1.3.23

Setting Sun by Whitelands








The second single by Whitelands since the band's signing with Sonic Cathedral is Setting Sun, a song which comes with lyrics about racism, tokenism, and performative ignorance, and takes a heavier turn compared to their previous offerings.

“It’s another song of sadness from the Black diaspora,” explains singer and guitarist Etienne. “It is an unfortunate thing to write about, but as it keeps happening then songs will continue to get written.”

The murder of George Floyd in 2020 and the response that followed served as the inspiration for Setting Sun. Etienne continues: “It was one of the most difficult years we had faced being Black. Everyone had a think-piece. It brought out a lot in people that we never thought was in them and we lost a few friends because of it.

“It’s frustrating being the target of racism and also having ‘allies’ somehow coming up with more racist shit, then throw up a fist right after.”

The title refers to Sundown towns, which are exclusive white and racially biased neighborhoods in the United States.

“There are lots of places that may not be openly hostile to you, but a Confederacy flag is enough to let you know how welcome you are there,” says Etienne. “Seeing the England flag gives us the same vibes. The UK has a history of oppression and racism, and those values are enforced and embedded. Patriotism has that connotation. People like to incriminate themselves - just let them talk, stay quiet, poke and prod, and stuff just comes out.”

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Whitelands

Sonic Cathedral


❤ Wednesday, March 1, 2023