The The – We Can’t Stop What’s Coming

One of the highlights of Record Store Day 2017 was The The’s first new single in 15 years. We Can’t Stop What’s Coming is a tribute to The The frontman (and only constant member) Matt Johnson’s brother Andrew, who designed many of the band’s record sleeves and who passed away last year. It’s the third time Johnson wrote a song about the death of a close family member, after Love Is Stronger Than Death (for his brother Eugene) and Phantom Walls for his mother).

We Can’t Stop What’s Coming features former The The members Johnny Marr, Zeke Manyika and James Eller, on guitar, percussion and bass respectively. The female vocalist is Meja Kullertsen. The song was recorded live in one take during Matt Johnson’s first performance in 15 years, on his own radio station.

After quickly selling out the always too low number of vinyl 7”-es (2000 copies, not kidding), the track has now also been made available via streaming services.


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