BUILDING BRIDGES – FISCHER-Z
Their 20th album *’Building Bridges’* implies an alternative approach in this new Trumptopian era. The single *’Damascus Disco’* is a political Punk Funk that sets the tone for the whole album: “Unlucky people lose their heads / Little children bombed out of beds”. In the sing-along chorus, Watts concludes: “If we build bridges with love / Hey hey … It might be enough“. Further into the song, he says: “Bring San Francisco to Damascus Disco“. Love and peace must have teeth! These clear simple messages, compact songs, chunky riffs and memorable melodies will stick in your head. Be it in “Easy Money” with its massive guitars, in which he tosses barbs at banks and brokers, or in the folksy “Row Boys Row” (“They are left no options but fight or flight”), which depicts his view of the Calais refugees’ daily struggle. When it says in the ‘punky Beachboys’ style of ‘Let’s Put The Pressure On’ that “The ‘have not’ lobby needs a louder voice”, it’s clear he’s still championing mobilisation of people power to secure a fairer world. What a way to celebrate their 40th anniversary!