Dublin born musician Peter M Smith has returned to the music scene for the first time in seven years to create a track that conveys his support for the yes campaign in Ireland’s Marriage Equality Referendum. He’s not alone in his endeavour either, having teamed up with like-minded actor JD Kelleher, who is known for his roles as Willie Pearse in TV mini-series 1916 Seachtar Dearmadta and Breandán Mac Gearailt in Irish soap Ros na Rún.
Both men are united in their passionate belief that their nation needs to embrace equality for all of its citizens. To that end, they have worked together to forge a new single entitled, “Love Will Tear Us Apart” (Originally by English post-punk band Joy Division). Recorded at AB Studio in El Vendrell, Spain and released via Lonely Child Records, the duo are also aided in bringing the song to life by Smith’s band members Jimmy Piñol, Martí Riera and David Ibarz.
The track takes off with some light and stirring guitar work that saunters slowly in the direction of a steady and catchy melody during the first verse. This leads to a soft and simple chorus before things stroll back towards another pleasant harmony. A mellow and moving instrumental breakdown in the middle is succeeded by a relaxing guitar solo ahead of some more expressive vocals.
It’s a reserved but fairly rousing undertaking that carries a meaningful message despite emanating a laid back, calming kind of vibe. The altogether easy and accessible pop/rock style exhibited throughout affords the whole thing a very radio friendly version of the classic. You can check “Love Will Tear Us Apart” out for yourself on iTunes now.