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The Snuts rally against inequality on powerful new single ‘Burn The Empire’

"There is no place for fascism or oppression of any kind"

By Nick Reilly

The Snuts pose live
The Snuts, 2021 (Picture: Jacob Campbell)

The Snuts have returned with a powerful new single – you can listen to ‘Burn The Empire’ now.

The new track marks the first material from the West Lothian four-piece since their debut album ‘W.L’ pipped Demi Lovato’s ‘Dancing With The Devil…The Art Of Starting Over’ to Number One in the UK album charts earlier this year.

In doing so, The Snuts became the first Scottish group in 14 years to bag the top spot with their debut record since The View achieved the feat in 2007 with ‘Hats Off To The Buskers’.

It sees the band delivering a furious rallying cry against societal inequality, with frontman Jack Cochrane explaining: “I wanted the word ‘empire’ to feel open, almost rhetorical to what constitutes or qualifies as an oppressive factor in your life, because it certainly exists for 99% of people.

“We were driven to standup against the negative effects of big corporations on the everyday person. We all understand that these companies act ruthlessly and unethically in the name of profit.”

Cochrane added: “I think young people have always wanted a fairer and more equal society and it’s the voices of the old, the discontent and the ignorant that try and squash that. We believe in 2022 there is no place for fascism or oppression of any kind and we must burn the empire that represents it.”

The release comes after the band were forced to pause their show in Oxford earlier this month due to the inappropriate behaviour of male concertgoers.

They wrote on Twitter after the gig: “Apologies to everyone for stopping tonight’s show. We are absolutely furious to learn about the behaviour of male fans at our show in Oxford.

“This is a male problem and it is only the responsibility of males to stamp it out. No one should ever feel unsafe at our gigs and it’s your responsibility to report and call out your friends if they are acting like fucking animals.”