Are you in self-isolation due to the coronavirus? Have you got a load of pent-up energy coursing through your blood? Do you want to dance the day and night away? I have a solution. Listen to Home Counties’ debut single, Redevelopment; it’s packed full of civil disobedience, defiance and rebellious tones. You’ll probably want to leave the house and steal a television from Argos after listening to this song, but please don’t. Just stay at home and smash an old chair against the wall or chainsaw a mouldy couch instead. It will deter those violation vibes.
Another issue with Redevelopment is the chorus. You’ll probably shout “redevelop, redevelopment” numerous times because it’s catchy as hell, but don’t yell it near any builders. They’ll grab their hammers and mallets and start hitting shit. It’s in their DNA. Aggressiveness isn’t the central theme of the track, though. It has a political agenda: “Estate town down and multi-storey blown up, condemned as a 1960s hiccup” – is likely referring to the UK’s worst modern disaster; the Grenfell Tower fire which tragically caused seventy-two deaths. You can read more about the incident here.
Redevelopment is a beautiful piece of punk history. It has empowering lyrics, a bolshie frontman, hypnotic guitar riffs, out of this world synth sounds, and is one hell of a tune. I can’t stop singing the socially-charged lyrics and have destroyed about two laptops screaming at politicians and their idiotic views. Thanks, lads.
Home Counties’ music will bring the Che Guevara out of everyone, which is vital in today’s insular society. Just don’t play Redevelopment near construction workers, landlords or around expensive items. Blast it loud in the garden and run around naked. Naughty.