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We Are the World sing a frightening 'Fight Song'

July 8, 2010 |  2:58 pm

I'm going to concur with our bros over at Buzz Bands that the demonic L.A. disco project We Are the World just released the best video from Los Angeles in 2010. There is a vampiric butoh lady. There are chest-mounted roto-toms and B-boy dance-offs between guys in turbans and everything in an eerie, stunning green silhouette (someone please drive a truck full of money to director Jonathon Narducci's house so he can do more of this, please). And the song is just abject evil -- Fever Ray's uncanny pitch-skewed vocals, a queasy synth bass, belligerent drum machines and this crescendoing dread that finally splatters into druggy juke-house mayhem. We dare you to try and find the population for whom this is party music, but We Are the World just put a spike into the heart of the rest of the L.A. avant-garde.  

-- August Brown

We Are the World plays the Echoplex this Saturday with Swahili Blonde and Weave!