South London saucy warbler Matt Maltese (who was bloody great last night at The Old Blue Last in London - you missed it, you missed out, viewers) has teamed up with The Rhythm Method for the politically-minded ‘First Past The Post’ tour.
“There is a huge misrepresentation of the youth at the moment in politics,” reads a statement from both artists, “and we are once again at a crossroads that could change our long-term future. A landslide for the Tories seems depressingly inevitable and we want to use whatever voice we have to try and make some kind of a difference and encourage young people to turn up at the polling stations on June 8th. We can’t let our future once again be decided by the elderly just because we can’t be bothered to turn up and vote. This election is not about Brexit – something which Theresa May has cleverly banked on to steer clear of other issues in the UK - but more about choosing a better, more humane government. Not a party led by a sound bite queen that breaks the bank for nuclear warfare and privatises everything this side of the sun. But a party like Labour who want to politically address war torn countries such as Syria rather than bomb it, increase funding for schools and police, and actually address major injustices that have arisen in public industries thanks to privatisation. Politics can be serious, funny and stupidly complicated all at the same time. And this tour is about encompassing that and putting politics forward as something that isn’t complicated and, more importantly, isn’t reserved for the grannies and granddads. Like our shared musical philosophy, our politics is to be kinder, more honest and more hopeful. As the world caves in, we could take care of each other.”
£1 from each ticket sold will be donated to homeless charity Emmaus UK.
The tour calls at:
30 Hyde Park Book Club
31 Sheffield Record Junkee
1 Birmingham Ort
2 Newcastle Surfcafe
3 Leicester Cookie Jar
5 London Sebright Arms
Listen to ‘No One Won The War’ below.