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premiere: the mighty angelo moore celebrates “rebellion” on his new single

September 25, 2020
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What? The legendary Angelo Moore has teamed up with Del the Funky Homosapien and Claude Coleman Jr. for a new song about the Standing Rock protests? Stop talking and play the damn track.


The single from Moore’s Brand New Step project rides an intoxicating groove that injects wails of noise into it’s dub roots. Moore condemns the state’s use of rubber bullets and other suppressive tactics, while Del’s ever-incisive lyrics explain “understand, we been cordial / you can’t afford to / your cause is immoral.” Few artists excel at injecting poetry into complex scenarios like Del, and few artists rebel like Angelo Moore. Though the song was specifically written about the #NoDAPL movement, it’s resonance to every other struggle for justice–particularly the ongoing Uprising for Black Lives–is profound. With “Rebellion,” the Fishbone icon continues to prove that Brand New Step is a vital musical force.

Angelo Moore tells us he sought out Del due to him “being a rebel with a cause, would be perfect for this song and his opinion on the matter.” He explains “’Rebellion’ is about fighting back, and was inspired by the Sioux Indian tribes’ attempt to gain back their land from the US government that was forcibly installing a pipeline across the Missouri River, their rightful Sioux tribal territory. The organization that goes by the name ‘EARTHJUSTICE’ engaged in a battle against the authorities until they won and the judge shut down the project discontinuing the pipeline project. This re-iterates in a quote from the song, ‘its a rebellion – it ain’t a truce.'”

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