Ted Leo Gets “Rapid Response” From RNC

 

Four-song EP recorded on the quick after Leo
watches brutality in St. Paul

By Blurt Staff

 

“Real people were hurt in St. Paul, and real people have bills to pay,
and real people need funding to continue their good works. We (the band and I)
were all feeling these events as deeply as we could from our 1200 mile remove,
and so as not to feel entirely powerless, and in an attempt to contribute
SOMETHING to that continuation of those good works, we wrote a song and
recorded it. This isn’t meant to be some grand sweeping statement on our part –
it’s just a way for us to contribute SOMETHING real to the lives of real human
beings, and show our material support for those whose actions and thoughts we
value in this ideological struggle.”

 

 

That’s Ted Leo,
speaking today in a statement, about his reaction to the police actions in
Minneapolis/St. Paul during the RNC. As a result Leo and the band went
into his home studio last week and recorded two new songs, “Paranoia: Never Enough” and “Mourning In America,” plus two cover
tunes, “I Got Your Number”
(originally by Cock Sparrer) and “Nobody’s
Driving” (Amebix). Together the yield the Rapid Response EP that
Leo hopes will “bring awareness and financial aid to the people affected by the
police brutality in Minnesota.”

 

Rapid
Response
is available now for an exclusive two-week window via Touch and Go
Records (www.touchandgorecords.com)
for $4.00, with other donation options available for those who would like to
contribute an additional amount. After the two week period, Rapid Response will be available for single track purchase at online retailers (Itunes, Amazon
et al), as well as the Touch and Go Records website. All proceeds from this EP
will go directly to Food Not Bombs Minneapolis, Democracy Now and the legal
fees for those who have been arrested.

 

A
complete explanation from Ted Leo about this project can be found here.


[Photo
Credit: Ryan Russell]

 

Ted Leo & the Pharmacists Tour Dates:

 

9-30
Birmingham, AL – WorkPlay *
10-01 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade *
10-02 Hilton Head, SC – Stages Music and More *
10-03 St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Landing *
10-04 Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues *
10-05 Gainesville, FL – Common Grounds *
10-07 Greensboro, NC – Greene Street *
10-08 Washington, DC – Black Cat *
10-09 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory *
10-10 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom *
10-11 New York, NY – Webster Hall *
10-12 Boston, MA – Wilbur Theatre *
10-14 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s *
10-15 Des Moines, IA – People’s Court *
10-16 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue *
10-17 Chicago, IL – Riviera Theater *
10-18 Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre *
10-20 Omaha, NE – Slowdown *
10-21 Englewood, CO – Gothic Theater *
10-22 Salt Lake City, UT – In the Venue *
10-23 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory *
10-24 Seattle, WA – Showbox *
10-25 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater *
10-27 San Francisco, CA – The Grand Ballroom *
10-28 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern *
10-30 San Diego, CA – Casbah #
10-31 Tucson, AZ – Club Congress #
11-02 Norman, OK – The Opolis #
11-03 Columbia, MO – Blue Note #
11-04 Bloomington, IN – Buskirk-Chumley Theatre #
11-05 Pittsburgh, PA – Diesel #

* with Against Me!, Future of the Left
# with Titus Andronicus

 

 

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