‘It’s A Lovely Day Tomorrow’ is the new single by Tribes of Europe & Barbara Stretch, released by Integrity Records across all major digital platforms (29th November 2019) and on limited edition CD (6th December 2019).
Penned by Irving Berlin in 1938 and seen by many as a festive favourite, it was in fact written as a war song in response to the so-called Munich Betrayal when conflict with Hitler was avoided by allowing Germany to annex the Sudetenland region of western Czechoslovakia.
The second collaboration between Fenland-based Tribes of Europe and former feminist punk iconoclast Barbara Stretch features additional vocals by Max Taylor (MIKA, Lily Allen, Clor) and drums by Andy Gangadeen (Massive Attack, Chase & Status, Jeff Beck).
Loosely based on the version released by Vera Lynn to lift spirits during the Blitz, multi-instrumentalist Martin Elsey has put his own Tribes of Europe twist on this classic track which he feels is just as relevant today:
“What happened to the ‘lovely tomorrow’ Vera Lynn was singing about? For a while things got better – decent affordable housing, the NHS, effective vaccination campaigns, building stronger ties with Europe to help keep some peace. Then, after years of austerity, and now the Brexit fiasco, the lyric just seemed to become more and more poignant.”
Previous singles by Tribes of Europe, including recent Barbara Stretch collaboration ‘You Don’t Speak For Me’, have enjoyed support on BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Tees and BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction.