Declan McKenna – The Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home

Signing with Columbia, playing at Glastonbury and being included on the BBC’s Sound of 2017 poll are only one of the many things the 18-year-old Declan McKenna has yet accomplished. Besides all of the above and following the release of worldwide acclaimed singles like Brazil, Paracetamol and Bethlehem, the Londoner kiddo has just dropped this new one called The Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home which sounds like a beautiful guitar-driven alt-pop anthem.

According to the PR “the song was inspired by a series of events that occurred over the span of 2015, and was still a work-in-progress until the attack that took place in Paris on the 13th of November left him with a very real sense of fear and vulnerability he had yet to experience. Upon leaving Paris in the early hours of the morning, Declan realised that he had just experienced first-hand what he’d tried to express before in the song – the powerlessness of a young person in today’s world, experiencing the shock and the terror, and helplessly watching those in positions of power cause so much uncertainty for the future”.

The Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home will be featured on McKenna’s as-yet-untitled debut album, due out this spring via Columbia Records.

Tour dates:

16th January – The Academy, Dublin (w/ Cage The Elephant)
19th January – Albert Hall, Manchester (w/ Cage The Elephant)
20th January – O2 Brixton Academy, London (w/ Cage The Elephant)
23rd January – Waterfront, Norwich
24th January – The Cookie, Leicester
25th January – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
26th January- Studio 2 Parr St, Liverpool
28th January – Think Tank?, Newcastle
29th January – Brudenell Club, Leeds
30th January – The Leadmill, Sheffield
31st January – Patterns, Brighton
21st March – O2 Academy 2, Oxford
22nd March – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
23rd March – The Garage, London


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