The statement below, posted on Massive Attack’s Facebook page in response to the UK riots, is possibly even better than their last album. It certainly comes off a little more, let’s say, thoughtful than Franz Ferdinand vocalist Alex Kapranos reacting to the fire that destroyed the PIAS distribution warehouse in Enfield—costing some 150 independent record labels all of their physical stock. "Thoughts go out to all the labels who have lost their stock in Pias fire," tweeted the angular Scottish dandy. Oh the humanity, Alex, oh the humanity!
Here’s Massive Attack to put things in perspective:
In context with the complicit support of the government, the banks looted the nation’s wealth while destroying countless small businesses and brought the whole economy to its knees in a covert, clean manner, rather like organised crime.
Our reaction was to march and wave banners and then bail them out. These kids would have to riot and steal every night for a year to run up a bill equivalent to the value of non-paid tax big business has ”˜avoided’ out of the economy this year alone.
They may not articulate their grievances like the politicians that condemn them but this is absolutely political. As for the ”˜mindless violence’”¦ is there anything more mindless than the British taxpayer quietly paying back the debts of others while contributing bullets to conflicts that we have absolutely no understanding of?
It’s mad, sad and scary when we have to take to the streets to defend our homes and businesses from angry thieving kids, but where are the police and what justice is ever done when the mob is dressed in pin stripe.