Arena attack song has mayor’s seal of approval
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