Dub-flecked lullabies don’t come much more political than this. London’s Gemma Rogers has serious concerns about the road this country of ours is being steered down and on ‘New World Order’ she has a go at casually sussing out who’s really calling the shots, name checking “faceless clowns – you leave us choiceless” and feeling for the “voiceless people screaming out”.
With the gritty subjects at hand, some singers would be utterly ranting, but Rogers puts her sharp observational enquiry across in measured, nonchalant tones over a spacey, ska-gilded, child-like upbeat pop flow. She’s not letting anyone get away scot-free though, prodding the whole gamut of current day injustice – lockdown, over-medicating, inequality and quite correctly asking “surely all school dinners should be free”.
Gemma Rogers has spent her summer opening for Paolo Nutini in Brighton’s Stanmer Park as well as playing 5 sets at Glastonbury, including Strummerville, and has the Secret Garden Party lined up along with a show at London’s Lexington on 4th August – get your tickets.
‘New World Order’ has a video due at 5:30pm on 21st July over on YouTube, generated by our soon-to-be AI overlords, but you can hear the song right now on all of the streaming sites everywhere. We’ve got the Spotify link below for you: