Chicago-based punk band, Blind Adam and the Federal League, just released their new single and music video for “Drier Ground” this morning, off their sophomore album, An Act of Desperation. The album is available for pre-order now and due out on September 10th via A-F Records.
An Act of Desperation was recorded in October 2019 at Anti-Flag’s A-F Records studio in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with producer and engineer Chris “#2” Barker. Originally set to release in the summer of 2020, the band decided to put it on hold to focus on their solidarity with the Black Lives Matter uprisings, as well as the mutual aid project People’s Pizza Party in partnership with Brace Space Alliance, and focus on communities that were impacted by Covid-19.
The recording is comprised of Adam Gogola (Vocals/Guitar), Alex Simotes (Bass/Vocals), Ellie Z (Lead Guitar/Vocals), and Dan Alfonsi (Drums). They have respectively played in bands such as Article 57, The Night Brigade, Badwater Sound, and Still Alive.
“The opening track ‘Drier Ground’ is the only song in our catalog that was not written by Adam Gogola. The band’s lead guitarist, Ellie, wrote it with the band in mind. When we heard the first demo, we knew it would be the first track on the record. It’s a song of solidarity, a hopeful song that highlights the horrors of late-stage capitalism with a sense of excitement about building a better world through mutual aid solidarity with all oppressed peoples. In the spirit of the song, we’d like to bring your attention to Stop Line 3, an Indigenous women and Two Spirit led movement to stop an oil pipeline from being constructed under the headwaters of the Mississippi River on Anishinaabe Treaty Lands. Visit StopLine3.org for more info and ways to plug in. Water is Life.” – Blind Adam and the Federal League