Marc Ribot takes on Brett Kavanaugh with protest/parody song “Beer”
Marc Ribot recently released an album of protest songs (including one featuring longtime collaborator Tom Waits), and now he has released another protest song (and video) with his avant-punk trio Ceramic Dog (Ribot + Shahzad Ismaily and Ches Smith). It's called "Beer," and it takes on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Ribot says:
We like beer too. But we sure hate sexual assault, and super privileged machos who think they can get away with anything, and congresspeople who enable them. If this means we're going to “reap the whirlwind: let’s make the most of it!
Ww actually had the song "Beer" recorded long before the Kavanaugh hearings… and were still working on it… but when we heard Kavanaugh testify, we realized we needed to put it out NOW… I’ll fix my guitar parts after the mid-terms.
We got in touch with (videographer) Nye Taylor through my friends Jem Cohen and Astra Taylor, and we shot it in my apartment in half an hour. (true confession: that’s ME behind the Kavanaugh mask!).” Ribot adds “it was fun, and now i don’t have to worry about a Halloween costume!
f we all don’t speak out NOW to oppose Kavanaugh, we’re going to wake up Sunday with a 30 year hangover.
You can watch the video, which parodies Kavanaugh's nonsensical testimony, below.
For more punk musicians taking on Kavanaugh, see Jawbox guitarist speaks on ex classmate Brett Kavanaugh & frat culture.