Review By Bobby Green
I’ve always been a fan of my lessons being taught to me by people I admire. Most of the lesson in life that have made me the man I am today were taught to me by someone with a guitar around their neck. Maybe if Mr Compton from Cardinal Wiseman had more rhythm then perhaps my career path would have been significantly different, no one knows for sure but I do know that you can sell sand to the Arabs if the advertising campaign had a catchy tune.
The Riptide Movement are looking to address probably the most important environmental concern our planet is facing right now with their latest single Plastic Oceans. Recorded in London with producer Chris Coady (Future Islands, Slowdive) there’s a firm backbone of the kind of slow-burning, melodic indie rock that has seen the act build a substantial following.
This summer sees the band continue their heavy touring schedule with a series of gigs and festival appearances in coastal areas, using the track to spread the serious environmental message that our beaches, coastlines, rivers, cities and towns need to be kept litter and plastic free if society is to help prevent our oceans from becoming even more polluted by plastic waste.
Speaking on the track, lead singer Mal Tuohy states: “We’re honoured that our music will help raise awareness of one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time. Our reliance on single use plastics is destroying our oceans, so well highlighted by David Attenborough in Blue Planet 2. As the saying goes, ‘there are plenty more fish in the sea’ but if we can’t stem the tide of plastic, by 2050 there’ll be more plastic than fish in our oceans. The future is in our hands.”
Plastic Oceans is a millions miles away from a lesson though, it is in fact a fantastic slice of music with an ear worm of a chorus that will stay with you for a long time……. An there beginith the lesson.
Plastic Oceans is out today.