Published Jun 01, 2016Thurston Moore is feelin' the Bern. The former Sonic Youth guitar god is showing his support for U.S. democratic nomination candidate Bernie Sanders with a new tune.
The track is titled "Feel It in Your Guts," and it features a combination of Moore's prowess on a 12-string acoustic guitar and clips of Sanders' speeches from the campaign trail. According to a press release, the song hits on themes of "the worship of money, economic inequality, social justice, and the need for basic human rights for all people."
For its physical release, 1,000 hand-numbered copies of the single have been cut on white flexi-disc vinyl and are available in exchange for proof of a donation to Sanders' political campaign. Digital copies are also available.
The single has been released by Joyful Noise, and label boss Karl Hofstetter has shared a statement about the project. It reads:
Bernie Sanders inspires us. In a political and business climate which is increasingly self-interested and money-driven, Bernie Sanders alone remains uncompromisingly focused on the issues that affect 99% of us. Which is to say, he's talking about the things that will improve the lives of ourselves, our families, and basically everyone we have ever met. As the only presidential candidate who refuses bribes from big business, his agenda is unswervingly focused on the people over special interests. As Bernie himself has said, "The reason why we are doing well in this campaign is because we are telling the truth."
We at the label were inspired to support the campaign, and we thought it would be best to use our curatorial talents to this end. Being a weird-o indie rock record label, we are fortunate to work with a variety of incredible musicians; including, on occasion, the great Thurston Moore. So we decided to ask him. And we were delighted that in a matter of minutes after posing the idea, Thurston excitedly agreed.
Next: the task of getting a major presidential candidate involved. Fortunately, one of our employees was already friends with the good folks of the Bernie campaign, so we reached out. Amazingly, the Bernie campaign responded, and within a week or so, we heard that Bernie himself was into the idea. The amazing folks at the Bernie campaign have worked closely with us to make this crazy collaboration a reality.
If you want to show your support, head over here to grab a copy.