A glorious, dizzying fairground waltzer ride of a single – scream if you wanna go faster, riders!
‘Fight Fire With Fire?’ is the new single by Tribes of Europe & Barbara Stretch, released on 4th November 2022 (INT 098) on all digital platforms and limited edition, hand numbered 7” lathe-cut black vinyl (available from the Tribes of Europe Bandcamp page).
With the classic vocal of Barbara Stretch, former frontwoman of Pye Records’ soul sensations The Vernons, to the fore, the Ely Fallen Angels Choir led by CREEPY NEIGHBOUR’s Max Taylor add layers of joyous harmonies to this building 60’s style space pop stomper with a strong political undertone.
Tribes of Europe, the alter ego of Fenland-based multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Martin Elsey, are joined on ‘Fight Fire With Fire?’ by Andy Gangadeen (Massive Attack, Chase & Status) on drums, Phil Cambridge (Kensington Symphony Orchestra) on trombone & trumpet, and Chris Taylor (Poison Girls, The Bays) on bass and co-production duties amongst the resident chickens at the wonderful Bluebarn Studios in the Cambridge countryside.
Martin describes the thinking behind the new single:
“The motivation for the song was the creeping fear watching democracy across the world get more and more squeezed and ‘played’ as we get further into the 21st Century. Populists, oligarchs, autocrats … all seem to feel like their moment has arrived. Sooner or later each individual has to decide how they’re going to respond to that.”
Previous singles by Tribes of Europe & Barbara Stretch have enjoyed national support on BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Ulster, BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction and various regional shows.
“An instantly catchy and uplifting retro-futuristic creation” – Get In Her Ears
“Unashamedly ‘60s but with a new twist” – Steve Lamacq, BBC 6 Music
“The whole goddamn super-group bring their A game on this one” – LWM