“Stop The Bleeding” Features Jesse Leach of Killswitch Engage
As the world continues to fight for reform in the wake of multiple tragedies involving law enforcement, Bay Area legends Machine Head have released a 2-track single entitled, Civil Unrest. The release includes the songs, “Stop the Bleeding,” which includes guest vocals from Jesse Leach of Killswitch Engage. The B-Side on the single is called, “Bulletproof.” Both are unapologetic protest songs, written just days after the slayings of George Lynch and the release of the video showing the gunning down of Ahmaud Arbery.
Vocalist / guitarist Robb Flynn discussed what inspired the release, “I wrote and sang the lyrics on Wednesday May 27th, 2020, the day that the four officers who murdered George Floyd were (originally) not charged with anything. This day was engulfed in protests and riots across America. I drove into Oakland, past large demonstrations already happening and, in a fury, wrote down everything I was feeling after watching the horrific footage. Within hours, what I wanted to say, what I needed to say had been recorded in the song.”
Coupled with the release includes a performance video of ‘Stop The Bleeding” that was directed and edited by Mike Sloat. Flynn’s portion was shot on location in the streets of Oakland, with Leach’s portion being filmed in the streets of Kingston. NY with David Brodsky. The song functions as a scathing commentary on the country’s current state of affairs.
Flynn continues, “I had been speaking with Jesse for maybe 6 months about singing on the song, as it always had a little bit of a Killswitch vibe to me. Unfortunately (or fortunately), our schedules hadn’t lined up, but with the subsequent lockdown from coronavirus, we had time to make it work. After what happened to George Floyd, I sent him the lyrics I’d written, and he replied saying he was “100% on board”. Jesse is someone I consider to be a pioneer and, in many ways, one of the men who changed the face of metal. His contribution to this song made it extremely powerful and it’s an honor to have him be a part of it.”
As for Jesse Leach, the well-spoken frontman shared the same passion to share the song’s message. “Being asked to be part of this song is an honor. Yes, because it’s Machine Head, but more importantly, this is a message that needs to be heard and spread. These issues concerning abuses of power and racism are timeless. I have written about these previously and I’ll write about them again. I think Robb really nailed this one, both lyrically and sonically. My hope is this song helps awaken those who hear it. Robb has been a frequent voice of the voiceless in these times, so teaming up with him is a no brainer. We need more of our Metal Community to speak out on social issues and help raise awareness, especially during these crucial times. Music is the soundtrack to our lives, it transcends language and culture. This is the reason we as musicians need to do our part to spark thought and discussion on these types of issues. We can make a difference through music and we can help stop the bleeding.”
Machine Head will be donating a significant portion of the streaming revenue to the Grassroots Law Project, representing George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery.
Stream/Purchase CIVIL UNREST from Machine Head HERE.