By Vanessa B
Irish singer-songwriter Davie Furey releases “History,” today, a rousing offering of Celtic-folk-infused, synth-bolstered jangle pop powered by rustically triumphant vocals soaring over a toe tapping, uplifting melody. The track presents with a sound as big as its carpe-diem call to action:
“Stand up straight with your eyes wide open … If you’re not with me get outta the way … Now’s not the time for hard luck stories, now’s not the time for former glories … It’s our time, to make a bit of history“
Furey explains that the song was originally written for his friend, Irish boxer Michael Conlan—the fiery former olympian who recently challenged for the WBA world featherweight title.
“While I was working on ‘History,’ Michael was in my head,” Furey says. “To have him fighting for the world-championship belt, I thought it was something to be proud of. But as songs often do, it evolved into something much broader than that. It came to represent the last two years, which have, of course, been difficult—covid has changed us, changed our attitudes. A lot of people were on their own during the pandemic, and when you’re alone you have a lot of time to think. People picked up new hobbies. They reconnected with their families, their pets and nature. Whether that persists as we get back into the normality of life, I don’t know. But for a lot of people, the experience changed the course of their lives. And that’s what ‘History’ reflects upon—the restoration of our lives.”
Furey’s new single brims with immediacy and optimistic urgency, with lyrics and melody coming to him suddenly. Within two days of writing the song, he was at JAM Studios in Kells, County Meath, laying it down with producer-engineer Martin Quinn.