This is probably singly the most important song I think that we’ve ever kind of communicated because basically growing up in South Wales in the 1980s we experienced a lot of trauma. Our families, our communities were basically left out in the cold thanks to a conservative government who didn’t care about its own people or its heart, should I say. I grew up in a situation as a child, I remember this very vividly, when my parents had to buy food for my aunty and uncle to survive because my uncle was laid off in the mines because of this situation, my cousins couldn’t afford to eat. Basically communities and people across the entire UK felt that pang of hunger and starvation and children did die actually, this is a fucking true fact, so it’s a horrible thing to have to go through in your own country.
It left a mark on us, because we got told that basically through all of this filtered down, through all unemployment, through being told there was no hope, no expectations for us at all. We grew up with situations where a lot of friends of mine basically gave up on their dreams and turned to drugs and alcohol and felt that that was their only option, where us as a band, us as people said to kind of put it into something a bit more tangible, and bit more something we felt could communicate our frustration which was music.
And basically through all the years, through all the bands we’ve been in, we’ve come here to this point and this song was written basically as the biggest middle finger to a sense of people who felt that we couldn’t do anything, that we would never amount to anything, that we were just to be left on the fucking trash pile, to fucking be forgotten about.
It’s hard, because I look back on this now and there’s people that I’ve lost, friends who turned to alcoholism, who’ve died from alcoholism and drug abuse, and it’s sad.
This song is in memory to those that we’ve lost and to the spirit of strength, of never giving up, of never giving in, of no fucking surrender, and following your dreams no matter what the fucking cost.
Fight for what you believe in, I believe that, we believe that. This song is called History.Matthew Davies-Kreye