Arena at­tack song has mayor’s seal of ap­proval

Glossop Advertiser - - News - Jen­nifer Wil­liams

AMANCHESTER band are to re­lease a bit­ter­sweet trib­ute to their city and its spirit on the an­niver­sary of May’s Arena at­tack to raise money for those killed and in­jured and their fam­i­lies.

Prose, who de­scribe their sound as ‘ or­gan­ica c o u s t i c - h i p - h o p’, im­pressed the re­gion’s mayor Andy Burn­ham so much with their song Manch­ester Just Lost Its Sound when he saw them per­form it ear­lier this year, that he sug­gested they turn it into a char­ity sin- gle. The band played it again at an event held by the mayor – themed around home­less­ness – at the Sharp Pro­ject on Mon­day, wow­ing the crowd with their melodic, heartrend­ing verses about both the mo­ment that shook the city and the way its peo­ple vowed to get up and carry on.

It also touches on Manch­ester’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to help those in need, in­clud­ing des­ti­tute peo­ple out on the street, sum­ming up the city’s out­look with the line: “We are Manch­ester city, united.”

Singer Mike Mur­ray, 27, from Stret­ford, said the band had orig­i­nally been un­sure what to do with the song, not want­ing to make the tragedy of May 22 last year ‘ about them’.

But he ex­plained: “When Andy saw us play it, he men­tioned maybe re­leas­ing it for the an­niver­sary and do­nat­ing all the pro­ceeds to the vic­tims and fam­i­lies around the at­tack.

“We were hon­oured to be in­volved.

“We didn’t ac­tu­ally have a name for it orig­i­nally – but then Andy named it ‘Manch­ester Just Lost Its Sound’ and that just fit­ted.”

As well as the Arena at­tack, the song also touches partly on the is­sue of home­less­ness, which Mike feels par­tic­u­larly strongly about.

He said: “The home­less is­sue is close to my heart be­cause when I was 17, my mum moved away and although I had a big fam­ily and a lot of support, I still ended up sofa-surf­ing – and I felt like a bur­den and that I was weigh­ing on other peo­ple.

“So we touch a lot on it in our mu­sic.

“Luck­ily through mu­sic and support and fam­ily and friends, I’ve got back on my feet and now have two chil­dren.

“But a lot of peo­ple don’t have that lux­ury.”

The fi­nal ver­sion of the song will also fea­ture singers from the Manch­ester Sur­vivor Choir, founded and made up of peo­ple who were at the Arena on the night of May 22.

The sin­gle is due to be re­leased on, or shortly be­fore, the an­niver­sary with more de­tails avail­able soon on the band’s Face­book page.

●● Prose – with singer Mike Mur­ray, cen­tre – per­form Manch­ester Just Lost Its Sound at The Sharp Pro­ject

●● Andy Burn­ham en­cour­aged Prose to record the song

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