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Fresh off the release of their most recent album, Integrity Blues, Jimmy Eat World are wading into the presidential race with a stern indictment of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Today the band released new track “My Enemy” as part of the anti-Trump 30 Days, 30 Songs playlist (which recently expanded to 50 songs because too many artists hate Trump). It’s an anxious, anthemic rocker that clearly calls out Trump’s hate-filled rhetoric and interrogates why so many of his supporters express hatred for people that don’t look and act like them.
“There are dangerous and very real consequences for using fear of ‘The Other’ to motivate a potential electorate,” the band wrote in a statement accompanying the single. “While that’s nothing new in politics, what is newly alarming in context of the current presidential campaign is how seemingly effective that strategy has been for a certain candidate.
“That candidate used the low-hanging fruit of fear mongering to gain his initial momentum and continues to employ variations of it to sustain his place,” they continued. “The only way to steer yourself against that kind of manipulation is to do the real self-work in discovering and letting go of your own fears. While that pursuit is difficult because it means fighting against your own ego, it remains worth the effort — not just for what it can do for us as individuals but even more for what it can do for our collective society. Are you willing to accept that maybe, just possibly what you feel as a threat, isn’t?”
Listen to “My Enemy” below.
There are 12 more tracks still to come in the playlist “written and recorded by artists for a Trump-free America.” Other artists that have contributed so far include Death Cab for Cutie, R.E.M., and Franz Ferdinand.