— Home!Less (@StopUKHomeless) 9 December 2016
The Levellers have given their support to a 38Degrees petition to end homelessness – a timely and seasonal gesture, for a band who never shied away from political statements. A tweet with video for the cause uses Our Forgotten Towns for the soundtrack, delivering a powerful message about the rising housing and homelessness crisis in the UK.
In the year which sees Levelling the Land celebrate its 25th anniversary, a Louder Than War review of their recent Bournemouth gig observes that the issues The Levellers tackle in their lyrics remain the same, or worse than they were when the album was written and the Tories were criminalising electronic music “characterised by fast, repetitive beats” and beating new age travelers to a bloody pulp:
The sad thing is that the songs on Levelling The Land are just as relevant today as it was when it was released. We are still seeing police scandals, unjust wars, racism and a government hated by the masses. The environment is still treated with distain and citizens are under state surveillance at a greater level than ever. The Levellers are still angry and that anger is reflected by every member of a sell-out audience who sang back every word of every song.”
It’s good to see them sticking to their guns after a quarter of a century. Time to go sign the petition.