PJ Harvey Drops ‘The Community Of Hope’, Angers Entire American City In The Process
UPDATE: There’s now a video (above), which (probably) makes things worse as far as D.C.’s leaders are concerned. Welp.
This week saw the release of PJ Harvey’s new single ‘The Community Of Hope’, which serves as the first single from her forthcoming album The Hope Six Demolition Project. What’s being realised after a listen is that the song is specifically about certain neighbourhoods in Washington, D.C. — and it’s pretty brutal.
In ‘The Community Of Hope’, Harvey calls a D.C. school a “s***-hole”, a street called Benning Road a “pathway of death”, South Capitol “the highway to death and destruction”…all while stating in the song, “at least that’s what I’m told”. What?
By calling out this picture of poverty in terms of streets and buildings and not the humans who live here, have you not reduced their dignity? Have you not trashed the place that, for better or worse, is home to people who are working to make it better, who take pride in their accomplishments.
Honestly, we can’t help but wonder what the point of this song is (as well as the album it sits on on, which looks to “tackle” other parts of Washington, D.C. as well)…we certainly hope that PJ Harvey can explain sooner than later. Until then, we can imagine that she won’t be stepping foot in America’s capital city anytime soon. [SIDEBAR: It should also be noted that Harvey certainly isn’t the first person to denounce D.C. either — Gil Scott Heron said plenty as well]
You can check out ‘The Community Of Hope’ here; The Hope Six Demolition Project — which will also see songs “dedicated” to Kosovo and Afghanistan — is released 15th April.