'Wake up and smell the phosphorus'
Cai Trefor

15:14 21st April 2017

Pink Floyd legend Roger Waters has unveiled a stirring new single named 'Smell The Roses' taken from his first album in 25 years. Check it out on Gigwise below.

The Pink Floyd legend couldn't write an anti-war anthem at a more appropriate time. His use of war imagery in his lyrics are a brutal reminder of how things aren't going too rosy right now. In addition to the catastrophic situation in Syria, a nuclear war with North Korea could be on the horizon as Trump is like a toddler with a stick poking a hornets nest.

This isn't any fluffy skirting around the edges of the issue song that hope not to offend anyone. It gets to the heart of the matter and in its lyrics portrays how the global corporate elite live these greedy lives and inhumanely kill millions for the sake of profit.

The second verse conveys this particularly well:

This is the room where they make the explosives
Where they put your name on the bomb
Here's where they bury the buts and the ifs
And scratch out words like right and wrong

Hearing these harrowing words set against the timeless psych-rock that we all know Roger Waters makes them even more hard-hitting, and gives them potential to have an awakening effect across the globe when anti-war protests are needed more than ever before.

Waters recently compared Trump to Hitler and Saddam Hussein.

The track is taken his album Life We Really Want? out 2 June. Its 12 tracks were recorded with Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, Atoms For Peace drummer Joey Waronker, and Brooklyn indie pop band Lucius, among others. And, we're very much looking forward to hearing it.

This is the tracklisting

01. When We Were Young
02. Déjà Vu
03. The Last Refugee
04. Picture That
05. Broken Bones
06. Is This the Life We Really Want?
07. Bird in a Gale
08. The Most Beautiful Girl
09. Smell the Roses
10. Wait for Her
11. Oceans Apart
12. Part of Me Died

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