In recent months and years, we’ve been bombarded with one of the most divisive people on the planet, Donald Trump. With supporters and detractors all over the world, America’s new president is a controversial figure in many ways. Now, coinciding with Trump’s presidential inauguration this morning, the one group that has been the most vocal about their criticism are the world’s musicians.
We discovered last week, after weeks of debate and refusals, just who was going to headline Donald Trump’s inauguration concert. Understandably, the internet managed to turn that performance, and Donald Trump’s reaction to the gig, into a meme.
Trump mouthing along to 3 Doors Down is… quite something. pic.twitter.com/IH2VylLiTI
— Ryan Schwartz (@RyanSchwartz) January 19, 2017
Additionally, musicians all around the world have been throwing their support to anyone they perceive to be affected by the new changes that Donald Trump will bring in to America.
Following on from Gorillaz first song, and anti-Trump anthem ‘Hallelujah Money’, we found out that Canadian indie-rockers group Arcade Fire released their newest song ‘I Give You Power’ to coincide with Trump’s inauguration.
A collaboration with the legendary Mavis Staples, all proceeds from the track are going towards the American Civil Liberties Union. “It’s never been more important that we stick together & take care of each other,” Arcade Fire said in an accompanying tweet.
Meanwhile, another Canadian group, Austra, are releasing their third album, Future Politics, for free via Bandcamp, with all proceeds going to another group that Trump allegedly has in his sights, Planned Parenthood.
Likewise, as Pitchfork reports, numerous artists have come together to lend their support via a new compilation titled Our First 100 Days. With one song being released daily over the course of Trump’s first 100 days in office, artists such as the Mountain Goats, Angel Olsen, and Toro Y Moi have all contributed songs to the compilation, whose proceeds are being used to help organisations focusing on immigration, women’s rights, and climate science.
On a lighter note though, some musicians have been taking to Twitter over the course of Trump’s inauguration speech to help lighten the mood, and bring joy to those disheartened by the change in America’s politics.
"I will never ever let you down" -Trump
(my habitually cheating ex also said this to me.)#Inauguration
— TYLER_GLENN (@tylerinacoma) January 20, 2017
Can't wait for the next Inauguration! #Inauguration
— Kodaline (@Kodaline) January 20, 2017