Published Nov 04, 2016Following in the footsteps of Death Cab for Cutie, Franz Ferdinand, R.E.M. and more, Jimmy Eat World have shared their politically charged contribution to the 30 Days, 30 Songs campaign.
Over the last month, the series has brought together an array of artists, each sharing their own take on an anti-Donald Trump protest track. Jimmy Eat World's offering is called "My Enemy," and it's pretty clear who they're referring to.
They released a statement about the song, which reads:
There are dangerous and very real consequences for using fear of "The Other" to motivate a potential electorate. 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 fearmongering to gain his initial momentum…and continues to employ variations of it to sustain his place. The only way to steel 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" in the player below. Jimmy Eat World's latest album Integrity Blues is out now.