It’s difficult to miss all the news that surrounds the effects that pollution has on our environment. One major problem has been plastic and the effects it has on our rivers and oceans and marine life as well. The Riptide Movement is helping to bring awareness to the plastic epidemic with their indie rock track ‘Plastic Oceans’.
I got the opportunity to interview the band and they explained what really inspired the song and their upcoming plans.
Before you read what they had to say, let’s get you to check out the official video
Tell me about ‘Plastic Oceans’, what inspired it?
Plastic Oceans is our latest single, we recorded it in London in State of the Ark studios last September with producer Chris Coady. Sonically the track takes us in a new and an exciting direction for the band, the inspiration for the track came about when I watched a documentary a couple of years ago called ‘A Plastic ocean’ and it really had a profound effect on me, I had no idea the effect our use of plastic, particularly single use plastic was having on our oceans and marine life, I remember feeling really deflated after watching it and sitting down on my piano afterwards and that’s where the song started.
Why is this message about protecting our environment so important to you guys?
It’s important because we are destroying our environment, single use plastics are poisoning and choking up our rivers and oceans, this is a global issue and it’s a global health issue. 8 million tonnes of plastic find their way into our oceans every year, there’s a garbage patch twice the size of Texas in the Pacific Ocean, plastic has made its way into our food chain, meaning we could also be riddled with plastic, scientists are carrying out studies now to determine what effect that has on our health, if we don’t change how we use plastic and our dependence on single use plastic, the ocean will have more plastic than fish in it within the next 30 years. That’s not the legacy I want our generation to leave behind. Our oceans give us 50% of our oxygen and absorb most of our carbon, our very survival depends on healthy oceans.
What do you hope to achieve with this track?
We want to help raise awareness to the issues around single use plastics, we also are in the process of making a documentary on plastic pollution in Ireland, the idea of the documentary is to help raise awareness also, throughout the documentary we travelled around the Irish coast, we scuba-dived in the Irish sea, surfed in the wild Atlantic, released seals in Wexford, met with beach communities, environmental activists, marine scientists, university professors and government ministers to get an understanding of the magnitude of the problem and also to highlight what we can and need to do to solve this problem.
With the release of ‘Plastic Oceans’ do you guys have any plans to release an EP or full album?
At the moment it’s just a two track EP – ‘Plastic Oceans’ and ‘What will the kids say?’ although we plan to get back into the studio later in the year to record our fifth studio album.
How has 2018 been for The Riptide Movement?
It’s been great, it’s good to be back with some new material, we’re shooting a really interesting documentary and we have a busy summer of gigs and festivals ahead.
What would you say has been the most memorable moment of the year so far?
There were so many cool moments when making the documentary, maybe scuba diving in the Irish sea, cause I had never done it before and it was mind-blowing to see marine life in their natural habitat….Musically……… probably hearing ‘Plastic Oceans’ on the radio for the first time, it’s always great to hear your song on the radio for the first time, particularly when you know the journey that song took to get there.