HOLY POPES, a garage post-punk band based in Bristol, England, has released the music video for their new single ‘APPLES’, released on February 8th from Man Demolish Records!
This is his first new song since his debut album released last year, and the content is about systemic corruption in the police.
Her debut single was ‘DBT’, which means days overdue, and she sings about how the entire social system is based on debt, and the songs that follow also have a direct, emotional sound that makes sense to me, as the focus is on anger. Although it is a vocal, the arrangement has depth and is exquisite. Being a band that formed after long careers, it is important for them to stay cool.
HOLY POPES – APPLES
“The arrest, and later conviction, of a serving police officer within the MET for two decades of horrific crimes against women summarised a rage that had been building for years. Combined with the murder of Sarah Everard—again, by a serving police officer—as well as the Casey review documenting institutional racism and misogyny within the MET police, there was no way this song could not spill out of us. Too often we refer to these incidents as ‘rotten apples’…but with the evidence of corruption, silencing and solidarity within the ranks of the police, it’s not one rotten apple; the whole barrel is rotten. We do not consent to violence, racism or misogyny. If this is policing by consent, what is the option other than to oppose it?”
The arrest and subsequent conviction of a serving Metropolitan Police officer for horrific crimes against women over a 20-year period summed up anger that had been building for years. Coupled with the murder of Sarah Everard (also by an active duty police officer) and the Casey Review documenting systemic racism and misogyny within the Metropolitan Police, there was no way this song wouldn’t fall on our minds. We often refer to these cases as “rotten apples,” but the evidence of corruption, muzzling, and solidarity within the police force shows that there is not just one rotten apple, but a whole barrel of rotten apples. We do not agree with violence, racism and misogyny. If this is policing by consent, what choice do we have but to oppose it?
Posted on 2024.02.09