Hear Death Cab for Cutie’s New Anti-Trump Track ‘Million Dollar Loan’
Given that they just released an album last year, there wasn't much reason to expect new music from Death Cab for Cutie in 2016. As it turns out, all it took to get the band back in the studio was a presidential election.
The band has contributed a new song, "Million Dollar Loan," to a multi-artist musical effort dubbed 30 Days, 30 Songs. The track, which you can listen to above, serves as a disdainful rejoinder to a widely reported comment made by Republican candidate Donald Trump regarding the "small loan of a million dollars" he received from his father when he was starting out in business.
"While campaigning in New Hampshire last year, he attempted to cast himself as a self-made man by claiming he built his fortune with just a 'small loan of a million dollars' from his father. Not only has this statement been proven to be wildly untrue, he was so flippant about it. It truly disgusted me," wrote Death Cab frontman Ben Gibbard. "Donald Trump has repeatedly demonstrated that he is unworthy of the honor and responsibility of being President of the United States of America, and in no way, shape or form represents what this country truly stands for. He is beneath us."
The 30 Days, 30 Songs initiative is spearheaded by author Dave Eggers, and per its name, plans to release a new song each day until the election on Nov. 8. Other acts involved — all under the banner "artists for a Trump-free America" — include R.E.M. (who've contributed an unreleased live performance), Jim James of My Morning Jacket, and Aimee Mann. Proceeds from the music have been earmarked for the Center for Popular Democracy.
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