Artists are no strangers to political statements. From Bob Marley to Bob Dylan, protests dongs have come to symbolize generations of political discontent. For one Portland band, Yatch, the use of music for protests goes beyond just dancing and disagreements – the band is donating all proceeds from the single to non-profit group, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).
In an interview with music journal Nothing Major, Yatch, expresses their desire to be part of the good fight against Orwellian tactics:
We wrote the song to release stress, but realized pretty quickly that we could use its energy as a force for good. We’re really aware of the issue of illegal NSA surveillance and frequently discuss it… In all our travels, we’ve always considered the Internet home—safe, free, unifying. To think that the government feels entitled to trample around on our turf is not only aesthetically repulsive, but the precedent it sets, its lack of concern for the sanctity of the web or the privacy of its users, is really dangerous. This is act one of the dystopia. We can’t let a total surveillance state creep up on us by dismissing the warning signs.
The EFF’s lawsuit against the NSA, Jewel vs. NSA, was filed in 2008 and continues its way through Federal Courts. You can follow the case on the EFF’s website where updates are listed.
To purchase the dance single or donate, go to PartyattheNSA.com.