The Bruce Lee Band highlight anti-Asian hate crime on new single

The Bruce Lee Band Press photo

Californian ska pioneers The Bruce Lee Band have released the video for Division In The Heartland, the lead single and title track from their forthcoming new EP of the same name, released May 28th, 2021 via Asian Man Records. Watch the time-lapse video featuring artist Gilbert Armendariz for Division In The Heartland via YouTube below.

You can also stream the single here: Bandcamp / Spotify / Apple Music

Over the years, The Bruce Lee Band has included members of Less Than Jake and Rx Bandits, fronted by Asian Man Records founder Mike Park (Skankin’ Pickle, Bruce Lee Band) on vocals/saxophone. The current incarnation also features Jeff Rosenstock on bass/keys/saxophone, Dan Potthast (MU330) on guitar, and Kevin Higuchi (Jeff Rosenstock) on drums.

The video for the single combines the song’s evocative anti-racist political message with powerful time-lapse painting from artist Gilbert Armendariz that highlights the track’s themes of domestic strife and powerlessness. The band will be auctioning the art featured in the video to raise money for charity.

Armendariz’s original painting, which measures 45″ by 38″, will be signed by all of the band’s members and the artist, with all proceeds going to the nonprofit Stop AAPI Hate. The auction, open exclusively to US-based bidders, will take place on the Asian Man Records eBay page and end on Friday, April 2.

Taking just three days to record their forthcoming EP, The Bruce Lee Band channeled COVID-imposed restlessness and broader anger at the state of the union into a taut, take-no-prisoners EP.

As much a vital dispatch to the nation as it was a necessary emotional exhale for this team of close friends and collaborators, lead single Division In The Heartland turns the scarily isolating nature of modern politics into a cathartic group therapy session.  

Division In The Heartland will be released May 28 through all major streaming platforms, as well as physically on limited-edition 12” random-coloured vinyl through Asian Man Records. 

About Asian Man Records

Asian Man Records is the brainchild of Bay Area multihyphenate Mike Park, founded in 1996 with the goal of supporting independent bands while keeping music prices affordable for fans. In between playing in the bands Ogikubo Station, Kitty Kat Fan Club, The Chinkees and pursuing other musical ventures, Park’s egalitarian approach has led him to sign bands including Alkaline Trio, AJJ, Bomb The Music Industry, Grumpster, Lemuria, Joyce Manor and more.

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