Evan Williams has recently released his debut solo single ‘When The Shutters Rise Again’ through Peter Doherty’s Strap Originals label.

In essence this is a bitter sweet protest song for our life and times. With lyrics like “And when the shutters rise again, Don’t blind yourselves to others’ pain, Find your voice, don’t hide in shame, Fill the streets and break the chain” it’s clear to see Evan’s intention of urging people to stand up for their beliefs and for justice and rights.

That aside, this track is also an incredibly infectious little pop anthem. The mariachi band stylings of the opening bars really set the tone of the ongoing instrumentals. Musically it’s fun and light hearted while the lyrics portray a much deeper message.

The song quotes lines from ‘Vitai Lampada’ the famous work of First World War poet Sir Henry Newbolt which is a particular favourite of Evan and his grandfather.

‘When The Shutters Rise Again’ was recorded at The Albion Rooms In Margate, and was produced by Dan Lyons (Fat White Family, Phobophobes) and engineered by in house by the incredible sound engineer that is Jason Stafford.

Evan is a man of many talents as not only does he sing on this track, but he also plays the guitar and keyboards, while producer Dan plays the drums, bass and some lead guitar.

Evan says of the track:

“Lockdown brought all the injustices in our society bubbling to the surface. The song is a call to arms, a protest song written while this government is taking away our basic right to protest. The last verse of the song uses a verse from a Henry Newbolt poem; before my Grandad died he’d mostly lost the ability to speak but he could still recite that particular verse.”

Evan was formerly part of indie punk band Vendettas, before embarking on this solo career.

It’s clear through listening to Evan’s work that his songs are imbued with the highs and lows of life that is living in a British seaside resort. Being a local gal myself this totally resonates with me.

“When The Shutters Rise Again” combines fierce social conscience calling for people to stand up coupled with a sensitive street poetry. It’s clear to see why Peter and his label picked up on him.

Despite “When The Shutters Rise Again” being Evan’s debut release on Strap Originals, he is no stranger to the scene having previously played gigs supporting Peter Doherty, Jack Jones (Trampolene), Pynch, Sarpa Salpa, and George O’Hanlon amongst others.

Check out the official video to “When The Shutters Rise” for yourself here now.