Belfast punks Enola Gay have today unleashed their third single, “Salt”, and just like those that have come before it (like “Through Men’s Eyes”), it doesn’t hold back on displaying their unchecked feelings about modern life. They say:
“Written the night Boris Johnson became Prime Minister, bleaching the fresh wound from leaving the EU, Salt spits at our current political climate. We wanted to write a track that captures what this nightmare full of uncertainty that we’ve all been through and how it terrifies us young people for not only our generation but future ones to come.”
Full of vigorous and visceral playing – guitars distorted into grinding gears, bass like jackboots, drumming like bodies hitting the floor – “Salt” is a warzone. Enola Gay are here to send a message to all those who meekly accept what the British government does as if it’s harmless; “Why’d you slugs vote for the salt / Brainwashed by the Tory cult,” they begin in the breathless, near-rapped verses. As the muscular sonics pulverise from all sides, Enola Gay don’t let up on the harsh truths: “Stop voting for trickle-down economics / With the next generation left with no food in their stomachs.” They bring all these ideas to a fist with the powerful repeated statement, “You’ll go blind by staring at The Sun”, referencing the tabloid newspaper that has continually lied and projected hatred into the minds of the numb British public. They may be young, but Enola Gay know exactly what they’re fighting against – and “Salt” is a statement of bloody intent.