Friday, December 12, 2014
– Hurray for the Riff Raff debuted a new video its political murder song "The Body Electric" on NPR.
"I felt the waves of a 26-year span of desires to see all women free from violence crash into me," said Hurray for the Riff Raff's Alynda Lee Segarra. "It was anger, a desire for justice and a dream of change. I hope this song breathes power and humanity back into all people who feel targeted by violence and oppression. Whether they exist in our old stories and songs or are marching in protest as we speak."
Created in part by a crowd-funded Indiegogo campaign, the was released on NPR on Thursday.
The song is from the band's album, "Small Town Heroes," which came out earlier this year.
"This video is a meditation on the acceptance of violence and discrimination against people of color, women and the LGBT community," said producer Joshua Shoemaker. "We took these frustrations and paired them with classic imagery that would be recognized by most, allowing us to set a tone for the narrative. Replacing the Botticelli's Venus with a Katey Red, the transgender mother of "sissy bounce," is something that speaks clearly without having to be salacious or heavy-handed."
All remaining funds from The Body Electric Indiegogo Fund are being given to local New Orleans organizations including Third Wave and The Trayvon Martin Foundation. The Third Wave Fund is the only national fund for youth-led gender justice activism, bridging feminist, queer and trans organizers and donor communitie for gender, racial, and economic justice.
The Trayvon Martin Foundation's purpose is to create awareness of how violent crime impacts the families of the victims and to provide support and advocacy for those families in response to the murder of Trayvon Martin.
The band also plans to continue to collect donations for The Body Electric Fund and these causes, which combat violent crime and the degradation of marginalized communities.
Tour dates are:
March 5 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's
March 10 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
March 11 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up
March 12 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
March 13 - Big Sur, CA - Loma Vista Gardens
March 20 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
March 21 - Vancouver, Canada - Electric Owl
March 22 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater
March 25 - Boise, ID - Treefort Music Festival
March 26 - Salt Lake City, UT - The State Room
March 27 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
March 28 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theater
March 30 - Sante Fe, NM - Sky Light
April 1 - Dallas, TX - Dada
April 18 - Charlottesville, VA - The Southern
April 21 - Washington DC - 9:30 Club
April 22 - Philadelphia, PA - World Café Live
April 23 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
April 24 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
April 25 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
April 28 - Detroit, MI - The Shelter
April 30 - Madison, WI - High Noon
May 1 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
May 3 - St. Louis, MO - The Sheldon Concert Hall
May 5 - Little Rock, AR - South on Main