Brexit - Boyband Breunion (Badly) Begs ‘Britain Come Back’ (Video)
‘So bad that it’s good’ is how one could define the Dutch ‘Breunion Boys’ who seem to make a mockery out of the ultimate British pop invention, the boyband, in order to get the Brits to have a change of heart over Brexit. Only problem is that everyone seems to hate the song.
Dutch bands that break through abroad are scarce, but Breunion Boys seems to succeed. This clearly has - with all due respect - more to do with their message than with their music (which is quite corny). The boyband tries to prevent a Brexit through song. This weekend they make their debut on British TV.
The song from Amsterdam-based Breunion Boys will be shown on Good Morning Britain's morning show on ITV (a program that had an exclusive interview with US President Donald Trump earlier this year). In the afternoon the band is a guest at Sky News. "And maybe afterwards in other places, we are here now," says Julia Veldman, visual artist and creator of Breunion Boys.
The boyband’s message went viral on German and Belgian media already in the past week. With lyrics like “Britain, you’re Great, but together we’re greater” and their follow-up song “All I want for Christmas Is EU” it is clear that the objective seems to keep the UK in the EU.
The media attention was exactly the intention of the inventor of the band. “This is not a joke,” Miss Veldman insists “It is very important. It comes from a burning European heart. I see the approaching departure of the British as a step back. I was really disappointed, and I want to do something. Citizenship brings responsibility.”
The pending Brexit reminds me of Take That splitting up when I was younger. “That brought about a similar feeling.”
An idea was born. Looking at the clip of Breunion Boys with sound turned off, you can indeed catch the typical boyband moves. Tormented faces, broken hearts, grand hand gestures. The members, four Dutch guys and a Spaniard, kneel on the beach, look at the North Sea, gazing out towards their lost love.
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To get real contact with the British voters, the boyband wants to tour this spring in British pubs and clubs. If it is up to Veldman, the Breunion Boys have more to offer than this one single. For the instant fans (we doubt there are many though) there is in any case also a special Christmas message.