Wildcard (week 12):
Kid Kapichi – Can EU Hear Me?

Kid Kapichi are a punk band from Hastings, Great Britain. They just released their third album There Goes The Neighbourhood, which was produced by Nothing But Thieves member Dom Craik. It introduces us to their view on the world today, and that’s not necessarily an optimistic one, to put it mildly. More to the point, it captures the zeitgeist of the dissatisfying reality of living in the UK in 2024. Lyrically, the songs denounce ‘grey Britain’ and small-island thinking. Surely, not a message everyone will want to hear.

The long-player was preceded by four great singles, but one album track really stands out for me. This track, with a sound halfway Ian Dury and The Hives, is called Can EU Hear Me? Obviously, that’s not a typo in there. It’s a punch in the face of Brexit. “The worst thing that’s happened to this country in quite some time”, according to the song.

Still, the band manages to address the subject with the dry sense of humour and wit we’ve come to know from them. “You can’t just separate a tectonic plate, mate”, Jack Wilson sings.

On the website of the Union State venue in Washington DC, the vocalist further explains: “The brief was, ‘Let’s write the happiest Brexit song we can’! It’s sad to see it, but we make a big effort to make sure that whoever we meet over there knows that it doesn’t represent the country as a whole. That’s what this song is all about.”

Although it’s not a single (yet), Kid Kapichi’s Can EU Hear Me? is the new Carte Blanche Music Wildcard. This implies that it will be prominently displayed at the top of the blog for an entire week.

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