Flobots is giving fans a taste of its next album.
The band released the song ‘Pray’ (Extended) this week. The song is the first single from the band’s upcoming album NOENEMIES. The song is available at all digital retailers now. It can be streamed online now here. The song’s lyrics are available here.
‘Pray’ was written and recorded early in 2016 ahead of the presidential race between now President Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The band said the song is a call to action, addressing the problems of racism and division among America’s population.
The song is described as coming from the vantage point of a community realizing the result of its part in the racism that has become so present across the country. The community, in its realization, asks for collective forgiveness for its actions.
NOENEMIES’ lead sing samples an Alan Lomax performance of the Sacred Harp song ‘Antioch’ for its arrangement. A local Denver, CO Sacred Harp group was brought in to sing “re-imagined” lyrics to ‘Antioch’ for the introduction to the extended take on ‘Pray.’
Flobots member Johnny 5 said hearing ‘Antioch’ had a powerful impact on him, adding it led to a deep appreciation for Sacred Harp singing.
“When I first heard ‘Antioch’ it felt like an exorcism…,” Johnny 5 said. “Digging deeper, we realized that the entire culture of Sacred Harp singing fully embodies the spirit that has fueled the direction of our new music. Songs of power. Songs that celebrate community. Songs designed to be experienced, not performed. Songs meant to be sung out with strength.”
Flobots will host a Facebook Live Q&A session on Jan. 30 to discuss in more depth the topics addressed in its new single. The session will begin at 10 p.m. ET. Anyone wanting to take part can RSVP and present questions for the session here.
Flobots will also partner with Denver, CO-based dance company Wonderbound for a series of live performance collaborations dubbed “Divisions” to promote its new album. The collaboration will see the group performing dance routines to Flobots’ new songs.
The performances begin April 14 and run through April 30. They will be held at a series of venues around Denver. Fans can check out the dates for the shows and purchase tickets here.
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