*** YUKON BLONDE appear alongside Hey Rosetta! in this video ***
One fascinating aspect of the current political campaign leading up to election day on Oct. 19 has been the outspoken pleas of many leading figures in Canadian music for a change of government.
Blue Rodeo grabbed plenty of attention with their hard-hitting new anti-Harper song and video "Stealin' All My Dreams". It has quickly notched 340k YouTube views and can be seen here.
Neil Young has been as candid as ever, and the #ImagineOct20th campaign spearheaded by Dan Mangan and Torquil Campbell (of Stars) is also having an impact. Two notable bands supporting that campaign are Hey Rosetta! and Yukon Blonde. Hey Rosetta! recently released a politically charged, anti-Conservative Party themed track," Land You Love", and their pals Yukon Blone joined them in a new video for the track.
In a press release, Hey Rosetta! mainman Tim Baker explained that the song's origin started "when our friends Dan Mangan and Torquil Campbell reached out with their #ImagineOct20th concept and the strategic voting awareness movement. Looking at our schedule I realized that, other than the odd tweet, there wasn’t much we could do live, as we were going to be on the road the whole time up until Election Day. So I thought maybe we could learn and perform a cover song, something good and empowering and ‘protesty’, and then film it and send it around. Unable to find a song that spoke precisely to our present political situation in Canada though, I decided to give myself an afternoon to see if anything would come to me in the way of an original song. “Land You Love” is the song that came out of that. It came very fast, as it seems there’s no shortage of things to talk/yell about when talking about the current federal government."
Baker then asked Yukon Blonde for their help with the accompanying video. He recalls "they were into it, but being from the other end of this vast country, and being continually on tour as well, we were unable to physically be together for the shoot. So we had a bit of fun with this quite complicated split screen idea. And it turned out to be kind of poetic to me, us being from NL and them being from BC. And just like the Canadian populace, we were far-flung and we had to turn to technology to speak together with one voice.”
The video has quickly resonated, grabbing well over 100,000 views in just a few days. Baker's lyrics are strong and direct, in the best protest music tradition. A sample here: "There is a time when a change has to come, For you to speak your mind, for you to fight for the land you love".
It takes courage for artists to be so candid and overt in their political views, as they risk alienating fans who do not share their opinions. We salute them for their strong stance.