Robb Flynn and his band mates in Machine Head are taking on issues facing the world with a pair of new songs.
The band released a new two-song single Wednesday titled Civil Unrest. The single features the songs ‘Stop The Bleeding’ as its A-side and ‘Bulletproof’ as its B-side.
‘Stop The Bleeding’ features guest vocals from Killswitch Engage front man Jesse Leach. While Flynn said in an interview about the song, that he brought Leach on-board because the song has a KsE sound, a close listen also reveals an old school Machine Head sound. The song’s lyrical content addresses the events that followed the death of George Floyd at the hands of a group of Minneapolis, MN police officers.
Flynn discussed the song’s inspiration in a recent interview.
“I wrote and sang the lyrics on Wednesday May 27th, 2020, the day that the four officers who murdered George Floyd were (originally) not charged with anything,” he said. “This day was engulfed in protests and riots across America. I drove into Oakland, past large demonstrations already happening and, in a fury, wrote down everything I was feeling after watching the horrific footage. Within hours, what I wanted to say, what I needed to say had been recorded in the song.”
Additionally, Flynn talked about bringing Leach on for the song, noting that the collaboration was in the works even before the events of May 27.
“I had been speaking with Jesse for maybe 6 months about singing on the song, as it always had a little bit of a Killswitch vibe to me,” said Flynn. “Unfortunately (or fortunately), our schedules hadn’t lined up, but with the subsequent lockdown from coronavirus, we had time to make it work. After what happened to George Floyd, I sent him the lyrics I’d written, and he replied saying he was “100% on board”. Jesse is someone I consider to be a pioneer and, in many ways, one of the men who changed the face of metal. His contribution to this song made it extremely powerful and it’s an honor to have him be a part of it.”
Leach spoke highly of Flynn in discussing the song’s creation in his own comments, adding he was glad to take part in the song.
“Being asked to be part of this song is an honor,” said Leach. “Yes, because it’s Machine Head, but more importantly, this is a message that needs to be heard and spread. These issues concerning abuses of power and racism are timeless. I have written about these previously and I’ll write about them again. I think Robb really nailed this one, both lyrically and sonically. My hope is this song helps awaken those who hear it. Robb has been a frequent voice of the voiceless in these times, so teaming up with him is a no brainer. We need more of our Metal Community to speak out on social issues and help raise awareness, especially during these crucial times. Music is the soundtrack to our lives, it transcends language and culture. This is the reason we as musicians need to do our part to spark thought and discussion on these types of issues. We can make a difference through music and we can help stop the bleeding.”
Both songs are available to stream and download here. A portion of the proceeds from sales of the single will go to benefit grassrootslaw.org, which is representing the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery.
The video for ‘Stop The Bleeding’ is streaming here.
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