President Street, are proud to partner with London’s leading refugee employment charity Breaking Barriers, ahead of the release of their brand new single ‘Back Home’ that aims to return some compassion and humanity to the refugee crisis.
Breaking Barriers are a unique organisation that provides an unparalleled service to address the systemic social and economic issues of integration from refugee communities. Breaking Barriers offer a holistic service designed to make sure that refugees can find meaningful employment that is commensurate with their skills, experience and qualifications. By doing so, helping their successful settlement in, an integration with, local communities. Breaking Barriers partners with leading corporations and organisations to provide sustainable employment.
Back Home, with its emotional lyrics and plea for a kinder and more gentle world, was penned in response to the current global refugee crisis. Pete, President Street’s main man, wanted to depoliticise the crisis and bring humanity into the conversation. He wanted to remind everyone that these vulnerable people are trying to rediscover where exactly their home is, and we should all be helping them with this.
“The song was quite challenging”, Pete explains, “the subject matter is pretty heavy but at the same time I wanted to make the chorus feel ‘upbeat’ and optimistic as I wanted the song to be about people getting the chance to find their new home. I wanted to show some happiness in the depths of tragedy. The world is so politically divided and I’m just trying to paint a more human picture”.
The accompanying music video, directed by Peter Nathan (who also directed President Street’s previous music video featuring TV star Kate Jenkinson), is a real work of art. The video follows the main protagonist as she endeavours to find a new ‘home’ after having to leave her home country. The video’s cinematography is truly artful and the acting performances give the video a true sincerity. Watch here
The track starts as it means to go on with rolling synths and dulcet tones. The song quickly gains momentum as it builds towards its percussion heavy chorus and infectiously catchy vocal hook. The track, with its laid back vibes, is chilled, and soulful, and truly beautiful.
Pete’s journey to music was not a smooth one. Following the untimely death of his mother, father, brother and 2 sisters as a child, Pete eventually found himself becoming increasingly dissatisfied dealing with the monotony of everyday life working as a first year lawyer.
So on a whim he decided to move to Hong Kong and it was here that he randomly jumped on stage and started playing the congas with a Latin band that were playing, despite his lack of any prior musical education or practise. This decision then irretrievably changed his life.