The collaborative single, “Reclaim These Streets”, is released via LOUD WOMEN. Featuring Siobhan Fahey (Bananarama), Brix Smith and Patsy Stevenson (the face of the Clapham vigil) amongst the 60 vocalists, the single aims to raise money for Women’s Aid.
Written by LOUD WOMEN’s founder Cassie Fox, the music is provided by a supergroup of artists from My Bloody Valentine, Salad and T-Bitch.
“Text me you when get home, keys between your fingers, staying close to streetlights, fear of shadows lingers” they sing. It’s a haunting realistic timeline of events when walking home.
Brix Smith said of the project: “When I was asked to take part I said ‘absolutely!’, because when I thought about it, not a day has gone by when I’ve not felt scared to walk down the street. And that needs to change, for all of us.”
Patsy Stevenson said: “I wanted to join this project because I don’t know a single woman who hasn’t been sexually harassed or abused in her lifetime.”
Cassie Fox said: “I wrote this song out of rage and frustration. Two women a week are killed by men. Refuge services are having to turn away one in two survivors of violence. And yet refuge funding has been cut by one quarter since 2010. This is a song of feminist solidarity and hope – all women and gender non-conforming people have a right to walk safely on every street, and be safe in their own home.”