While protest songs never went away, a worldwide awakening has created a need for more voices to rise, enter The Johnson Party a musical collective based out of the mountain ski town of Truckee, CA.  At the height of the 2020 global pandemic and social unrest, while millions of people are risking their health and safety by waiting in long lines to cast their vote, The Johnson Party are delivering a simple yet powerful message by way of their new song and video “Can’t let the Bastards Win”.

Their artistic connection and collective love for nature bonds this band of brothers as they deliver musical diversity that fuses elements of reggae, rock, americana, and soul while advocating for a vibrant outdoor lifestyle and a deep respect  for nature and the environment. 

When not playing music and kicking the door open for social change, you can find The Johnson Party skiingmountain slopes, hiking in river canyons, or involved in environmental projects. Their debut album, Random Rooms, out now, was recorded in western barns, dirty apartments, midnight parking lots, deep southern forests, and world class studios during road trips throughout the country.  The band is currently recording their sophomore album due out in 2021.

About the song Erik comments

“Can’t let the Bastards Win” is a relevant modern-day protest song, a celebration of love and the positive forward paths for the world, an acoustic punk-folk-pop message of defiance, resilience and hope for those seeking a better planet and fist-pumping, fun, rocking anthems.

We wrote this song because we believe in the underdog, in the possibility of a better future, and that it’s not over till it’s over.  It is not inevitable that we destroy the planet.  It is not inevitable that the bad guys win.  We believe in love over money.  We believe that getting outside into the wonders of nature is a path to understanding the things that are more important than materialism, things such as community, fresh air, dancing, music, family, and good friends.  While we believe and celebrate honored traditions, festive customs, and honored culture in general, we believe there is always a potential for a better way forward than going back.  It is not inevitable that the bastards win.

We hired Sawyer Harris, an upstart music videographer out of Michigan, to edit the video. We wanted to capture the current American story from a couple different angles at once: The giant faceless machine pushing the agenda of material and corporate culture, the compassionate people who exist within this situation and try to play their part in steering the world in a more positive direction, and all of us enjoying the ride despite what is going on around us.”

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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