Back in 2018 we got to chat to Galway band, Rofi James, when they were performing as part of a showcase set up by Irish Music Party. You can check out that interview here. Now we’re happy to share with you their new single, ‘Berlin Wall’, released today.
Written by band members Ronan Flaherty, Jamie Murray and Joseph Flaherty during Ireland’s first Covid-19 lockdown last year, ‘Berlin Wall’ reflects the desire to get away from it all, and escape the feelings of isolation and seclusion. They’re not referring to the physical Berlin Wall as such – although it could certainly be a place to run to – but it symbolises getting away, and escaping, the mundane monotony of the Groundhog Day existence we all experienced during the Pandemic.
Ireland was especially hit hard by Covid-19 and the restrictions that followed. The country was subject to one of the harshest lockdowns in the world, and arguably the most severe in Europe, with their first lockdown beginning in March 2020, and not lifting until June that year. Music venues were closed, and have only just opened up again in recent weeks. It had a huge impact on everyone, but the entertainment industry was – and still is – massively affected.
Many artists funnelled their feelings about the experience into writing music, and Rofi James’ ‘Berlin Wall’ certainly did as well. Not only are the lyrics about getting away, but the music itself gives the listener the impression of the need to run far from everything. To distance yourself as much as possible from everything you’ve been surrounded by for the past two years. To run as far as the Berlin Wall.