Fear is the new currency for turning us against each other, politicians use it, the media uses it and we lap it up. What is it doing to us? Fear releases the fight or flight mode creating tension and anger in already fraught situations. That’s not what we need. We need calm measured actions, which help us see each other as human beings and these situations as a direct result of ignoring that. This track is a musical exploration of Fear, distracting, and tearing us from our compassionate souls.
Fear is written in reaction to Brexit and anti immigration sentiment that pervades into Siobhán’s border life. She’s got a great community of folks from all over the world from America, England, Syria, Kurdistan and Poland who like ourselves have very strong reasons to detest borders.
I work in Derry, studied there, play gigs and have some amazing friends there. If Brexit goes through our peninsula will essentially be cut off the rest of Ireland. During my drives to Derry my car reminds me ‘You’ve crossed the border’ in an English female voice, I used field recordings from my car throughout the piece.
News audio from both sides of the border on the same afternoon are interwoven with pulsing drums, double bass, piano, vocal loops and repetitive lyrics building unease mimicking the media and politicians who pour out this Fear. I wonder if they ever realise the effect it has on our communities? Lyra McKee was murdered 2 weeks after we shot the video for ‘Fear’. Her death is the hateful effect these words have.