Three-piece THE RIOT returns today with their strongest statement yet, a song that speaks to the trio’s vision and ability to find unity in a time of chaos.
Opening with an almost Moses Sumney-like choral part before ducking and weaving through rap and hardcore, ‘See it Believe it’ is an anthem for those who have never had one written for them, a siren call to those unseen by a failing system.
Written in the wake of George Floyd’s heinous murder and the subsequent protests that sprung up across the globe, ‘See it Believe it’ is not a ‘protest song’ in any traditional sense, it’s a song for those who have suffered under the hand of a cruel system. It’s for people of colour who saw themselves and their oppression reflected in the news over the past year; it’s for LGBTQIA+ people, still persecuted around the globe; for impoverished and suffering workers, doing back-breaking labour for cents under the hands of tech companies; for women diminished by a society geared against them; for anyone who has ever looked up and felt the unseen hands of government and capitalism toying with their fate like the flip of a coin.
Along with the single, THE RIOT have revealed today the official video which is directed by Xinger Xanger (akd Jordan Kirk). Already building a reputation for dynamic videos (as seen with ‘Same Blunt’ and ‘Dog In The Shade’), THE RIOT’s new clip doesn’t disappoint. Lead vocalist JD says of the new clip, “The music video captures the final feeling that ties this song together as a whole. Jordan instantly shared the same vision as us and was able to portray it in a way we could have only wished for.”
It is no coincidence that THE RIOT is releasing ‘See it Believe it’ eight months after it was written, as opposed to immediately. The band’s message is clear: this suffering is ongoing, and it requires a unity of vision, a radicalising of the masses, to end. We need a riot; we need THE RIOT.
Friday 23 April 2021
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