October 13, 2015


EMA Shares Obama-Sampling Gun Control Anthem "Active Shooter"

EMA (born Erika M. Anderson) has entered the political punk ringer with her latest track, "Active Ringer." The tune is a direct response to the recent string of mass shootings—think of it as a gun control anthem.

The song begins with deep, cadence-like drums. EMA's vocals kick in heavy with distortion, a somber repetition of "every kid in America." It feels like Karen O at her heaviest in the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

EMA signature noisy guitar riffs blast through the broken bridge, leading up to a sample of President Barack Obama's recent speech in Oregon following the Umpqua Community College shootings. He's heard speaking, "Somehow this has become routine. The reporting is routine. My response, here, at this podium ends up being routine. The conversation and the aftermath of it, we'll become numb to this."

EMA shared the song with a strong visual, scenes taken from Mount Pleasant, Texas Police Department's training video on mass shootings. 

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