Alabama 3 singer Larry Love has vowed to record a theme tune for a new Brixton-brewed beer raising cash for local groups fighting Brexit.
Love, who penned the lucrative title theme to US TV drama The Sopranos, made the pledge to Gigwise at the launch party of Four Freedoms pale ale at the Whirled Cinema in Loughborough Junction near Brixton.
Love also performed a live set with the other band he fronts, O'Connell & Love at the party. Among the revelers enjoying the music in the front row was the Labour councillor for the Herne Hill ward, Pauline George, who gave a speech in support of the anti-Brexit beforehand.
“I'm virulently anti-Brexit,” Love told Gigwise before taking to the stage, “and combine that with people drinking and I'm there!”
After telling us he was planning to write a song to advertise the beer, he joked: “It could be a drill version or a folk version or a country and western version... We could do a variety of styles really.”
More seriously, Love added that the environment he works in is very much dependent on multiculturalism and “the sheer love and enjoyment of living in Brixton.
“I'm very, very wary of and disgusted by the decision to remove ourselves from that because of some fucking Tory grandee's half arsed desperate attempt to reclaim the empire, while blaming the immigrant.”
He said there was no way someone could live in Brixton and be complicit in Brexit. “I live with two Italians and two Irish,” he said “to me it's not about the brain drain or the financial drain, it's about the cultural fucking drain. I mean I love fish and chips and pale ale but I don't want to have them every fucking night.”
Four Freedoms beer has been brewed by the Clarkshaw Brewery in Loughboprough Junction, in conjunction with Lambeth For Europe and the Wandsworth and Merton branch of cross-party pressure group European Movement.
The brewery will be donating 10% of the sale price of the beer – symbolically brewed with a mixture of British and German hops – to the European Movement war chest. Activists hope that as well as raising funds, the creation of the 4.3% pale ale will make a positive statement about European unity.
The beer was launched the night before an estimated 570,000 took to the streets to demand a second referendum before we leave the EU, the biggest single march in the UK since a million people demonstrated against the looming Iraq war in 2003.