Chicago-based punk band Blind Adam and the Federal League are premiering their new single and music video “Drier Ground” ahead of their upcoming, sophomore album, An Act of Desperation, due out September 10.
The band initially recorded the album back in October 2019, initially set for a summer 2020 release, though they decided to hold off in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protests, the mutual aid project People’s Pizza Party in partnership with Brace Space Alliance, and to focus on communities that were impacted by COVID-19.
As they prepare to reveal the new track to the world, the band reveal more about “Drier Ground,” the only song in the catalog not written by vocalist and guitarist Adam Gogola:
“The band’s lead guitarist, Ellie, wrote it with the band in mind. When we heard the first demo, we knew it would be the first track on the record. It’s a song of solidarity, a hopeful song that highlights the horrors of late-stage capitalism with a sense of excitement about building a better world through mutual-aid solidarity with all oppressed peoples.”
They also point to specific messaging in the song as a call to action: “In the spirit of the song, we’d like to bring your attention to Stop Line 3, an Indigenous women- and Two Spirit-led movement to stop an oil pipeline from being constructed under the headwaters of the Mississippi River on Anishinaabe Treaty Lands. Visit StopLine3.org for more info and ways to plug in. Water is Life.”
Preorder the album here, and check out the new video for “Drier Ground” below:
Photo courtesy of Blind Adam and the Federal League.