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Thursday 14 February 2019

Chaos From The Top Down: Stereophonics New One-Off Song Is In Tune With Current Political Climate

Stereophonics have given a surprise release to new song Chaos From The Top Down. The song follows on from their latest album, Scream Above the Sounds, which reached No.2, back in late 2017.
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Frontman Kelly Jones says of the new song:

"'Chaos From The Top Down' is a song sung from the imagined perspective of a fifteen-year old boy laying in the road after being shot. 

"He's reflecting in his time of dying about his life and the choices he made through the lack of options and opportunities he felt he had in today"s Britain. 

"It also touches on the tags and labels that have been stuck on him. The stereotypes and clichés that were placed on him. It"s based on a true story that happened just outside my street. It's happening everywhere. 

"I've always written about what's going on around me or within me since 'Local Boy In The Photograph' in 1996. 

"It doesn't fit into the style of the album I'm writing - the current political climate inspired me to release it now." 


The band formed in 1992 and are one of the most successful Welsh rock acts. Upon their release of Pull the Pin (2017), they achieved five consecutive UK number one albums.

Discussing Chaos From The Top Down further Kelly says:

"I remember being that age - vividly. Making choices in a working-class mining town - some right, some very wrong. 

"I found inspiration in a boxing gym, mixing with older guys while listening and learning discipline. 

"Now, I have kids becoming teens and walking them past a murder scene to get to school makes an impact. 

"I don't want this to be dark and all doom n' gloom, as music is meant to be a release, but at times it's also there to inform or provoke us. 

"I'm sure like I had, these kids who are victims of knife or gun or any attacks, had other hopes and dreams. 

"The streets are changing in London just like they are changing in Wales and everywhere else. 

"Police stations are being closed-down all over the place, just like the youth centres being closed down from lack of funding - it goes on and on. 

"This band began in a youth club. People need ambition and something to inspire them. We all need a purpose to our days. Without it, the devil makes work for idle hands to do."

To Purchase Stereophonics' new song 'Chaos From The Top Down'  CLICK HERE.

by: Mike Cobley




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