"Zombie" is a profound and poignant song that delves deep into the tragic realities of conflict, specifically the troubles in Northern Ireland. Released in 1994, it was written by the band's lead singer, Dolores O'Riordan, in response to the 1993 IRA bombing in Warrington, England, which resulted in the death of two children.
The song stands as a powerful commentary on the senseless violence and the deep-seated historical conflicts that plagued Northern Ireland for decades. Its title, "Zombie," metaphorically represents the senseless and dehumanized state of violence, portraying how individuals involved in such conflicts can become numb or 'zombified' to the horrors they both perpetrate and endure.
Our interpretation of "Zombie" as a street brass performance focuses on harnessing the raw emotive power and grief to transform the song into a public declaration against violence and entrenched ideologies of hatred that exist.