On 24 April, The Homeless Gospel Choir’s new album will be out everywhere.
Pittsburgh, PA-based, The Homeless Gospel Choir, (Derek Zanetti) has announced new single Blind Faith. The song is taken from the brand new full-length, This Land Is Your Landfill, due out 24 April from A-F Records (North America) and Hassle Records (UK/EU).
“There’s a sparkle in the eye of those in positions of power when the people are scared, paranoid, and in need of guidance.” says Derek Zanetti on the single. “The danger with Religion is that it holds hostage common sense and good basic reason for something that is intangible, unexplainable, and without proof. Theres is a comfort in blindly following something. I think people feel secure with clinging to an answer even if they know that the answer they have is wrong. That’s what they are banking on, and that’s the scariest part.
This song is about continually witnessing others getting beat by blindly following something they know is broken, and not being able to get through to them.”
After the passing of his father, Zanetti sought a new kind of comfort from music-a need for big, cathartic songs, and the solace of the community he’d found in the punk scene. The result is This Land Is You Landfill, where Zanetti is joined by Matt Miller (Endless Mike and the Beagle Club, Wingnut Dishwashers Union), Maura Weaver (Mixtapes, Ogikubo Station), Megan Schroer (Boys, Kitty Kat Fan Club), and Craig Luckman (Small Pollen, Belly Boys), along with producer Chris #2 (Anti-Flag, White Wives) and more, to help create a loud new chapter for The Homeless Gospel Choir. The band’s sound may have changed drastically but Zanetti’s unique lyricism remains, and This Land Is Your Landfill deftly balances the personal (grief, ageing, self-perception) with the sociopolitical (environmentalism, toxic social media, the hate and ignorance fuelled by the Trump administration). The result is an urgent album that captures The Homeless Gospel Choir as the punk rock family it was always meant to be.