Montreal-based band Young Galaxy is sending a powerful message to their fans. In the midst of sociopolitical crises like the plight of foreign refugees and the recent United States presidential election, Young Galaxy is taking a stance with their new song, “Stay For Real.” Premiered on Gorilla vs. Bear, the track also marks the end of an era and the beginning of a new journey for Young Galaxy, as they are releasing it independently.
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The band released this powerful statement about their single: “We can no longer stand idly by and rely only on the people who shape the world for us culturally and politically. We must stay true to ourselves and feel the courage of our convictions in the face of polarizing political and personal views. But most of all, we must show empathy, compassion and love - even when faced with increasing existential threats, and fear and hostility. This song is a statement of intent, as we enter a new era, to hopefully serve as a reminder to ourselves of what our responsibilities are as artists in this troubled time.”
Young Galaxy makes a bold move by saying that their decision to move forward independently is an inherently political one. It is incredibly admirable of them to stand up and stand against injustice in a time like this, and it makes “Stay For Real” more than worth listening to. Young Galaxy should serve as a role model to other bands and artists during this time. Art is what will allow us to express ourselves freely and openly in a time when it feels as though important truths are being shut down and hidden in favor of those in charge. Art can bring us together in difficult times like the one the country is facing now. Artists have a responsibility to the truth, and to bringing people together in love and hope. It is important to make art that shows our opinions, and we should not be afraid to speak out on issues we feel strongly about. Young Galaxy is extremely passionate about their personal stance, and it comes through strongly in their music. As another facet of their dedication to fighting the good fight, Young Galaxy has partnered with Plus1 so that all net proceeds from the sale of “Stay For Real” will go towards three organizations that advocate for the rights of marginalized groups: PIVOT (Canada), the ACLU (USA), and W.A.V.E (EU). Listen to “Stay For Real.”
Follow Young Galaxy’s example, and make art that sends a message. Keep making art in the face of war and injustice. Make your voice heard, and do not be afraid to stand up and speak out. Be defiant, be brave, and be bold. “Stay For Real” encourages that.
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