Ted Leo and the Pharmacists Issue Surprise Charity EP
The ever-outspoken punk rocker gathered his Pharmacists and hit the studio to lay down the two original songs and two covers that comprise the Rapid Response EP, available right this very instant for digital download from Touch and Go.
In the liner notes for the EP, Leo explains, “Real people were hurt in St. Paul, and real people have bills to pay, and real people need funding to continue their good works. We (the band and I) were all feeling these events as deeply as we could from our 1200 mile remove, and so as not to feel entirely powerless, and in an attempt to contribute SOMETHING to that continuation of those good works, we wrote a song and recorded it, along with another new one we’d already been working on that’s pertinent to election time politics, and two covers we enjoy and that also have timely sentiments.” Those covers are of crust punk bands Amebix and Cock Sparrer.”
All proceeds from the EP will go to Democracy Now! and the Minneapolis chapter of Food Not Bombs. It’s available exclusively through Touch and Go at the moment, but will make its way to other online retailers after two weeks. Touch and Go is offering a sliding scale of payment for the EP, based on how much you’d like to donate to the cause.
Ted and the Pharmacists embark on their fall tour with fellow rabble-rousers Against Me! later this month, with the mighty Titus Andronicus picking up the support slot once they part ways towards the end of October. TL/Rx and Titus Andronicus hit Bloomington, Indiana on Election Day. Should be an interesting show!
Rapid Response EP:
01 Paranoia: Never Enough
02 Mourning in America
03 I Got Your Number [Cock Sparrer cover]
04 Nobody’s Driving [Amebix cover]