With an arsenal of blistering guitars, driving percussion and a crucial perspective, COMMANDO use their ferocious energy and lyricism to unite crowds in the struggle to smash racism, queerphobia, transphobia, fascism and all things that close society's minds, eyes and hearts. They're back with new music.
"EMET (Izdis Hymn?)" is a magical realism-oriented ode to Emmett Louis Till
(July 25, 1941 – August 28, 1955) a 14-year-old African-American boy from Chicago, lIllinois who was tortured and killed while visiting family in Money, Mississippi for an alleged sexual offense toward a local white woman.
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The song’s title contextualizes the song’s gradual reveal through an overlay of Till’s name with the Hebrew word EMET (“Truth”) and an African-American Vernacular English (AAVE) phonetic refrain (Is This Him?/Is This Hymn?/Izdis Hymn?) pointing toward ceremonial prayer, grief, generational trauma ancestral blood memory.
The lyric and samples further ground references to Black popular cultural media characters murdered/martyred in sexualized violence by Racism/White Supremacy: Daniel Robitaille/“Candyman” (from the eponymous 1992 film) and the wrongly convicted John Coffey from the 1998 film The Green Mile.
In tandem with the single release comes the announcement of COMMANDO’s headline show at Noise Pop Festival. The concert is taking place February 21st at Bottom of the Hill. The support act will be announced soon.
Find the entire Noise Pop Festival schedule here.