Written by: Mike Dimitriou
Within the triangle of the cities of Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield lies the peaceful kingdom of Huddersfield which is the hometown of our guest today, Cabinet of Millionaires.
England nowadays is trying to desperately run away from Theresa May and her horrors, only that she, our British friends, and all of us in the EU, cannot clearly even understand her terrible horrors. Is she mad about something which insulted her British lion-hearted pride, or is she another agent of the new world order? Is she only a stubborn lady who shall never accept another recipe for her Sunday cake, or is she the real wannabe destroyer of our hard-built EU snakepit?
Only time will tell if she will manage to drown her country into her own political/ ethical disrepute and to launch other similar “bombs” across our “lovely” continent Europa. All these are the common thoughts, that are blended with a few more internal facts from the British issue of the European working class which all of us Europeans love to hate sometimes but we certainly raise our glasses to because there once was, London Calling to the far away towns…
Let’s speak about music now.
“Theresa” is the brand new single from Cabinet of Millionaires (a name that I adored immediately since I am a fan of Jonathan Coe’s books), and it was released in January via Chocolate Fireguard Records. COM plays a sort of agit-house music with some electro-rock included, all blended with a certain spice of social disco, a ballsy soulful political message and some infectious grooves that will make you wanna dance and laugh.
The single includes four versions of the title track plus the b-side “Serve Me.” They bring a scathing attack on the austerity policies of the UK’s Conservative Party government, referencing the Windrush scandal, the Grenfell Tower tragedy, and a failure to take in enough refugees (whilst selling arms), not to mention the dismantling of the country’s National Health Service.
You’ll also find Steve Whitfield (The Cure, The Mission, Terrorvision, Klammer etc) contributing guitar on the original version of “Theresa,” and he also delivers a lush Donna Summer-meets-Underworld dance remix. As for the video, it pushes the message further, following a homeless busker around Manchester as he desperately tries to earn a bit of money with a useless Theresa May puppet before throwing it in the bin.
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