are below, and tickets are still available.
Check out Declan McKenna on his upcoming tour:
23 – Norwich, The Waterfront Studio
24 – Leicester, The Cookie
25 – Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
26 – Liverpool, Studio 2
28 – Newcastle, Think Tank
29 – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
30 – Sheffield, Leadmill
31 – Brighton, Patterns
21 – Oxford, O2 Academy 2
22 – Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms
23 – London, Garage