Oakland’s The Coup just released the first single from their upcoming album entitled Sorry to Bother You, their first since 2008’s Party Music.
“The Magic Clap” features, well, an awful lot of hand claps while MC Boots Riley calls for action. (I recommend reading more about Riley’s work with the Occupy movement in this New York Times article.) One of the things I love about The Coup is Riley’s ability to spit intelligent, thought provoking lyrics that would still make a great soundtrack for a party. If the first track is any indication of the entire album, that trend should continue. Sorry to Bother You will feature guest appearances by Das Racist, Japanther, Killer Mike, and others.
If you want to get your hands on the album before October 30, you can support The Coup’s kickstarter campaign for a new tour bus to receive a copy of the album a week before it hits stores. Other awards range from Boots Riley writing something mean about someone you don’t like on a bathroom wall to the hat worn by Roger Guenevere Smith in the video for “Me And Jesus The Pimp In A ’79 Granada Last Night”.
Many people may not realize that The Coup is an immensely talented full band and their live shows are a blast. It just so happens that you can catch The Coup in person at the Treasure Island Music Festival on Saturday, October 13. If you can’t make it to Treasure Island and have a spare five g’s lying around, you can donate to their kickstarter fund and have them play at your house. Either way, you’re probably going to have the most fun you’ve ever had while gaining a new outlook on the dangers of capitalism.