My Morning Jacket’s Jim James has released a new song which aims to honour the victims of the Orlando shooting.
Omar Mateen killed 49 people and wounded 53 more when he opened fire on civilians at the nightclub in Florida in the early hours of June 12. He was shot dead by police. It was the deadliest incident of violence against LGBT people in the history of the United States.
According to Pitchfork, James wrote ‘Here in Spirit’ after attending a Los Angeles rally the day after the tragic shootings at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. You can listen to ‘Here in Spirit’ below.
Speaking in a statement, James said: “I was feeling so utterly gutted that things like this keep happening. It’s a song about speaking out and trying to be there for people in spirit even if you can’t be at every rally and battle.”
He continued, “We have such a duty to speak out for equality and for each other. I will always lend my voice to whatever the civil rights issue is of the day, to whomever needs the most help and love.”
‘Here in Spirit’ will appear on James’ forthcoming album ‘Eternally Even’ set for release on November 4 via ATO/Capitol.
James shared the music video for album track ‘Same Old Lie.’ It was released as part of the anti-Donald Trump program ’30 Songs, 30 Days’. Artists including Franz Ferdinand and Death Cab for Cutie have also taken part in 30 Songs, putting out new tracks explicitly aimed against the Republican presidential candidate.