‘You Don’t Speak For Me’ is the new single by Tribes of Europe & Barbara Stretch, released on 21st June 2019 across all major digital platforms and on limited edition CD.
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Provoked by the way in which the public are increasingly lied to and misled, Tribes of Europe knew of Barbara’s history as vocalist with late 70’s radical feminist group Jam Today and loved her voice, so the song was begging to be written. Co-production work by Chris Taylor, bass player with anarcho-punk group Poison Girls during the early 80’s, adds an extra dimension to a politically-charged song with unashamedly retro-futurist pop sensibilities.
Early radio supporters of You Don’t Speak For Me include Steve Lamacq (BBC 6 Music), Janice Long (BBC Radio Wales) and Bob Fischer (BBC Tees).
Previous singles by Fenland-based Tribes of Europe, the alter ego of multi-instrumentalist Martin Elsey, have enjoyed support on BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction and a number of specialist shows online.
Barbara Stretch, a fixture in the London punk/post-punk socio-political scene of the late 70’s and early 80’s, was part of a group who consciously rejected the male-dominated music business of the day in favour of creating a totally female band infrastructure with their own record label (Stroppy Cow).
Of the new collaboration, Barbara says:
“I was delighted when Martin asked me to sing You Don’t Speak For Me. It’s a song which, I imagine, in our present political chaos expresses how a lot of us feel.”
A limited run of CDs in hand-printed packaging will feature two additional instrumental tracks – ‘Crab Marsh’ and ‘Ysma Kego (Canning Factory)’ – recorded with Cambridge found-sound artist Karsten Koehler (Second Harmonic Generation).