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Deerhoof Have Something To Say To Bill Clinton On Their New Single Featuring Queens Rapper Awkwafina

Indie’s noise rock group Deerhoof are at it again with more experimental material to follow up 2016’s The Magic. They have announced Mountain Moves, which will be out September 8 via Joyful Noise Recordings, and shared lead single “Your Dystopic Creation Doesn’t Fear You” featuring Queens based rapper Awkwafina. Listen to the track, which was premiered via Adult Swim Singles, below.

Here is the band’s statement regarding the unabashedly political and fierce new track:

“In the span of 10 short days last April, Prince passed away, and Bill Clinton shouted down a small group of black women who dared question the morality of ’90s legislation with which he ushered in the era of unprecedented mass incarceration that continues to this day. Something about the random concurrence of Prince’s glowing obituaries and Clinton’s elitist intimidation tactics seemed to point at an absurd contradiction at the heart of America’s treatment of its citizens of color.

Fortunately a favorite writer, The Guardian‘s great Steven W. Thrasher, helped make sense of these events in his crucial commentaries: “Prince broke all the rules about what black American men should be” and “How dare Bill Clinton shout over Black Lives Matter protesters?”

Now over a year has passed. Many Americans, suddenly in search of strategies for surviving state repression, are turning away from witless neoliberal politicians who exploit fear to amass more power for themselves, and towards those vulnerable communities who have responded to a history of violence not with submission, but with humor, creativity, anger, and love.

The song we are debuting today grew out of these observations. Strictly speaking it is not the first Awkwafina-Deerhoof collaboration, as both Satomi and Greg have guested on “My Vag” onstage. But this call-and-response is our first co-composition. Enjoy!”

The forthcoming record, Mountain Moves, will feature more than just Awkwafina (Ocean’s Eight). The group also collaborated with Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner, Lætitia Sadier of Stereolab, Xenia Rubios, and more.

Here is the tracklist for Mountain Moves.

1. “Slow Motion Detonation” (Feat. Juana Molina)
2. “Con Sordino”
3. “I Will Spite Survive” (Feat. Jenn Wasner)
4. “Come Down Here and Say That” (Feat. Lætitia Sadier)
5. “Gracias A La Vida” (Violeta Parra)
6. “Begin Countdown”
7. “Your Dystopic Creation Doesn’t Fear You” (Feat. Awkwafina)
8. “Ay That’s Me”
9. “Palace Of The Governors”
10. “Singalong Junk” (Feat. Xenia Rubinos)
11. “Mountain Moves” (Feat. Matana Roberts)
12. “Freedom Highway” (The Staple Singers)
13. “Sea Moves” (Feat. Chad Popple & Devin Hoff)
14. “Kokoye”
15. “Small Axe” (Bob Marley)

And here is a full list of dates for Deerhoof’s tour supporting the upcoming record, including shows with Sad13 and more. Get tickets here.

08/18 — Sudbury, ON @ Up Here Fest at the Fuse Niteclub
08/19 — Ottawa, ON @ Arboretum Festival at RIDEAU PINES FARM
08/20 — Toronto, ON @ Wavelength Music Festival
08/25 — Praha, CZ @ Underdogs’ Ballroom & Bar
08/26 — Storkow, DE @ Alinæ Lumr Festival
08/27 — Hamburg, DE @ Kampnagel Sommerfest
08/28 — Darmstadt, DE @ Oetinger Villa
08/30 — Nijmegen, NL @ Doornroosje
08/31 — Opwijk, BE @ Nosta
09/02 — Aarhus, DK @ UJazz Festival
09/03 — Dorset, UK @ End of the Road Festival
09/04 — London, UK @ Village Underground
09/05 — Ramsgate, UK @ Ramsgate Music Hall
09/15 — Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
09/16 — Seattle, WA @ Crocodile Cafe
09/17 — Bellingham, WA @ The Wild Buffalo
09/18 — Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
09/19 — Eugene, OR @ The Hi Fi Lounge
09/21 — San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
09/22 — Los Angeles, CA @ Terragram Ballroom
09/23 — Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent
09/24 — Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad
09/26 — Austin, TX @ Antone’s
09/27 — Houston, TX @ Walter’s
09/28 — Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
09/29 — Kansas City, MO @ Outer Reaches Fest @ Record Bar
09/30 — St Louis, MO @ The Ready Room
10/01 — Chicago, IL @ EB25 series @ Empty Bottle
10/03 — Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
10/04 — Detroit, MI @ The Magic Stick
10/05 — Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls
10/06 — Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt
10/07 — Brooklyn, NY @ Villain

Mountain Moves is out September 8 via Joyful Noise Recordings. Pre-order it here.

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