Dropping with an opening sample of rapper Scarface, Living Colour debuts "Program" today — the latest release from the band's upcoming album, Shade [Megaforce], due September 8, 2017.
"Program" deals with the subject of today's news media.
Living Colour vocalist Corey Glover explains: "Back in the day, the news was called a 'loss leader.' It wasn't for profit. News wasn't made to sell stuff. News was there to be purely informational. That's all the news was supposed to be—a public service that lets you know what's going on in and around the world you live in. It was not to be an arm of some sort of political ideology."
Shade — produced by Andre Betts — is the first Living Colour album in eight years, and it was inspired by the band's performance of Robert Johnson's "Preachin' Blues" at a concert at Harlem's Apollo Theater.
"To me, there seems to be a shadow cast across our collective lives," says guitarist Vernon Reid. "We can either allow it to oppress us or we can shine a light on it. Shade is the sound of a band coming to terms with the shadows and shining a light by using the blues as a mirror."