Switchfoot are out with the video to their new single ‘The Sound (John M. Perkins’ Blues)’, off the San Diego, California rock band’s seventh studio album ‘Hello Hurricane’, out lowercase people records/Atlantic.
Frontman Jon Foreman had this to say about the song and the man it is about:
John M. Perkins is an American civil rights leader. Born in Mississippi to a sharecropper, he grew up in the dire poverty and bitter racism of the time. At the age of 17 his older brother was murdered at the hands of a town marshall, so he fled the state vowing never to return. Yet in 1960 Dr. Perkins and his wife, Vera Mae Perkins, felt compelled to go back to help the poor in rural Mississippi. Since then, Dr. Perkins has written numerous books, lectured across the world and has devoted his life to community development and racial reconciliation throughout the world. Dr. Perkins turns 80 on June 16th….this video is a tribute to his compassionate commitment to love the oppressed and the oppressor. His life is living proof that love does conquer all, including violence and hatred. Love is the final fight.
Watch it via YouTube below.