Declan McKenna: “Guitars are just planks of wood, but they help us translate the most difficult aspects of life”

Declan McKenna
(Image credit: Roberto Ricciuti/Redferns)

Zeros, the second record from UK singer-songwriter Declan McKenna, captures the current sense of apocalyptic dread and turns it into an ecstatic fireworks display. It’s inspired by everything from the glam pomp of '70s British rock and Bowie’s space fantasies to St Vincent’s theatrical fretboard mechanics.

Dubiously feted as ‘the voice of his generation’ and courted by a milieu of labels from the age of 15, McKenna’s rise has been pretty astronomical, itself. Whether it’s cause or effect, he thinks about the big stuff: politics, youth, corruption, dystopian visions and the contempt found festering in the dark, divisive corners of the web. 

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Matt Parker
Features Editor,

Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.