Juneteenth // Underground Music For Racial Equality

Juneteenth has just been set as a great opportunity for the music industry to give back to those who fight for racial equality, and Bandcamp promises to do so every June 19th from here on out. As expected, artists and labels from all genres and all parts of the world followed in donating their share to such to organizations, and consequently a few special releases popped up.

We handpicked five of them, yet, the list of those who donate is very long, and worth going through thoroughly.

5. Spirit Adrift: Angel & Abyss Redux EP

A new three-song EP by Spirit Adrift is composed of a reworked version of their single of the same name, together with covers of tracks originally by Roky Erickson and Jimi Hendrix.

The band's  vocalist and guitarist, Nate Garrett, comments: "When Marcus and I caught wind that Bandcamp was donating its proceeds on June 19 to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, we felt compelled to contribute somehow. Since our forthcoming record has zero clean guitar on it, we thought it would be cool to do something with an 'unplugged' type of vibe. After speaking with Dave at 20 Buck Spin, the idea grew beyond just the initial thought of reworking Angel & Abyss. I’ve been wanting to cover I Think Of Demons since the beginning of the band, so that was an obvious choice. The Wind Cries Mary is one of the first songs I ever learned to play, and Hendrix is the reason I picked up a guitar in the first place. Another obvious choice. Marcus and I tracked our parts at home, and fortunately some friends hopped onboard to help out with the rest. Thank you to Leon Del Muerte, Joe Rowland, and Max at Brouemaster Visual Decay for coming through in a clinch on such a sporadic and last-minute project. Thank you to Dave at 20 Buck Spin for being down to put it out without any hesitation. And thank you to everyone who is standing up for what’s right. We believe in equality, fairness, justice, and compassion for all people. We hope this little project can help affect some positive change."

4. Soft Kill: Memory Loss

Portland band, Soft Kill, offer an early peak at a 4-song 12-inch EP coming later this year, with a pair of tracks akin to the sound which has previously established them as one of the best post punk acts of the last few years.

3. Goatsnake: Breakfast with the King b​/​w Deathwish

Heavyweights Goatsnake share two rare tracks from the recording sessions of their latest album Black Age Blues from 2015.

"Greetings Goat fiends!" the band address their fans. "We hope all of you are keeping your heads up during these challenging times. We are making available two rare 'Snake tracks that have not been available digitally until now! Proceeds will be donated to the Color Of Change organization to help further their absolutely vita work they do. Racial justice is an issue for everyone, and we all need to be proactive in working towards the goal of equal justice and fair treatment for everybody."

2. Psychic Graveyard (with SECRET FUN CLUB): Cheap Casket

In collaboration with San Diego‘s Secret Fun Club, great noise rockers, Psychic Graveyard, revisit Cheap Casket, a track off their debut album, Loud As Laughter, and release it as a limited edition single through the also great, SKiN GRAFT Records.

1. SUNN O))): 606_LM preproduction 270618

In May 2018 Greg and Stephen entered the 606 Studios in Los Angeles owned by Dave Grohl and rehearsed the tracks which later became Life Metal and Pyroclasts. Now these recording are being available as three different pre-production demo releases with the proceeds going to ActBlue.

SUNN O))) comments: "SUNN O))) stands in solidarity with the BLACK LIVES MATTER movement and the revolutionary movement, the demonstrations and protests in the United States and around the world.  We stand in solidarity against the police state, police brutality, against systemic social, institutional racism and bigotry, and are vehemently antiracist and antifascist in our morals. We say fuck you to the horrendous Donald Trump administration and their responses, perhaps the worst government the USA has ever had. 


"We will be donating proceeds from sales of these rehearsal demos to ACTBLUE’s campaign which splits donations between 70+ community bail funds, mutual aid funds, and racial justice organisers. You can read more about their work here: https://bit.ly/2BQwmK8"

The complete list of artists and labels offering donations

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