We can’t go back to normal. Fiery and riff driven, Forty Feet Tall’s latest single is not just a song. It is the soundtrack of a revolution. Time to pick sides.
Read our discussion with the band below!
Describe your sound in 3 words
Live. Laugh. Love.
Tell us a few things about We Can’t Go Back To Normal. What is the main idea behind it?
We tried to write a straight ahead punk song without too many bells and whistles with a clear message. Whatever we thought was normal before the George Floyd protests and lockdown was in fact brutality and violence. We just finally saw a video that made white people get in the streets or felt a pandemic turn our lives upside-down and expose wealth disparities in a whole new light.
How Important are political statements by music artists? Can music have an impact on politics?
There’s always room for art for art’s sake, but as four white men with a platform, no matter how small, it’s important that we talk about issues like police brutality, climate destruction, class consciousness, etc. The light stuff. Music isn’t physical action, which is what needs to be happening at the end of the day, but it can change minds, make people see things from a different perspective, and allow people to empathize which is the starting point to anything.
How can we more effectively fight social injustices?
It should be obvious, but writing a song about this stuff is only the beginning. We can always be doing more and need to be doing more, but if some of the lyrics make one person more socially aware or start a conversation, we’ll take it. But conversations need to turn into action and as we move into an era that is more and more unstable, we all need to consciously take part in things like mutual aid and protest and build them into our daily lives. It can’t be a one-off march here and there, it has to be like getting your daily coffee, though this is obviously so much easier said than done and we struggle with it constantly.
Give us a song with a guitar riff you wish you had composed yourselves.
“Smoke on the Water” babyyyyyyyyy. No. Probably “Toe Cutter – Thumb Buster” by Thee Oh Sees.
Which is your favourite angriest album of the past decade?
There are many, but let’s go with “To Pimp A Butterfly.”
If the music of Forty Feet Tall was a film, which film would that be?
Hmmmmm “Everything Everywhere All at Once.”
What’s next for you?
We’re trying to be on the road a lot and just getting in front of as many ears as possible. 2023 is gonna be a good one
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