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SALFORD RIOT FOR QUEEN DARKTOWN JUBILEE
 

Star date: 22nd March 2012

HIGHER BROUGHTON RIOT FOR DARKTOWN JUBILEE VIDEO

Never mind the Queen's Jubilee, here's Darktown Jubilee…

As the Queen comes to Salford tomorrow to kick off her Diamond Jubilee celebrations, a band called Darktown Jubilee has released a single called Breakdown, with a video showing riots shot in the tinned up streets of Higher Broughton.

The video stars top Salford actor, Steve Evets, of Cantona fame, but will the Queen be tuning in or popping up to Higher Broughton to see community destruction at first hand?

Full story here…


It could just be coincidence that in the very week that Queen comes to the posh part of Salford, MediaCityUK, a band called Darktown Jubilee is exploring another side of the city with the release of its debut single, Breakdown, and an album, The World The Flesh and The Devil.

The You Tube video for Breakdown has already had over 1,500 hits in its first 24 hours, and shows Salford actor Steve Evets caught in the midst of rioting youths to the backdrop of a surging indie-rock tune with the poignant chorus… `Breakdown, it's coming … Breakdown, it's coming…'

The riot scenes were shot in the tinned up Cardiff Street in Higher Broughton, previously a film set for Coronation Street (see here) and the ITV Rose West drama (see here). This street and other streets in the area are ironically being demolished this week as the Queen visits the `new Salford' (see here).

"Unfortunately she'll only be given the best route through every town and city, I don't think she'll be led down that street in Higher Broughton" says Darktown Jubilee bassist Stuart Day "There was actually one house where a guy was living, while every other house was boarded up. I felt sorry for him but at the same time I admired him. He was really nice guy and parked his car around the corner and went into his house while we filmed the riot."

The song, Breakdown, also features the lines…
`Are we the only ones to speak of disaffection
We need each other more than ever for protection
Whatever happened to respect, love and affection
She'll take revenge for this abuse and your rejection…' 

While it hints at Salford's current predicament, Stuart explains that the song - despite its scenes of hooded youths robbing off and fat coppers running away - isn't making any political statement or glorifying the riots…

"It's about the frustration of life and the daily grind" he says "The song was inspired by the national story of a guy on his own doorstep being kicked to death by some kids on the street. That was the initial inspiration for writing the song but then these riots happened and it tied in nicely so we tweaked it.

"We can see it from both sides" he adds "We're in a deep recession and there's very little opportunity for people coming through; maybe they did just feel completely cheesed off with everything. But I don't think there was any great political motive, they weren't out rioting because of the poll tax, or mining strikes or anything, and I don't think they had any great political motivations as to why they were kicking down the doors of some local business to get their latest trainers."

Make no mistake, Darktown Jubilee aren't the Sex Pistols or anything. They just do a great line in songs, although that punk do-it-yourself ethic is still firing. With band members having been involved with mainstream record labels in the past, this time around they're controlling everything themselves.

"We've set up a label, while we pretty much recorded and produced the album ourselves with a friend" Stuart says "The way things are these days you can do it yourself through social media and everything. We didn't want to do a normal band video so we clubbed our money and used friends and friends of friends, and it looks like a higher budget video than it is."

Video director, Jason Wingard, who recently won the Virgin Media Short Film Award, came on board because he plays football with Stuart, and Steve Evets, of the Cantona film fame, agreed to be in it because he liked the CD.

"We thought he'd fit the bill perfectly and he's from Salford" says Stuart "I texted him last night saying the video was up on You Tube and he texted back saying he loved it. We're not people who usually rub shoulders with famous people but he was just a normal bloke."

Meanwhile, with the very un-normal Queen and Prince Phillip hitting Salford, Darktown Jubilee have the perfect release date, guaranteeing maximum hype.

"We could exploit it couldn't we?" ponders Stuart "The band's name is actually from an old black and white film and if you Google it nothing much comes up apart from us. But with the Queen jumping on our bandwagon she'll be hogging the Jubilee search engines…"

For further details on all things Darktown Jubilee see www.darktownjubilee.com or find them on Facebook

The album The World The Flesh and The Devil, and the single Breakdown are available on iTunes.

* See also the Salford Star story - Higher Broughton: The Assassination of a Community – click here

** See also Salford Star riot coverage – Reading The Riots – click here (and follow links)

Albert wrote
at 11:36:00 on 08 April 2012
Ian O'Brien is spot on! I was at the shoot taking pictures which you can see here: http://tinyurl.com/c9wh8pj I have to say this is a very well made video. Praise must be given to "The Rioters" too. They were just local kids, a few of whom aspire to be actors, and if their performance here is anything to go by they will achieve their dream. Well done to all involved, I wish you every success in your future endeavours
 
Nachtschlepper wrote
at 10:53:26 on 26 March 2012
Maybe if previous generations had taken to the streets & rioted the bunch of corrupt, venal gangsters running the country might have taken some notice & made some effort to improve things for ordinary people.
 
caroline wrote
at 09:58:42 on 26 March 2012
my dad came from the gutters of m/c .mum had 7 kids dad died young.He went in the bins for old food an had no shoes.Never did he steal, this gentration are spolit and greedy.Commmuity breakdown..
 
Ian OBrien wrote
at 18:17:46 on 25 March 2012
Nice song. The video is excellent. Not the streets of Salford or the rioting theme etc. But the actual video. It does indeed look high budget. Clearly the work of professionals. Well done to all concerned in this. To Caroline - I am sure it was quite a frightening situation for you and your son, but this story has been told, constantly, from the 'other side of the fence' by every major media outlet in the country, and as a story is has not really been told in an unbiased manner. The whole idea that the problem will go away if we can find a simple reason, or a simple place to hang the blame, is dangerous. If we can all go to bed at nights and say to ourselves - Well, it is okay, it was just a lot of thugs and theives and hooligans and the police will sort it out - then we leave ourselves in a very dangerous place going forward. This kind of thing will happen again and again and it will get worse and worse while 1% of the population live like gods among us, while the rest scrimp just to get by. Also, while the 99% look around and constantly see that the laws of this land, or any other, do not even apply if you are a police officer, a politician, or have more than around 10 million quid in the bank, there are going to be these kind of outbreaks. I am not these riots were, on the surface, politically motivated. The poor, working and underclass do not think in these terms or react on that way. The middle class, the educated, university class react in this way. They make banners and arrange protests and wear high vis' jackets and book coaches to London. The poor just eventually react. We do not have the educational vocabulary to make banners and book coaches etc. We lash out. Eventually, we lash out and we burn stuff. We steal from those who have been stealing from us for so long. Somebody very clever once said that "Riot is the final language of the oppressed". That is the truth of it. Do not think, just because things were looted and no banners were made screaming about cuts, education, tax or the price of petrol, that these riots were not the gut reaction to a failed and corrupt political system. Rant over :)
 
caroline wrote
at 05:43:18 on 24 March 2012
He needs to do a song from the other side of the fence. My son who was on the staff of All Saints Shop in Piccadilly saw Manchester people sceaming ...crying.. He had to lock the shop doors to protect staff and customers..I was phoneing..fearing for his life and others..I unaderstand breckdown of commuitys... but the decent public should not have to endure this. maybe also should not push so hard that these people have to respond this way,,,,,,
 
caroline wrote
at 14:29:57 on 22 March 2012
love the song..truth will out.
 
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