Proof positive that the coronavirus pandemic isn’t all bad news – lockdown supergroup The Cherry Truck Band have released charity single Love Become Law.
And Black Stone Cherry’s collaboration with Monster Truck has been described as a ‘force for change’ by the latter’s Jon ‘Marv’ Harvey.
Love Become Law will raise funds for Black Lives Matter and The Boys And Girls Clubs Of America.
And Harvey said: “The Cherry Truck Band started with a bunch of friends getting together over long distances to create something memorable, meaningful and joyous.
“Over the five weekly episodes, our entire world basically turned upside down.
“The people were rising up. The people were tired of being oppressed. The people were tired of suffering for doing nothing wrong.
“The people were ready to force change.
“This is our anthem in solidarity to those fighting for basic rights.
“This is our voices saying, ‘we love you, we hear you, we respect and love you’.
“Black lives matter. Without the impact of black culture, there would be no modern music, period.
“Respect, protect and celebrate diversity. Our world depends on it.”
Monster Truck appeared on Black Stone Cherry’s Cherry Chats podcast earlier this year.
And after enjoying their virtual time together, the two bands agreed to collaborate on a Zoom-fuelled tune which allowed fans to witness the songwriting process as it happened.
“The idea of The Cherry Truck Band can honestly be credited to the pandemic that our world is in,” added Black Stone Cherry.
“We saw tour after tour being cancelled and so many bands were turning to live streaming performances online.
“We put our heads together with our great friends in Monster Truck and decided to do something we hadn’t seen any other bands do to help pass the time while still entertaining fans.
“That idea was to write a song, LIVE to the world and divide it up into segments to show our fans the process of writing and creating.
“We had never done this with another full band before, let alone do it while we’re live streaming.
“It was incredibly exciting and fun and we are so proud of the song and more importantly, it’s meaning!
“This song is about uniting, being and living as one, and most importantly, loving each and every person that walks this planet.
“We hope you enjoy it as much as we did creating it for you!”
Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organisation in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.
By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centring Black joy, the organisation is winning immediate improvements. You can see more on them here: https://blacklivesmatter.com/
Talking about donating to The Boys And Girls Clubs Of America, Black Stone Cherry explained: “The Boys And Girls Club is an organisation we feel very strongly about because they are telling young people that success is within reach – no matter who they are, where they come from, their race, etc..
“We love that the Boys And Girls Club is helping teach responsibility, education and instilling a hard work ethic at a young age so that these kids can grow up and be proud of themselves and what they have accomplished!
“We have donated to our community club for several years and we are honoured to help out by donating the Boys And Girls Club Of America where we know in our hearts they are helping to make a difference in our young generation.”
Read more info on the charity here: https://www.bgca.org/
Love Become Law is available here