The Chicago alternative country band Blind Adam and The Federal League was set to release their second LP this past June on A-F Records , but the world had different plans. Because everything is literally and figuratively on fire right now their next record has been postponed 2021. Sorry cowpokes.
It’s not like the band is taking this year off though. They just released a new video for their song “An Act of Desperation” which we are premiering for you today! It paints a bleak picture sure, but it’s always darkest before the dawn. Check out the animated video for “An Act of Desperation” below:
On the inspiration for their new video, the band offered the following:
“When the news came out about Oscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his nearly 2-year-old daughter, Valeria being found washed up on the banks of the Rio Grande in an attempt to make it into the United States to seek asylum I was immediately heartbroken and angry. ‘An Act of Desperation’ was one of those songs that kind of wrote itself. It is the final track and namesake of the album that we are still not sure of a release date for. Our friend Nicholas Leffler did the music video, we had hoped to release some time around the original album release. Unfortunately, A-F Records was basically in a holding pattern for months with the uncertainty of the pandemic and we thought it was important to get this song and video out before the election. I know our song isn’t going to make the difference but I do think like minded people might find some solace in it and who knows, maybe it will touch a nerve with a few white suburban Trump supporters that like to think of themselves as “good people.” The song and video are extremely on the nose and that is intentional, I hope some Trump people see it and I hope it makes them upset, I hope it makes them do some self reflection, I don’t really expect it to fundamentally change anybody but I hope it at least plants a seed.”
Blind Adam and The Federal League also just wrapped a nine-week live streaming series titled Mystery Street Recording which aired weekly to raise money support some great organizations like The Night Ministry, Brave Space Alliance and Indie Lab VA. The Quarantine Live Stream series featured guests like Justin Sane and Chris #2 of Anti-Flag, Ben Nichols of Lucero, The Homeless Gospel Choir, Sarah Shook, Austin Lucas, Mike Frazier, Sam Porter of Kali Masi, and Marc Bannes of Typesetter.