Steve Bullock, going by his Twitter profile, is an immigrant and ex-negotiator for the UK in the EU … and a musician and sound engineer. It is thanks to the latter interest and skills on the guitar that Steve recently recorded an album. It is called 1,000 Days. This is a reference to the long time EU citizens at home in the UK and our British friends in the EU, of whom Steve is one himself, have had to live in uncertainty – an uncertainty that continues, many more days already added. If you watched our EU Citizens’ Champion 1 year anniversary video, you got a bit of a teaser: the music in the video is a part of the song Home from the album.

We at EU Citizens’ Champion are immensely moved by what Steve has chosen to do with the album: make it available exclusively via the EU Citizens’ Champion website in September 2019. Here Steve talks about how he came to record the album and why he chose to make it available via our website:

‘I didn’t really mean to make an album of slightly odd ambient instrumentals. I don’t even play this sort of thing normally. I’m more of a loud rock and blues player to be honest. But I needed something to take my mind off Brexit, and to deal with the anxiety and depression that it’s brought. Spending time sitting on the floor, making ambient noises with my guitar helped, and I thought it would be good to record them so I could listen to them to help when anxiety struck.

Then melodies came. Then songs. And then I thought it might help others to hear them as well.

No groups have faced more uncertainty and anxiety over Brexit than EU27 citizens in the UK and UK Citizens in the EU27. The brilliant organisations the3million and British in Europe have done all they possibly can to campaign for citizens’ rights and keep people informed. But 5 million people have still spent 3 years in limbo, and, at the time of writing this, continue to do so. This is appalling, and I’ve no doubt history will view the UK’s treatment of citizens as a stain on its reputation and national conscience.

The song Home, part of which is used in the EU Citizens’ Champion 1 year anniversary video, is a bit of a love song to Northumberland. It’s what I was thinking of when I wrote and recorded it, especially the coast up around Holy Island. The home where I live now is far away from there, but the North East of England will always also be home. We can have more than one. We don’t have to choose!’

1,000 Days will be made available exclusively on a pay-what-you-want-or-can basis on this website in September 2019. All proceeds will go, in full, to EU Citizens’ Champion in support of the3million.