By Jon Milton
Now that the world’s biggest hate preacher is on his way out of office, maybe it’s time for us all to start thinking about building a bigger table instead of higher fence. The lockdown has brought us a taste of what having our civil liberties taken away is like, and if the xenophobic British public can picture that alongside living in a war zone perhaps its views towards those that are less fortunate than ourselves might start to change for the better.
A band making a stand for community and creativity in the face of bigotry and consumerism are Tankus the Henge, with their new single, God, Oil, Money. If any song deserves to be number one this Christmas it should be this one, with its powerful message accompanied by a rousing Sgt Pepper’s meets Dexy’s meets White Denim stomp.
It’s a real ear worm too – first the melody gets you and then the chorus:
Folks point at their neighbour ‘You Don’t Belong’
Ask the same old questions ‘Where are you really from?’
Nothing Like that matters to me and my friends
Love is where we start, Love’s where we end
Frontman Jaz Delorean says of the track:
“We wanted to write a song for the times, for everyone to sing; a noisy, chaotic anthem you can launch out of your heart and hear it echoed back from countless different voices. This is not a time to be building walls, but breaking them down and building bridges with the debris. Living in a gloriously multicultural land should be celebrated daily, and the question "where are you really from?" often hurts more than people give away, as it doesn't achieve anything. The important thing is we are all here, now, and we can be community together, and stronger for it.”
The single is out now on digital and physical formats and 50% of the profits will go directly to the Flying Seagull Project, a charity who provide theatrical and circus-based entertainment in refugee camps across Europe. It’s taken from their new album Luna Park out in early December.
You can buy the single via: https://www.tankusthehenge.com/products/god-oil-money