CHVRCHES have played into the hands of the entire internet by dedicating a song to Harambe, the gorilla cruelly taken from us months ago, during their Reading Festival set.
Footage has emerged of CHVRCHES’ Martin Doherty shouting “RIP Harambe” before launching into a performance of Under The Tide from the group’s debut album The Bones Of What You Believe while playing to the Reading audience.
The crowd erupted when Doherty paid tribute to the late gorilla, relishing the opportunity to honour the animal, who has become an internet hero of sorts ever since it was killed when a young child fell into its enclosure at Cincinnati Zoo in May.
Harambe no doubt would’ve loved the pulsating, triumphant bass of Under The Tide, a song so big it matches the stature of the legendary beast. While the song was written before his untimely death, it’s a heartwarming tribute particularly when considering lyrics like, “I’ll be your strength.”
It’s not the first musical tribute for Harambe this week, with US rapper Young Thug naming a track named after the gorilla on his latest mixtape My Name Is Jeffrey. It seems it’s finally not just the internet preserving his legacy. It’s the whole world now.
Halsey also gave the gorilla a shout out during the MTV Video Music Awards today, saying on her Snapchat, “nips out for Harambe”.
Hopefully all this attention for Harambe will help those sentimental souls on the internet deal with the loss of Harambe.
Check out CHVRCHES’ Harambe tribute below, and remember…
Watch: CHVRCHES Dedicate Song To Harambe At Reading Festival