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Leo Brazil and his Twitch

He is putting the punch back into politics

He is putting the punch back into politics.

Musical activism has been a long time passion of Leo Brazil, 32, and his Twitch (his band), have been encouraging more involvement in good and political causes for years.

Now their latest album, which will be showcased at a gig tomorrow night in Byram Arcade, hopes to awaken more people to the importance of political activism, to try push for a better world ridden by war, injustice and recession.

You Were Born to Bow Down is a 13 track funk, punk, folk and ska infused dance tirade against global and national wrongs.

“I want to get people dancing while encouraging them to think about injustices and how they can do something to try stop them.

“There are songs about voting, war and the Government’s attacks on education and the NHS, which have improved the lives of so many people.

“I also sing about how people are becoming disengaged and how not voting just allows current ruling parties to get away with implementing damaging policies.

“I did a lot of reading around every topic sung about so can know that what I sing about it well-researched.

Leo Brazil

“I wrote most of the tracks in a couple of days while I was off work with concussion.

“It was stuff that had been bubbling under the surface for a while.

“There’s also two tracks, Something I Don’t Know and Far Enough Away, which were written by our bassist Dave, who originally penned them in the eighties during the Thatcher era.

“It seemed quite timely to release them.”

The band actually released the album last year but only now have had the chance to promote it.

“We didn’t do much with it because Dave had a stroke and our drummer wasn’t well.

“But it’s better late than never.”

It is the third band album.

“I’ve been making music myself since I was 16 and have done two solo albums.

Leo Brazil and his Twitch's latest album, You Were Born to Bow Down

“The other band albums were Egotesticle and Leo Brazil and his Twitch.

“I’m not sure how much chance we will have to tour it though because of our work and other commitments.

“But we do get to a few festivals every summer.

“So Huddersfield is and will continue to be our main gigging ground.”

Leo and his band will perform tomorrow at the Blue Jamboree for Hand in Hand for Syria to provide urgent relief to those affected by the civil war.

It is one of the many charity events that Leo and his band have taken part in over the years.

“We get asked to do a lot of them.

Leo Brazil and his Twitch

“They are important as it’s a powerful way of getting people involved in a cause and to raise awareness, as is music itself.

“Both at them and at our other gigs people come up to me at the end and say that it made them think about an issue more deeply, which is just the reaction I want to get.

“Hopefully, things like the current campaign to save Huddersfield’s A and E will get more people and keep them more politically engaged with wider issues.

“It is through getting together and taking action ourselves that we can try make a better world for all.”



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