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The Future's Female

by European Sun

In the summer sun When my mum was young She wore long sleeves to hide The bruises on her arm Then her father died And she no longer cried But the shame and the fear left A permanent harm I know some women have a lot to learn But men, well men, you know they’ve had their turn The future’s female There’s a four by four In the drive next door And he leaves the engine running for days He voted to leave, and he seems to believe That it’s fun to make jokes about Muslims and gays Oh how I despise Those leather clad guys Who hold their guitar like it was a penis And if you wanted a deity To spread a bit of gaiety It wouldn’t be Mars, it would be Venus I know some women have a lot to learn I know both sexes have a lot to learn The future’s female The future’s female The future’s female


European Sun Rising!

We are delighted to announce that the new decade sees the launch of a new band.

Proud members of Europe, regardless of the place of the UK in the EU, and humble advocates for humanity, equity and justice in life, European Sun also make music.

The band’s first release, The Future’s Female, is a simple song for the new decade, a rallying cry for progressive people to have hope in a decade that threatens to be dark.

the single is available on Bandcamp for a suggested minimum donation of 50p, which will be given to Refuge


Songwriter Steve Miles was reflecting on a sad detail of his mother’s childhood, the painfully true story behind the first verse, when he realised that almost all the things that made him despair, threatened the future, or endangered equality in the world had one thing in common: men.

There’s plenty of humour and a sense of playfulness in the song, which never becomes party political or sloganeering, and the light arrangement, a cross between The TV Personalities, Jonathan Richman and Heavenly, never lets the song take itself too seriously.

Bristol-born Steve Miles writes, sings and plays the songs of European Sun.

Rob Pursey and Amelia Fletcher play, sing and produce the songs of European Sun. In the past they were in Talulah Gosh, Heavenly, Marine Research and Tender Trap. These days they perform and record as The Catenary Wires.

The Future’s Female also features guest backing vocals from Sarah Corrie (Velocette, Comet Gain).

The song is released on the day the UK leaves the European Union as a reminder of quite how we got there, while the band’s name itself makes sure we never forget that we are still Europeans.

Have a listen to The Future’s Female and then ask yourself how many other songs you can name that rhyme ‘penis’ with ‘Venus’…

the debut LP will be released on WIAIWYA Records in 2020.

about Refuge:

One woman in four will experience domestic violence at some point in her lifetime and two women are killed each week in England and Wales by a current or former partner. Refuge supports around 6,000 women & children on any given day, experiencing domestic and sexual violence, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, stalking, trafficking, prostitution & so-called ‘honour’ based violence. Any donations help to save and change the lives of thousands of women and children escaping domestic violence.


released January 31, 2020

Vocals, rhythm guitar: STEVE MILES
Bass, harmonium and all other instruments: ROB PURSEY and AMELIA FLETCHER



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