Saturday, January 21, 2017

Rock Against Trump: United Nations Return with New Frontman & Pummeling Screamo Powerviolence Anti-Trump Anthem "Stairway to Mar-a-Lago" (Temporary Residence)



"HUNGER BELOW US
THE HEAVENS ARE DEAD
BAFFLING REASON
YOU WANTED CANDOR, NATIVISM,
WHITE INDIFFERENCE, AND NO SHINING CITY
TRAGIC PAPACY
DIMWITTED BIGOT MISPLACING SYMPATHIES
FROM ON YOUR CROSS TELL THEM WHO MATTERS
POLICING CITIES IN RUIN..."

And that's just the first gut-wrenching 46-second burst of United Nations' latest anti-Trump single, "Stairway to Mar-a-Lago," which is being sold at a Name-Your-Price fee at their Temporary Residence Bandcamp; "an Inauguration Day transmission from United Nations. All proceeds will be donated to American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Planned Parenthood." President Trump (what a cringe-worthy phrase!) has only been in The White House for just about a day now, but there have already been countless Rock Against Bush-evoking musical protests either announced or released: David Eggers' planned 30 Days, 30 Songs-esque 4-year-long 1,000 Days, 1,000 Songs "evolving playlist," Chris Cornell's recent reunion with Prophets of Rage [Against The Machine] members as Audioslave at an Anti-Inauguration Ball, an unannounced set by Dirty Projectors frontman Dave Longstreth at No Thanks: A Night of Anti-Fascist Sound Resistance In The Capital of The USA, and a new President Trump-slamming note penned by Frank Ocean and posted to his FRANK OCEAN • PREZA • 555 Tumblr. I'm sure these are just the first of many, many peaceful protests through song, which is truly the only way I can honestly foresee us "making America great again."


"United Nations has gone through some changes since the release of 2014's The Next Four Years. Namely, singer Geoff Rickly has stepped down from vocal duties. But recognizing that these are dark times and the world needs UN's brand of satirical political commentary now more than ever, the band is soldiering on and has recruited a friend to fill in on their new song, "Stairway to Mar-a-Lago,'" Noisey scribe Dan Ozzi recently wrote within a recent United Nations-premiering piece. Ozzi further noted that United Nations wishes to keep their new singer anonymous, for the time being—only revealing that it may, in fact, be "someone who fronts another Post-Hardcore band you may have enjoyed." Eager Hardcore-loving Internet sleuths have already begun to speculate that Geoff Rickly's replacement may either be Glassjaw frontman and long-time rumored United Nations member Daryl Palumbo or former Blood Brothers frontman Johnny Whitney. It does appear, however, that @GeoffRickly is still involved with United Nations to some extent, as he Tweeted "Hit that ACLU donation" Friday, January 20th along with a link to a recent Brooklyn Vegan write-up; as well as posting "In 24 hours, Trump has already broken as many promises as Obama did his whole first term..." in reply to Lip Synch Battle co-host @chrissyteigan and two of her Followers. It's currently unclear as to whether or not United Nations and their new unnamed frontman will release a proper follow-up to The Next Four Years (2014) or if "Stairway to Mar-a-Lago" will remain a stand-alone Temporary Residence single.

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