Climate change is a massive buzzword right now, and one of its activists Greta Thunberg has been snubbed by a lot of big artists, according to 1975‘s singer Matt Healy and manager Jamie Oborne.
Recently, Healy and Thunberg collaborated on a new song based around climate change called ‘The 1975,’ and the track is set to open the band’s new album called ‘Notes On A Conditional Form’. The tracks profits will also go to an environmental campaign group Extinction Rebellion.
When talking about Thunberg, Healy and Oborne said that she is: “the most important person in the world to give a platform to. Other artists didn’t want to do it – it’s madness. Bigger artists than The 1975.”
Oborne talked about the new song in an interview and added: “We weren’t even going to release it until the album came out, that was never the plan.
“After we met her in Stockholm and recorded it, we agreed it just wasn’t a statement that could wait six months to come out. It felt like that would’ve made it a vanity exercise.”
Campaign group Extinction Rebellion released a statement about the climate change-related song, saying: “Greta you are an outstanding human. You were there when Extinction Rebellion launched back on Parliament Sq in London just nine months ago. Again and again you show your support in meaningful ways – from small kind acts to things like this. We salute you sister.” Adding: “Music has the power to break through barriers, and right now we really need to break through some barriers if we are to face this emergency. We are currently heading towards 4 degrees of heating for the world.”
Check out the track ‘The 1975,’below: