Like Jeff Mangum and Amanda Palmer and all the other wonderful musicians who have dropped by Liberty Park, the boys of Howth have contributed to the Occupy Wall Street movement through music. I love that this whole situation has begun to spur some extremely relevant protest songs.
Here’s what the band had to say about their contribution to the cause:
The song Belly of the Beast was written by Carl after attending the Occupy Wall Street protests at Times Square on 10/15/11 with Blake and Mecca Lecca Recording Company founder Jonny Leather.
After the protests, a General Assembly was held at Washington Square park where Professor Gayatri Spivak of Columbia University gave a speech stressing the importance of political action by Occupy Wall Street demonstrators because they are in “the belly of the beast.”
Some footage of Professor Gayatri’s moving speech can be found here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FmmDEZMTn8
Because amplification is not allowed at public protests in New York City, those that attend General Assemblies must utilize a series of echoes to spread the message of speakers to the entire group, an experience that is truly powerful to witness and be a part of.