Suffer The Children release politically-charged track ‘Doesn’t Mean We’re Free.’
Electronic R&B trio Suffer The Children have released their politically-charged single ‘Doesn’t Mean We’re Free.’ This follows the release of their compelling debut titled ‘Killing Hands’ and recent single ‘Someone To Lose,’ which showcased the trio’s emotive, physical side gaining immediate support from the likes of The Vancouver Sun, CLASH Magazine, All Music and AFROPUNK.
‘Doesn’t Mean We’re Free’ is a politically-fuelled single, submerged deep in the depths of unjust historical isolation; darkened, glassy basslines pulsate against percussive rattles and clatter inducing a frigid, sombre atmosphere. Vocalist Rian’s humble yet gripping delivery simultaneously invokes sentiment and echoes of oppression from our systematically-shackled society.
Suffer The Children’s lyrical content delves deep into realism and existentialism; outspoken in diplomacy and expressive in psychology, the trio question existence and reality to seek out the same answers we as humans yearn to understand. The ethos of Suffer The Children lies in honest collaboration and intelligent songwriting – without a specific end goal in mind. Inspired by aspects of modern trap and 80’s alternative pop, STC’s influences include Phil Collins, New Order, Lou Reed, Coco Rosie, Ane Brun, Bon Iver, SBTRKT, Kanye West and Little Dragon.
Operating from both London and Vancouver, the trio found common ground in the need to express themselves and experiment as friends and creators. Multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and producer Chin has Grammy Awards to boast for his work with Drake, Eminem and Aloe Blacc, and has shared stages with the likes of The Fugees, The Roots, TLC, and James Brown. Rian is a consummate performer who has toured, performed and provided vocals for the likes of Estelle, Leona Lewis, CeeLo Green, and five-time Grammy winner Michael McDonald. Dancer, painter and poet Shallom, aka Indigo is a skilled visual artist and curator, having worked with a span of top muralists (Faith47, David Shillinglaw, Scott Sueme, Mak1one, Kofie, Remi/Rough) and participated in major street art festivals around the globe (Living Walls ATL, Articulate:Baltimore, Vitry Jam, Project Amsterdam Street Art, MANIFESTO Festival).
Speaking of the new song STC commented: “Strong words for difficult times. From Billie Holliday’s Strange Fruit to Nina Simone’s Mississippi Goddamn; from Marvin Gaye’s What’s Goin’ On to Miriam Makeba’s Piece of Ground – music has always been part of the resistance. As people of color, each of us has a personal and generational history that cannot be separated from the politics and prejudice of white supremacy. We believe that as artists we have a responsibility to speak out against systemic racism and inequality, especially in times such as these. Just because we don’t see no chains, doesn’t mean we’re free.”
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