El Moono share “Forced To Smile” video

Band: El Moono
Song: “Forced to Smile”
Director: El Moono and Kieran Gallop (GLKMedia)
Album: “Forced to Smile” – single
Release Date: July 20th, 2021
Label: Lockjaw Records

The group said of the song:

“We’ve been sitting on this song in particular for over two years now and we’re so relieved and excited to finally be putting it out into the world. Since writing ‘Forced to Smile’, it feels as though the lyrics have come into sharper focus given the social/political landscape of the past year.

The majority of Parliament have recently shrugged off the changing of vital laws that directly impact the LGBTQI+ community and how their gender/identification is legally recognised. This blatant dismissal of human rights is something we cannot accept in 2021 – ‘Forced to Smile’ is about not accepting our reality as ‘good enough’. The song also tackles the subject of toxic masculinity that is engrained deep into our society. Living day to day and forcing ourselves to be happy, forcing ourselves to smile, just to keep going. We dream to make a difference in whatever way we can.”


Tour dates:

7/31 Portals Festival
9/10-9/11 Torquay, UK – Burn It Down Festival
9/23 Newquay, UK – Whiskers *
9/24 Plymouth, UK – The Junction *
9/25 Exeter, UK – Cavern *
9/26 Bristol, UK – Attitude Festival
10/31 Brighton, UK – The Prince Albert

* = w/ Haggard Cat

[via Distorted Sound]