“You know with this climate at the minute everything is changing,” London-based Joe Innes tell Quenched Music. With his new album ‘Foreign Domestic Policy’ taking years to finally arrange, it’s hardly surprising it’s become a labour of love for the self-confessed post-Brexit indie songwriter.
“It took it’s time but that’s because in the time I began writing it, I’ve got married, we’ve had a referendum and Trump. There’s almost too much change, but we need people to document and challenge,” Joe said. “It’s what I’m hoping to do.”
Joe Innes & the Cavalcade are hoping to promote discussion. The acknowledged left-leaning musician has a history of submerging himself within politics. And here in his latest album, which was released on May 26, it’s at the very forefront of his words. Take ‘Moscow’. Angelic in temper with a gleaning post-punk shine, it portrays the struggles of seeing a loved one move away.
“I dreamt you were moving to Moscow,” he muses. “Protest turns to ash in my mouth though, I don’t even tell you to not go, and I don’t know why.” It’s the hidden observations that dissect relationships that are at the crux of Joe. Fellow track ‘Little Rabbit’ a similar nod towards the zany, but this time given Badly Drawn Boy exuberance and a cracking Super Furry Animals beat.
“It doesn’t really faze me to be honest,” Joe said when asked about alienating the potential other half he is observing.
“I’m not here to piss people off, just look on and watch what happens and put my spin on it.
“All I know is in this post-Brexit times things will be changing and I want to be at the front of documenting what a mess it’s becoming.”
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Interview by Clive K Hammond