Declan McKenna has unveiled the video for his new song, “The Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home.” The video was directed by Bunny Kinney and filmed in Barnet, North London. It features a range of teenagers who are all engaged, motivated and active in trying to make a difference for their collective futures. While the teenagers have smart phones and social media apps, they are also alert, responsive and interact with the world around them. The video is interspersed with old stock footage of teenagers from past generations, equally as motivated to campaign and act for a better future. It’s a timely and inspiring watch.
Says Declan, “The video is about highlighting the genuine concerns of young people, and so in that light, it’s not all about convicting acting performances, but merely letting them talk. It’s something the human race has shied away from doing to its young people throughout history.”
“The Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home” will feature on his as-yet-untitled debut album, due for release this spring through Columbia Records. The new track follows Declan’s inclusion on the BBC’s Sound of 2017 poll, a recent performance at Radio 1’s Future Festival, his NPR Tiny Desk feature, a newly announced performance at the forthcoming Coachella and a healthy trail of media support throughout 2016 including performances on Conan and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
In a very short period of time, the recently turned 18 years old Declan McKenna has become synonymous with wrapping his alt-pop songs in smart lyrical content. It’s been a timely arrival for this young British musician who doesn’t proclaim to have all the answers, but believes it his duty to at least pose a few pertinent questions. Declan’s activism does not come at the expense of his ear for a melody, with “The Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home” as a prime example.
“The Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home” draws on Declan’s personal experience, partially inspired by the attack that took place in Paris on November 13th. 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 song is Declan’s rally against the widespread assumption that the younger generation are self-obsessed and merely glued to their mobile phones. Despite those very real frustrations, “The Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home” is a song that elicits a feeling of hope, and how ultimately the youth want to positively fight for change through both art and conversation.
Fans wishing to see Declan live can catch him at Coachella on April 15th and April 22, 2017.