Ted Leo and the Pharmacists Release Benefit EP for RNC Protesters
Published Sep 16, 2008Following some dubious police activity in St. Paul, Minnesota relating to the recent Rebuplican National Convention, political post-punker Ted Leo and his band of Pharmacists have responded with a benefit EP.
Leo was very outspoken on the reason for the EP, stating, "Real people were hurt in St. Paul, and real people have bills to pay, and real people need funding to continue their good works. We (the band and I) were all feeling these events as deeply as we could from our 1,200 mile remove, and so as not to feel entirely powerless, and in an attempt to contribute SOMETHING to that continuation of those good works, we wrote a song and recorded it, along with another new one we'd already been working on that's pertinent to election time politics, and two covers we enjoy and that also have timely sentiments.
The EP includes two new songs, "Paranoia: Never Enough and "Mourning in America, alongside covers of Cock Sparrers "I Got Your Number and Amebixs "Nobodys Driving. The band assembled in Leos home studio last week to get the EP out in time.
Available through Touch and Go, and soon to be released on iTunes, the proceeds of the EP will go to Food Not Bombs Minneapolis, Democracy Now and to cover legal fees for arrested protestors.
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists "Colleen