Rocker writes song about his dream of buying flat in Dagenham

PUBLISHED: 15:00 09 October 2015 | UPDATED: 15:27 09 October 2015

Sam Battle playing guitar with footage of Dagenham Heathway station behind him

Sam Battle playing guitar with footage of Dagenham Heathway station behind him


Camden, Brooklyn and Montmartre eat your heart out - it's the Dagenham dream that one young rocker aspires to.

Zibra: Russell Jones, Sam Battle and Ben EverestZibra: Russell Jones, Sam Battle and Ben Everest

Flats in Dagenham, the latest release by glitch indie band Zibra, was written by 25-year-old Sam Battle after he came tantalisingly close to buying a place near Heathway station.

“Me and my girlfriend checked out a flat in Dagenham and we really liked it,” the Peterborough-born frontman explained. “We thought we had it – we were certain – then the estate agent figured out all my money came from making loud noises, and that was the last we heard of him.”

The song’s video consists of many familiar sights from around Dagenham – including a journey on the District Line – which were filmed by Sam.

“I just walked around Dagenham with a GoPro camera for a day,” he recalled. “It was fun.”

The band, which are signed to Sony and played Glastonbury in the summer, made their song about Dagenham the B-side for hit single Paris – and not by accident.

“Maybe I wrote it with a romantic view of the world,” Sam mused. “But I saw Dagenham as a really friendly, quiet place where everyone is nice to each other – unlike Paris, which can be cold and lonely.

“I just imagined all the neighbours coming round and getting to know me. It would have been awesome.”

But even though he missed out on getting the home he wanted – and ended up in Mile End instead – he still has hope of one day getting there.

“People should see how good it is,” he said. “It’s great value, it has excellent connections.

“It depends how it goes, but I would love to live there one day – and if that happens, I might write a whole album about it.”

Zibra will play The Dome Tufnell Park on Monday and London Hoxton Bar & Grill on November 3. For more information about the band, visit or follow @zibrazibrazibra on Twitter.

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