A BAND’S latest single promises to be a beast of a hit on Wearside after the streets and scenes of the city inspired its lyrics.
British Sea Power’s singer songwriter and guitarist Scott Wilkinson wrote Monsters of Sunderland after walking through its neighbourhoods and speaking to his dad Ronald about its past.
Scott, 38, and brother Neil, 36, who also sings, plays guitar and bass in the group, were brought up in Kendal, but Sunderland-born Ronald, along with their mum Margaret, moved back to his home city around eight years ago as he enjoys his retirement.
Bookkeeper Ronald is championing the song to be played in the run up to matches at the Stadium of Light to rouse fans and inspire the Black Cats.
The tune references Seaburn and Roker Park and has made it on to BBC 6Music’s playlist, with the track given airtime by Sunderland’s own Lauren Laverne among other primetime shows.
The video for the single, out on Monday, October 28, features a polar bear playing football and wearing a Sunderland AFC scarf.
Scott said: “I was thinking about how a lot of cities have songs written about them, New York, Miami and London and other capitals and how they’re glamorous, and I thought it was a shame others didn’t get any interest.
“Sunderland is somewhere we talked about when we were growing up and it’s a lot like a lot of places we’ve played on tour.
“It’s where we visited when we were kids, with its sandy beaches, and now my parents live there, it’s somewhere we’ve started to visit again.
“People from Sunderland, I think, have got a good sense of humour and there is some silly stuff in there.”
Ronald, 87, said he first heard the song at a live music night which was put on by the band in Brighton.
He said: “I said ‘That’s a good song, you should put it on the album.’
“I think they’re a very good band, and that’s not just because they’re our boys, but because they love their music.”
Ronald and Margaret, who live in Fulwell, believe Black Cats fans should also pick up the song as an anthem.
“Last year, Sunderland were nearly relegated and I thought then, this is the sort of song at the Stadium of Light that would get 30,000 people backing them,” he said.
“It would be played out in the stadium, and the sound of it would get down to the changing rooms before the team come on to the pitch.”
Monsters of Sunderland is featured on the band’s fifth album, Machineries of Joy, which have been issued alongside two film soundtrack albums.
Although they could not fit a Wearside date on their last tour, the six-strong band have pledged to seek out a venue in the future, and have scooped a support slot with Editors, who play at Newcastle’s O2 Academy on Wednesday, November 27.