ANDREW BIRD RELEASES NEW SINGLE CAPITAL CRIMES
WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO HERE
DEBUTS LIVE FROM THE GREAT ROOM YOUTUBE SERIES
Toronto, ON – April 2, 2020 – Today, Grammy nominated multi-instrumentalist, Andrew Bird, releases his timely new single, Capital Crimes. Watch/share the video, directed by Matthew Daniel Siskin here, and listen/purchase the song here.
"I wrote Capital Crimes more than a year ago about capital punishment,” Andrew explains. “For a while they were giving IQ tests to death row inmates. If you scored below 70 your life was spared, above 70 and you were executed. Of course this is absurd and was eventually done away with but the fact that it was in practice for even for a moment is alarming. Lately we find ourselves having these moral arguments, these false choice fallacies that older citizens should sacrifice themselves for the sake of the economy. The government exists to protect and care for its citizens especially those who are most vulnerable, not decide who should be sacrificed. I hope the song handles the issue more eloquently than my prose here. 'If I let go of your hand it would be murder' - the things that hold our society together are not really institutions and laws but everyday humanity and compassion. An acceptance that we are all in this together. I thought this was a single issue song until Matthew Siskin put this video together and made me realize that it’s far more universal than I thought."
Andrew Bird’s series, Live from the Great Room, debuted on YouTube last week. The first 14 episodes of the 28-episode series are available now, with the remaining to be added in the coming weeks. Streamed live over the past three years from Andrew’s living room—with the exception of a special SXSW installment last year in front of a live audience—the pioneering series puts artists’ creative processes on display for fans as Bird performs and converses with friends, collaborators and fellow musicians in a candid, intimate setting. Some special guests include Chris Thile, Matt Berninger, John C. Reilly, Jim James, The LA Philharmonic, and many more. Check out Live From The Great Room here.