WORDS : LUCA CESCON
Alongside most of the world, the music industry has come together in support of Black Lives Matter after the murder of George Floyd and the following police brutality. Many artists have been using the wide-reaching platform to express their solidarity, and raise awareness.
Boise’s hardcore-punk outfit Rejection Pact will donate 100% of their webstore profits to the Minnesota Freedom Fund. Moreover, the band will auction their test press 7’’ off in order to help raise funds for Reclaim The Block.
The sale of a brand new Jesus Piece t-shirt quoting “You can jail the revolutionary, you can’t jail the revolution” will help the band raising money for the Reclaim The Block fund. All proceeds will go directly to “real community resources such as violence prevention, housing, resources for youth, emergency mental health response teams”, stated the band.
Fast hardcore act Last Gasp have released a brand new record called Second Wave with all proceeds going directly to Black Lives Matter Cleveland. The band confirms that “these songs and lyrical content are so unbelievably current, we don’t feel it fair to try and benefit from them”.
Calgary-based metalcore outfit Plead will announce the winner of a merch raffle organised to raise money for the Minnesota Freedom Fund. All proceeds will be donated and the bundle will be shipped at the band’s expense.
Take It To Heart
Orange County hardcore quartet Take It To Heart will donate all the proceeds from their new t-shirt to the People’s City Council Freedom Fund in order to aid bail relief for those detained during the Los Angeles protests.
For the next two weeks, Coventry, UK metallic hardcore band Mantlet will donate the 100% of all proceeds from tapes on their Bigcartel and Bandcamp buys to Reclaim The Block. “Donate, sign the petitions, raise awareness, solidarity against oppression”, states the band.
In response to the murder of George Floyd and nationwide police brutality, Worcester four-piece hardcore band Death Defier will raise funds for Black Visions Collective. All proceeds from the pre-orders of their new t-shirt will help this Black-led, Queer and Trans centering organization whose mission is to organize powerful, connected Black communities and dismantle systems of power.
Purgatory recorded a cover of Police by Cold As Life “in response to the racist, violent and corrupt police force implemented in our nation and in response to the blatant murder of George Floyd and every other POC who have been a victim of the aforementioned things the US law enforcement is responsible for.” All proceeds from the sales of this song will go directly to the Black Lives Matter community.
San Jose, California act Outlier will donate 100% of the profits from their merch pre-orders to Black Visions Collective. The band will also donate all the proceeds from their leftover tour merch available on their online store.
Cincinnati, OH heavy hardcore outfit Treason will donate the proceeds of a limited t-shirt sale to the Minnesota Freedom Fund and local Cincy funds as well. “Whatever we can do, however we can help, we will”, states the band on its website.