Left field R&B, spliced with electronica. That’s what you’ll get with trio, Suffer The Children. They’ve just announced their latest single, ‘Doesn’t Mean We’re Free’, which is out today. This track follows the release of their compelling debut titled, ‘Killing Hands’, and recent single, ‘Someone To Lose’. Both showcased the trio’s emotive, physical side.
Working out of London and Vancouver, Suffer The Children found common ground in the need to express themselves; Multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and producer Chin has Grammy Awards to boast for his work with Drake and Eminem. He has also shared stages with the likes of James Brown. Rian is a consummate performer who has toured, performed and provided vocals for Estelle, Leona Lewis, and CeeLo Green. Dancer, painter and poet Shallom, otherwise known as Indigo, is a skilled visual artist and curator.
Their relationship formed on the want to experiment as friends and creators.
‘Doesn’t Mean We’re Free’ is a politically fuelled single. It’s submerged deep in the depths of unjust historical isolation. Darkened baselines pulsate against percussive rattles and clatter, inducing a frigid, sombre atmosphere. Vocalist Rian’s humble yet gripping delivery simultaneously invokes sentiment and echoes of oppression.
The ethos of Suffer The Children lies in honest collaboration and intelligent songwriting. Without a specific goal in mind. Their lyrical content delves further still into realism and existentialism. Outspoken in diplomacy and expressive in psychology, the trio question existence and seek out the same answers we as humans yearn to understand.
Speaking about the track, they simply said, “Strong words for difficult times. From Billie Holliday’s ‘Strange Fruit’ to Nina Simone’s ‘Mississippi Goddamn’, and Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Goin’ On’ to Miriam Makeba’s ‘Piece of Ground’, music has always been part of the resistance. As people of color, each of us has a personal and generational history that cannot be separated from the politics and prejudice of white supremacy. We believe that as artists we have a responsibility to speak out against systemic racism and inequality. Especially in times such as these. Just because we don’t see no chains, doesn’t mean we’re free”.