UK pop-rock giants You Me At Six have just released a new track, ‘Our House (The Mess We Made)’, with which they’ve confirmed that all proceeds from it will go towards WIRES (Wildlife Information, Rescue, and Education Services), a charity who are in support of resourcing Australian wildlife.
Written late last year whilst the band were touring in Thailand, lead singer Josh Franceschi commented that the lyrics were inspired by the overwhelming feeling he had when seeing young people hitting the streets to spread the message of climate change and making efforts to save our planet. Following the news of wildfire spreading across Australia, the band took the decision to release this track as a stand-alone single to help raise money for the affected wildlife.
You can read Franceschi‘s full statement on this matter below.
“In March 2019 we were coming back from a North American tour. I was sat talking to a Geologist who was returning from a summit in Atlanta where it was confirmed that by 2050, large parts of heavily human populated areas would be uninhabitable. He said something to me that has seemingly stuck with me, ‘I’ll be long gone by then, but perhaps you, your children and grandchildren will have to live the devastation left for them by previous generations.’
My interpretation of this is that we are all part of the problem if we aren’t actively trying to do something to contribute to the issue of climate change.
We finished the song whilst recording in Thailand in October 2019. We were inspired to address the issue of climate change, but equally by the hope that the youth have given me. Never in my life have I seen a younger generation take to the streets to have their voices heard than on this subject. They want change, they want their futures back because our house is on fire, and we must act now.
Seeing footage of what has been happening in Australia, we felt compelled to do something to help those who are in need, both humans and wildlife. It’s for that reason we are using the most powerful tool at our disposal to help, music.
We are releasing this track as a stand alone single with all proceeds donated to the charity WIRES, who are committed to rescuing native Australian wildlife in distress.
Our hearts go out to a country that means so much to us.”
You can check out ‘Our House (The Mess We Made)’ below.
For more information surrounding the work of WIRES, you can visit their website at www.wires.org.au.