Don’t Fear The Natives tackle mica in new song

A Donegal band has added a new dynamic to the mica campaign by launching a song about it across digital platforms.
‘We Don’t Wanna Hear A Thousand Reasons’ is the powerful new single by  Buncrana rockers Don’t Fear The Natives.
Dedicated to “the mica families and their ongoing campaign for redress”, the song pulls no punches in addressing the scandal.
“There’s a price to pay but it’s not our doing/And now it’s clean-up time, look at the mess you’re making/You turned our lives to hell and all those lies won’t save you/Another soul to sell, turning mothers into numbers/ Living hand to mouth and our houses coming down…”
‘We Don’t Wanna Hear A Thousand Reasons’ was co-written by Claire McDaid whose home is disintegrating due to mica.
Claire’s band mate Denis Kelly told the Donegal news how the song started out life as a clip on social media.
“We had this tune and when we came up with the lyrics we found they really sat well together.
“Claire posted a snippet of us practising it on social media and Rory Donaghy from Blast Furnace Recording Studio in Derry rang us up and said that if we wanted studio time he would give it to us.”
Don’t Fear The Natives said that with so much going on regarding the mica campaign, they weren’t sure if people really wanted to hear a song about it. So rather than get into the actual debate, they decided to use the mediums open to them to get their point across.
Claire McDaid said, “We’ve marched and hit the media but we reckon we can also open up another front in the battle by putting our campaign firmly in view of music followers, bands, artists, stations and across digital platforms, here in Ireland, Europe and across the world.”
What ‘We Don’t Wanna Hear A Thousand Reasons’ also does is get the message out to a national and international audience in terms of what mica families are going through.
The redress package has divided opinion since being tabled by Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien and the hope is that the song will lay bare the facts of what it is like to live in a crumbling home.
Denis said, “We wanted a song that was more like an anthem, something people could get around. And the response from the families has been fantastic. We didn’t want to tread on anyone’s toes but they have been great about it and that means the world to us.
“Claire and her husband’s home has been crumbling for years and it has been heartbreaking to watch.
“So if we can take this crisis into another sphere, another area, then we will do our best. If it helps anyone at all, then we’ll be delighted.”
You can listen to  ‘We Don’t Wanna Hear A Thousand Reasons’ on Bandcamp today while an accompanying video can be watched on Youtube. It will be released across all digital platforms in the coming weeks.

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