Scarlet Rebels will release their new album See Through Blue on 28 January 2022 via Earache Records. The band will also start a headline tour in January, where they will also be collecting for local food banks.
“As a band, we’ve both been outraged and disheartened by the actions of our current government,” frontman Wayne Doyle says, “and we knew we had to use our platform to help those who are struggling. It was so important to me to provide a simple and easy way for anyone to show their support at a time when so many are living in poverty and to show that if everyone gives just a little, it will make a huge difference.
“We’ll be doing a collection at every show moving forwards. Hopefully, this will inspire others to do the same. Start a street WhatsApp group, do a collection with your mates or your five-a-side team. It’s amazing what we can do if we work together.”
An album title of See Through Blue, along with the feisty artwork, fully nails Scarlet Rebels’ political flag to the classic rock mast. Their south Wales roots and socialist beliefs empower the band to talk about the terrible damage the political right have done to the social fabric of the UK.
“I don’t expect everybody to agree with me,” Doyle says, “but these are things that have happened. They’re facts. If people don’t want to listen, that’s tough. But the artists I grew up with talked about real issues, about what was going on, regardless of what people thought of them. We could have made an album full of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, but we wanted something real.”
Scarlet Rebels have released the single Take You Home, written as a tribute to performing live. “There isn’t anything in the world that can replicate the safe haven music provides,” Wayne Doyle says. “This song is for the people that live their lives for that one moment where a chord change feels like it could change the world. This is an ode to the power music holds in uniting us all; ‘for those who feel alone, raise your hands, and we’ll take you home.'”
I’m Alive was the next song released and is inspired by Wayne Doyle’s catharsis during the Covid-19 pandemic. “I initially wrote I’m Alive around the defiance of still being in a band and not leaving music to focus on ‘real’ life, as many suggested I should do,” Wayne says. “‘Real’ life is whatever you make it – especially in light of the pandemic. It’s unbelievable that anyone would try and draw someone away from their passions. This is a song for everyone who’s ever been doubted and stuck to their guns regardless. I salute you.”
The first single released earlier in the year was Storm. “In my head, I was questioning the decisions and actions of Boris and co,” Doyle said, “in where they were steering us as a country. It seems to me like they’re making decisions on our behalves that answer the immediate questions being posed but are just kicking the can further down the road expecting someone else to resolve the bigger issues.
“Brexit was sold to the nation as taking back control, but does anyone know what we’re taking control of? Or are we making it up as we go along? I fear that by the time we know the answer, the nation will be massively worse off.
“The video captures that fear and worry and also brings to life the propaganda that we’re swallowing every day, unaware. It’s healthy for people to question everything.”
See Through Blue can be pre-ordered from webstore.earache.com/scarletrebels. More details of the Scarlet Rebels food bank collections can be found at scarletrebels.com/food-banks.