The 1975/Greta Thunberg’s Climate Essay And Alex From Glasto’s Single Are Making Us Want To Burn (For Entirely Different Reasons)

(For clarification: The 1975 – good, Alex from Glasto – bad)


by Bonnie McLaren |
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It’s a morbid day in the world of music. Two new massive tracks have been dropped this morning – and, on the hottest day of the year, they’re both giving us ‘we’re all going to burn in hell’ vibes.

(Both for very different reasons, though.)

Coincidentally enough, on this sweltering day, The 1975 have dropped the first track from their upcoming album Notes On A Conditional Form which features an essay penned by climate activist Greta Thunberg.

It isn’t easy listening - over ambient music, the 16-year-old calls for ‘civil disobedience’ and says ‘it is time to rebel’, calling for us to stop emitting greenhouse gasses.

Like their last three albums, the song (called The 1975) won’t be a single, but the first track on their next LP.

Yet again – like when the band used their winning BRIT Awards speech to call out misogyny in the music industry – the group are using their platform to amplify issues they care about.

On the other hand, you have Alex from Glasto’s new single, which is giving us bad vibes, for reasons entirely different to the climate crisis.

In case you forgot, a month ago, the 16-year-old was brought on stage by Dave to rap his and AJ Tracey's hit Thiago Silva – and kind of became a national hero.

It was a sweet moment, but brands like Boohoo Man were quick to offer the teen deals.

And now he’s being offered music, apparently.

Released last night, as you can probably tell by the title What Ya Kno’ ‘Bout That Bro? it is absolutely fucking terrible.

A rushed rap which has been released quickly to cash in from his viral fame since his cameo at Worthy Farm – when, actually, the only person who should be benefiting from this is Dave himself.

While it might be slightly scary to face up to what we’re doing to the planet, I’d much rather listen to that than a meme.

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