Tonight, we feel more than enthusiastic to exclusively premiere the latest single ‘The Hanging Tree‘ by the Newcastle’s “wild bunch” Radio Silence. This banger is an explosive blend of punk, psychedelic rock and 60s rock n’ roll, while its lyrics deal with “mental health during lockdown, the closure of pubs and social venues and the dire effect that the lockdown has had on people’s well being, especially the youth“.
Enraged, politically motivated, raw and an absolute anthem for today’s youths! Well done boyzzz!
‘The Hanging Tree’ is Newcastle psychedelic punk outfit Radio Silence’s first release with new band member John Gair. It is also the first track of their upcoming EP, due for release next year. It is a modern punk take on Beach Boys style 50s/60s rock and roll and surf music similar to previous single ‘Crank Bugs’.
Lyrically ‘The Hanging Tree’ talks of mental health during lockdown, the closure of pubs and social venues and the dire effect that the lockdown has had on people’s well being, especially the youth. ‘The Hanging Tree’ is being treated as the new place to be, and a play on the 50s ‘swinging’ terminology of a party and the more morbid connotations of suicide constantly switch between a party song and that feeling of something a lot darker.
Bass player Rob says: “Lines like “It’s 2 for 1, give everybody a loaded gun” hint at our political motivation and the government’s poor way of dealing with the pandemic (for example the ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme, putting profit over people and masking it with 2 for 1 deals). We wanted to allude to it without it being too in your face and allow people to interpret it in their own way.”