Death Cab for Cutie have brought this contentious election into their new music.
The band has shared "Million Dollar Loan," a powerful, poignant song that the outfit says specifically calls out Donald Trump's assertion that he is a "self-made man" after being given a "small loan of a million dollars" from his father." DCFC frontman Ben Gibbard explained the song's meaning in the YouTube description of the video that features lookalikes of the Republican nominee. Watch the visual above and read his statement below:
"Lyrically, ‘Million Dollar Loan’ deals with a particularly tone deaf moment in Donald Trump's ascent to the Republican nomination. While campaigning in New Hampshire last year, he attempted to cast himself as a self-made man by claiming he built his fortune with just a ‘small loan of a million dollars’ from his father. Not only has this statement been proven to be wildly untrue, he was so flippant about it. It truly disgusted me. Donald Trump has repeatedly demonstrated that he is unworthy of the honor and responsibility of being President of the United States of America, and in no way, shape or form represents what this country truly stands for. He is beneath us."
Death Cab's "Million Dollar Loan" is the first installment in the 30 Days, 30 Songs project created by writer Dave Eggers, which will introduce a new anti-Trump song every day until the election on Nov. 8. According to a press release, the tracks will be a mixture of new material and unheard songs with the likes of R.E.M., Aimee Mann, Jim James, Thao Nguyen, Bhi Bhiman, and Clipping all on board so far.
All songs will be available on the 30 Days, 30 Songs website, streaming on both Spotify and Apple Music, and for purchase on iTunes. All proceeds will be donated to the Center for Popular Democracy, a group that is working to ensure universal voter registration for all Americans.
The 30 Days, 30 Songs Spotify playlist (below) will be updated daily:
Get a feel for how important this election is to Death Cab for Cutie with our powerful interview with the band's bassist Nick Harmer speaking about LGBTQ rights and more: