The Bouncing Souls, who released Simplicity last year, have unleashed a new song and video titled "Battleground" in response to the current US political climate.
Proceeds from sales of the new single will be donated to the Indigenous Environmental Network, an environmental protection organization also focused on the empowerment of indigenous peoples, and ending the DAPL.
Vocalist Greg Attonito issued the following statement:
In our almost thirty years as a band we have chosen to make our political statement by how we live our lives. We have made a conscious effort with our music to positively effect the current paradigm, bring people together and hopefully be a part of creating a more kind, respectful and understanding world.
It appears we as a society are potentially on the verge of taking a huge backward step on that journey towards a better world. We have been inspired by this intense moment in our history to create a direct energetic statement through this new song, “Battleground,” which we’ve chosen to release just after Inauguration Day because it marks what is possibly one of the most significant moments in our recent history. We feel its important to use the platform we’re lucky enough to have as artists to do our best to speak up for the basic human rights which seem to be at serious risk.
The song “Battleground” was inspired by recent events at Standing Rock and the ongoing attacks on human rights all over the world. It's a call to everyone to stand up for our collective rights, for kindness and respect for all people and the Earth. A portion of the profits of each download will be donated to www.ienearth.org an organization created to “educate and empower indigenous people to address and develop strategies for the protection of our environment, our health, and all life forms -the Circle of Life.” We encourage you to purchase the song and make a donation if you can. Thank you.
02/18 Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena #
03/16 Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory *
03/17 Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theater ^
03/18 Phoenix, AZ @ Festival
03/20 Fresno, CA @ Strummer's *
03/21 San Francisco, CA @ Slim's *
03/22 San Francisco, CA @ Slim's *
03/24 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre *
03/25 Boise, ID @ Treefort Festival
# w/ Frank Turner, The Arkells, Will Varley
* w/ AJJ, Get Dead
^ w/ Get Dead, The Bombpops
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